There is an old saying when it comes to elections and elected officials, “All Politics is Local.” But do local issues really matter in larger races, like a race for Congress? Kate Kenski, Ph.D., who teaches political communications at the University of Arizona, says local issues do play into a statewide or national election when those issues are constantly in the media. An example of that is Arizona’s new immigration law.
In the race for US Senate, Senator John McCain and his mail Republican challenger J.D. Hayworth have both positioned themselves as tough on the border since the signing of Senate Bill 1070. The two men have released a myriad of statements, ads, and plans on border security. But just a few months ago, the issue wasn’t the border it was the economy. Political activists say all the attention on SB 1070 does have a silver lining, the federal government is once again talking about border security and immigration reform, which gives some hope that something, could actually be accomplished.