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.