Another Life Claimed by Depression, Arizona Politician Passes Away

Depression is an ugly monster that can lay dormant for months at a time, only to reappear stronger than the last time.

Unfortunately, not everyone is strong enough to go on. They become so tired and so beaten by the nasty disease that whispers to them about how horrible they are and how no one would care if they are gone that eventually, they give up. They don’t feel like the fight is worth it anymore. Sadly, they are wrong.

Wil Cardon, an Arizona Republican politician who ran in 2012 and 2014, has passed at the age of 46, by way of suicide.

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According to his wife, Nicole, Cardon struggled with depression for years. However, like many people, he probably did not talk about it much, as it is generally a private struggle. any people who knew him may not have even known he was depressed.

Nicole said, “His gregarious approach to life, business, our family and his faith enriched all who were fortunate to enjoy his warm embrace.”

Western Journalism reports:

Family members have encouraged people to remember Wil Cardon’s smile, which they described “as wide as Arizona.”

Funeral services are to be held Friday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Chapel in Phoenix, Arizona.

Cardon was most well-known for two statewide runs for office in Arizona.

He ran against then-Rep. Jeff Flake in the GOP Senate primary in 2012. Flake bested Cardon and went on to win the general election to become Arizona’s next senator.

Making another go for office two years later, Cardon ran unsuccessfully in the GOP primary for secretary of state in 2014. He lost to Michele Reagan, the eventual winner of the seat.

Cardon’s primary battle with Flake resulted in a continued friendship between the two men. Flake expressed his sadness upon the news of Cardon’s passing.

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