Don Goldwater

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Donald H. "Don" Goldwater is an Arizona Republican Party activist, and the nephew of the late U.S. senator and U.S. presidential candidate Barry M. Goldwater.

Goldwater serves as the Legislative District 16 Chairman for the Arizona Republican Party. He is also the Second Vice-Chairman for the Arizona PAChyderm Coalition. In 2004, Goldwater served as a delegate to the 2004 Republican National Convention.

On August 2, 2005, Goldwater announced he would be a candidate for Governor of Arizona in the Arizona gubernatorial election, 2006.[1] He stated his intention to run on a platform highlighting

  • border security,
  • educational reform,
  • tax and spending reductions,
  • water conservation, and
  • healthy forests.

On June 27, 2006, The Arizona Republic reported Goldwater with a double digit lead for the Republican gubernatorial primary.[2] However, according to Goldwater's Primary Election opponent Len Munsil, Goldwater's delay in qualifying for Clean Elections funding indicated a lack of grassroots political support.

Goldwater ultimately lost to Munsil in the Republican Primary Election[3] September 12, garnering 40.7% of the vote to Munsil's 49.4%, thus becoming the first and only person named "Goldwater" to lose a statewide election in Arizona.[citation needed]

Political history[edit]

In 1992, Don Goldwater was a Republican candidate in the Primary Election for Arizona State Senate in what was then Legislative District 6. Although he ran a well funded[citation needed] and well regarded[according to whom?] campaign, Goldwater lost by over 24% to a popular former Chandler, Arizona City Councilman, John Huppenthal.[4]

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