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Tempe’s political tale of two Coreys

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Posted: Thursday, May 15, 2008 12:53 am | Updated: 10:32 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Arizona may be the hot spot for identity theft, but a local political mistaken identity is causing confusion among some voters. What’s in a name when it comes to political recognition? Just ask Corey Woods.

It seems some folks think that Woods has dropped out of his race for a Tempe City Council seat. People are confusing him with Corey Harris, a Legislative District 20 candidate. Harris dropped out of his House race last month when he was unexpectedly called up for a second tour of duty to Iraq.

While both of these fine young men are earnest political candidates, they couldn’t be more different. They are running for two different seats in two different political elections — one for a state seat and another for Tempe City Council. They have different last names and racial backgrounds.

Woods was recently going door-to-door in a Tempe neighborhood when someone asked him, “When are you going to Iraq?”

Other voters have told him they didn’t vote for him because they thought he had already left the country. Woods and his supporters hear that every day. They’re spending more time explaining the two Coreys issue, not political positions.

To set things straight, Corey Harris, 32, is a second lieutenant in the Army Reserve and a decorated veteran of the Iraq war. Harris sought one of two seats in District 20. which includes west Chandler, Ahwatukee Foothills and south Tempe.

Harris, a Democrat, was also running with fellow Democrats Jim Toregson and Phill Westbrooks. On the Republican side, incumbent Rep. John McCormish of Ahwatukee and first time candidates Jeff Dial of Chandler and Andy Swann and Frank Schumck of Tempe are seeking the House seats.

Since Harris is being deployed for a year to help with rebuilding of Iraq, he couldn’t continue to run his campaign. He told his supporters that he would consider running again for political office at another time. I wish him well and I hope we see him on the political scene again.

Woods, 29, is very much running in the race for one of the two remaining Tempe City Council seats up for grabs Tuesday. He’s in the runoff with Tempe council incumbent Hut Hutson and candidates Julie Jakubek and Joel Navarro. All of these candidates have worked hard and long and deserve a good turnout on or before Tuesday.

What’s in a name? That which we call a candidate by his correct first and last name and political race.

Gail Fisher is a longtime East Valley resident, former teacher and current community volunteer and freelance writer. Reach her at fisher.readers@cox.net.

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