The race for state senator in Legislative District 10 boils down to two main issues: how the state managed its financial crisis and the temperament of one of the candidates, Republican Frank Antenori.
Antenori is facing Democrat David Bradley in the race to represent a district that includes most of Tucson's east side, as well as a swath of midtown east of Campbell Avenue. The district's electorate is made up of 37 percent Democrats, 34 percent Republicans and 29 percent independents.
Antenori is an incumbent senator, but he served in the old LD30, which covered Tucson's far east side and included areas to the south, including Green Valley and part of Santa Cruz County. He works at Raytheon as a program manager.
Bradley served as a state representative from 2003 to 2011 in the old LD28, which covered most of midtown Tucson and neighbored Antenori's district. He is chief development officer at La Frontera Arizona.
When Bradley was in the House, Antenori alleges, Bradley contributed to the state's fiscal collapse by voting for budgets that were unrealistically optimistic.
"Here's a guy who voted for a budget he knew wasn't balanced in 2008. He voted for another one in 2009, and then in 2010 he continued this pattern. It was denial," Antenori said.
Bradley said he voted based on the best information available at the time, and that Antenori's approach to budgeting has damaged the state.
"We have money in the bank, but the infrastructure around us has collapsed," Bradley said.
A key issue that has arisen when Bradley talks with voters, he said, is Antenori's reputation for blowing up at people who oppose him. In one widely-reported episode March 15, Antenori berated a Phoenix police officer he disagreed with over the officers' testimony in a legislative hearing.
"When I say his name to people, it's the temperament issues that come to people's mind," Bradley said. "How you deal with people is a factor. No matter what you believe in, you don't have to characterize people you don't agree with as your enemy."
In a joint appearance Sept. 27 on the Bill Buckmaster radio show, Bradley asked Antenori about whether he views policy debates as "your way or the highway."
"That's a sort of reality that's been created by people in town that disagree with a lot of the policies and approaches that I have," Antenori answered. "I have a no B.S. approach to dealing with stuff. I don't have time for the pussyfooting-around approach."