It's not supposed to happen in legislative districts, but it appears to be happening this year, as Republican electeds decide that their districts aren't friendly enough for their ambitions. Certain legislators are packing their carpetbags and moving to environs that they think will be more conducive to a continued stay in the legislature.
It may not benefit voters much, butRepublican election attorneys will be racking some serious billable hours during the upcoming primary season.
- State Sen. Rich Crandall (R-Mesa) recently announced that he wouldn't run for reelection, choosing to endorse newcomer Bob Worsley in the primary against former senator Russell Pearce. Then he (dare I say it? :) ), flip-flopped on the matter, saying he would run, but in another district.
- State Sen. Don Shooter (R-Yuma) is doing something similar, though where Crandall is trading a primary fight in one R-friendly district for a primary fight in another R-friendly district, Shooter is moving to avoid a D-leaning district.
Normally, I wouldn't say much about something like these moves, preferring to leave it to the voters of the districts involved to decide for themselves if they want brazen carpetbaggers to represent them (OK, I'd probably mock Crandall for his flip-flop and Shooter for his political cowardice, but that's it, really :)) ), but they lawyers may have the final say.
There's a one year residency requirement for state legislators.
Now there's some ambiguity to it - the relevent section of the Arizona Constitution requires one year residency in the county from which a legislator is elected but enforcement practice has centered on the district that the legislator/candidate is running in, not the aforementioned county.
That ambiguity may give AZSOS Ken Bennett the room to interpret the rules (dare I say it2? :) ) liberally, but given that the races in question will involve other Republicans who will stand to benefit from a stricter interpretation, the lawyers will get involved.
My guess is that they're already reaching out to the various R factions in every "safe" R district, laying the groundwork for future fees based on challenging candidates on primary ballots.