The Arizona Desert Lamp

Congrats to Campas

Posted in Campus, Politics by Evan Lisull on 3 September 2008

UA political prodigy Chris Campas, who first ran for office at age 17, has won his first primary contest:

As of last night, Campas, a history sophomoreat [sic] the UA’s main campus in Tucson, is also the Democratic candidate for the Cochise County Board of Supervisors in District 1.

I took an class with him last semester, and the guy is truly sharp. Although I may disagree with him on the vast majority of the issues (the picture itself should be a giveaway), his presence into this race will help to infuse the status quo of withered-up, uncompetitive city politics with a genuinely interesting personality.

Matt Yglesias has touched in these issues at his blog, and although I am quickly becoming an itinerant localist, city politics really do fall short of their idealized manifestations. The problem, of course, is that the in-and-outs of municipal elections are awfully boring when compared to the exotic tinge of international relations. Especially at a (somewhat) exclusive state school, focusing on, say, Cochise County seems like a step down. I would also argue at length that this sort of attitude has led to the litany of foreign follies at a national level, but that’s a story for another time (and, frankly, another blog).

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