Deaths of 19 firefighters in Arizona become election issue in Prescott

  • by: FELICIA FONSECA , Associated Press
  • Updated: August 24, 2013 - 1:10 PM

PRESCOTT, Ariz. — Mayor Marlin Kuykendall took a lead role in helping Prescott mourn the loss of 19 firefighters this summer, sharing the stage with the governor and Vice President Joe Biden at a nationally televised memorial. He set aside campaigning in the midst of a re-election bid to focus almost entirely on the fallen firefighters, and his victory to a third term seemed like a safe bet.

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