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Democrat incumbent Ann Kirkpatrick took the CD-1 seat after state house speaker Andy Tobin conceded.
The editor in her “We Say” said that she was tempted to write a column during the primary election. This reader wished she had. During the primary there were a number of off the wall statements, and flip-flops by the candidates. Some of the statements by the candidates where Doug Ducey, in the Arizona Daily Star, said he wants to eliminate the personnel and corporate income taxes.
Arizona race for governor
Since Independents can vote in the primary, I have decided to pay particular attention to the statements of the candidates running for governor and congress. Democrats are running unopposed.
In Oro Valley, the Primary Election (Aug. 26 election day) is the first round of voting where all initial candidates have the potential to receive votes in order to advance to the General Election or win outright. Registered voters will select a candidate for each open seat, and in the case of this year’s local election, residents will select one candidate for the open Mayoral seat and three candidates for the three open Councilmember seats. If the candidates do not win outright, then the candidates receiving the highest amount of votes candidates per remaining open seat) move on to the General Election (Nov. 4 election day). Oro Valley has non-partisan elections, which means that candidates are elected regardless of their political affiliation.
Three Republican candidates—House Speaker Andy Tobin, state Rep. Adam Kwasman and rancher/businessman Gary Kiehne—are vying for the chance to take on Democratic Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick in Arizona’s Congressional District 1, a sprawling district that includes most of rural Eastern Arizona and stretches from Oro Valley, Marana, SaddleBrooke to Flagstaff, the Grand Canyon and Northern Arizona Native American reservations.
Oro Valley resident Mark Finchem, was a public safety officer for more than 20 years and is now working as a realtors. This is the first time Finchem is running for an elected office. He has been appointed to Tucson Association of Realtor, the Government Affairs Committee and Pima County Small Business Commission. He is running because he wants limited government where his children can have individual freedom, economic freedom and a debt-free future. Those are the top three priorities of Finchem’s if elected into office.
The five Republicans running in District 11’s House and Senate races naturally had a lot to agree on when meeting for a debate at Pima Community College last week.
The ballot set to run in the August Primary Election took shape in Arizona on May 28, as candidates worked to submit the required signatures to officially run.
A bill currently being reviewed by the Senate could reform public records laws in Arizona to allow cities and towns like Marana and Oro Valley to start charging to process requests that take more than eight hours to compile.
A bill being viewed by some as discriminatory and by others as a protection of religious freedom will go before Gov. Jan Brewer on Friday.
Some Arizona lawmakers who have criticized Gov. Jan Brewer’s policy decisions in the past, particularly when it comes to her push for expanded Medicaid, are agreeing with points she made in her State of the State address, especially where she prioritized child welfare and education.
All constituents, Democrat, Independent or Republican are invited to join Senator Al Melvin as he addresses current and relevant Legislative District 11 and Arizona State issues. LD 11 Representatives Steve Smith and Adam Kwasman have been invited to attend, as well as Pinal County Elected Officials: Sheriff Paul Babeu, District 4 Supervisor Anthony Smith, Assessor Douglas Wolf, County Attorney Lando Voyles, Recorder Virginia Ross, School Superintendent Jill Broussard, and Clerk of the Superior Court Chad Roche. The County Officials who are able to attend may briefly address important issues within their respective offices. Question and answer period will follow.
The front page of today’s (June 19) Explorer certainly offered a study in contrasts between two men. First, there was the heartwarming feature story about the retirement of Safeway manager Mike Hennings, whom I don’t know but who sounded like a really compassionate, dedicated individual. On the other hand, there was the article about the new state budget and Medicaid expansion plan. Sen. Al Melvin was quoted bemoaning the fact that 15 rational Republicans had the audacity to seek a compromise with Democrats so the state could expand health care coverage to the needy at basically no cost to the state. (The federal government would pay for the bulk of the cost, with Arizona hospitals—who supported the expansion—picking up the rest.)
Rep. Adam Kwasman, R-Tucson, didn’t wait long to start looking at bigger opportunities, as the freshman state representative has now set his sights on winning the Congressional District 1 seat in midterm elections.
In the recent controversy at the state capitol, a group of Republicans felt they were treated unfairly. They felt that by Gov. Jan Brewer calling a special session and forcing them to approve a budget they had in hand for five weeks was wrong.
While Gov. Jan Brewer and select members of the Arizona Legislature celebrated the signing of the $8.8 billion budget for the 2013/2014 fiscal year on Monday, others were not as happy as plans continue to stop the Medicaid expansion through the ballot box.
District 9 State Rep. Ethan Orr, R – Ariz., isn’t very popular with his own party when it comes to his stance on Gov. Jan Brewer’s Medicaid expansion – and he’s okay with that.
In what looks to be a long session for the Arizona Legislature, town officials in Marana and Oro Valley are nervously waiting to find out the outcome of House Bill 2657.
Yesterday I was at the State Capitol shadowing Rep. Adam Kwasman. It was great. I sat in on the Commerce Committee meeting. We are trying to bring businesses to Arizona. Texas is not doing Medicaid-Obamacare. So do you think companies will leave the Obamacare State of California and come to Arizona if we also have Medicaid Obamacare (Obrewercare)? Absolutely not. Why would they come to the same situation they want to leave (over taxed) in California. Texas, here they come, or those other States that don’t pass Medicaid Obamacare. Good luck Arizona because they won’t come here. Thanks Gov. Jan Brewer. She will be leaving as governor so she doesn’t care what happens to our State.
Rep. Adam Kwasman, R-District 11, said his number one priority is defeating Gov. Jan Brewer’s proposal to expand Medicaid in Arizona.
With the high number of provisional and mail-in ballots last week, the state had more than 600,000 votes to count after the Nov. 6 General Election. In Pima County, election crews spent the last week going through nearly 80,000 ballots.
In the race for Legislative District 11 State Representative, Republicans Adam Kwasman and Steve Smith have claimed the two available House seats, defeating Democrat Dave Joseph.
Sen. Al Melvin was elected to a third term in the Arizona Senate Tuesday night, defeating Democrat Jo Holt for a seat in Legislative District 11, which was formerly District 26.