Originally Published: March 29, 2002 3 p.m.
PRESCOTT – Steve Udall announced his candidacy for Congressional District 1 Tuesday in Prescott, Flagstaff and Casa Grande.
Udall, a six-term Apache County attorney from St. Johns who resigned to run for Congress, is a member of an illustrious family of congressmen.
His cousins, New Mexico Congressman Tom Udall, who graduated from Prescott College, and former congressman Stewart Udall, who also served as Secretary of the Interior under presidents Kennedy and Johnson, joined Steve on the steps of the Yavapai County Courthouse Tuesday.
A Democrat, Udall described himself as a "passionately open-minded moderate."
There are several myths about rural Arizona, Udall said. One is that rural Arizona is one, big, happy family. But its strength is in its diversity and competing visions, he said.
Apache County citizens didn't elect him six times because they agreed with him; they did it "because they knew I could be trusted to listen, to do the best job I could, and to put the best traditions of public service above all else," Udall said.
Another myth is the polar opposite of the first, and it says rural Arizona is "so fractured in our geography, beliefs and priorities that experienced leadership dedicated to bringing us together around sensible solutions is a waste of time," Udall said.