Monday, March 03, 2008

Legislative candidate update

After reading this post at SeeingRedAZ about how Congressman Jeff Flake's brother-in-law has filed to challenge Russell Pearce in the LD18 Senate primary, I realized that it's high time to check for active candidate committees. All info courtesy the Arizona Secretary of State's website. I cross-checked the names at the Clean Elections website, but there were no names on the CCEC list of candidates that weren't also on the AZSOS's site.

(* = incumbent)

LD17 Senator (Tempe, South Scottsdale) -

Democrats - Meg Burton-Cahill*

Republicans - None yet

LD17 Representative -

Democrats - David Schapira*, Ed Ableser*

Republicans - Wesley Waddle, Mark Thompson (exploratory)

...This district is almost certain to have the hardest-fought general election. While the voter reg trends in the district favor Democrats (whoooo hoooo!), it's still almost evenly split in this district. I have heard of a couple of other possible Rep contenders, but they haven't announced yet, and since I'm not a Rep, I don't exactly have stellar sources among them in order to confirm/refute the rumors. :)

LD18 Representative (West Mesa) -

Democrats - Tammie Pursley

Republicans - Cecil Ash, Joe Dobbins, Steve Court, Kanani Henderson, Ron Middlebrook

LD18 Senator -

Democrats - Judah Nativio

Republicans - Russell Pearce, Kevin Gibbons

...Hmmmm....Both of LD18's Republican primaries look to be dogfights - 5 candidates running for two spots in the race for state rep, and Jeff Flake's brother-in-law running against Russell Pearce in an apparent bit of payback for Pearce's abortive primary challenge of Flake for the CD6 seat. There are no incumbents running in LD18 because Russell Pearce is term-limited out of the House, Karen Johnson has stepped aside to allow Pearce to run for the Senate seat that she currently holds, and current state representative Mark Anderson is running for the Republican nomination to challenge Harry Mitchell in CD5.

LD8 Senate (North Scottsdale, Fountain Hills) -

Republicans - Carolyn Allen*

Democrats - None yet

LD8 Representative -

Republicans - Michelle Reagan*, John Kavanagh*

Democrats - None yet

...Expect Democratic candidates to step forward in LD8; I know of a couple of folks who are mulling over a run, but have yet to announce. Anybody who is interested in running should contact the LD8 Dems at (480) 596-8350.


1 comment:

Megan said...

Glenn Ray Announces Run for State House with Kickoff Event

Glenn Ray will be announcing his run for the Arizona State House of Representatives during a campaign kickoff event in Gilbert on March 28th. Ray, a Democratic candidate, is running for an open seat in Legislative District 22 which comprises the region of Gilbert, East Mesa, Apache Junction, and Gold Canyon. Glenn Ray ran for the State Senate in District 22 in 2006 and gained a considerable percentage of votes against incumbent Thayer Verschoor (R - Mesa). He is seeking the open seat of State Representative because the residents of Arizona sense a need for change to occur in order to solve the significant issues facing Arizona today. These priorities include strengthening the state’s economy, improving public safety, and protecting families with better healthcare and education. Ray believes bitter partisanship has been a deterrent in finding solutions during Arizona’s time of difficulty and knows his experience and commitment can bring about the change necessary to get things done for the people of our communities.

Glenn Ray has been an active member in the U.S. Army and Army National Guard for 19 years, serving in both Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was awarded a Bronze Star for his actions and dedication to protecting the soldiers and civilians that lived on his base in Mosul, Iraq in 2005. Ray also participated in Operation Noble Eagle in defense of Arizona’s border after 9/11. He recently received a Master’s Degree in Technology Administration and is working on his second Master’s Degree in Homeland Security. Ray also works as an Information Technology Project Manager at U.S. Airways. He continues to serve our country as a Sergeant First Class in the Arizona National Guard. Glenn Ray resides in Mesa with his wife and three boys.

The kickoff event will take place at Vine Expressions Wine Bar in Gilbert Town Square (Gilbert Rd., South of Warner) on Friday, March 28th, at 7 p.m.