State Rep. Frank Antenori made some ears perk recently when he took issue with newspapers putting this next to his name in stories: R-Tucson.
Yes, Antenori’s a Republican. He admits that much. But the freshman legislator, known for his brusque way with words, doesn’t want to be associated with T-town.
Antenori prefers the more generic “Southern Arizona,” because he rightly points out that his legislative district, No. 30, reaches far past the city limits.
But nevertheless, Antenori does live in Tucson, in East side Mesquite Ranch, to be exact.
“I don’t represent Tucson as a whole,” said Antenori. “I live in Tucson, but on the very edge of it — 400 feet from the border.”
Of course, considering that much of metro Tucson is not actually in Tucson, that’s getting a tad technical. A lot of people in Pima County, including those in other incorporated areas, say they’re from Tucson — even if they are not literally city residents. It’s just kind of a Tucson thing.
And Antenori, who’s lived in Arizona for five years, says he gets that.
“I just don’t want the perception that I live in Tucson,” Antenori said.
Well, then there’s a real easy solution.