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Clerk of the Superior Court and several justice of the peace and constable seats are up for election this year in Pima County, with most of the candidates running unopposed.
Governor Jan Brewer today appointed Toni Hellon to serve as the Clerk of the Superior Court for Pima County.
Early ballots in the Southern Arizona special election for Congressional District 8 will be sent out this week, with the General Election date just under a month away.
As I write this column, our legislature just adjourned. In the closing hours of the session, Republicans experienced a rare moment of sanity and reversed some of their worst, most ideologically driven decisions.
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Cheryl Cage, the Dove Mountain Democrat who lost to Republican Al Melvin by 1,966 votes in November, has formalized her plan to seek election in 2010 to the District 26 Senate seat now held by Melvin.
For the second time in two years, SaddleBrooke Republican Al Melvin has defeated a longtime sitting legislator in the GOP primary.
A race between two Republicans for a Senate nomination in District 26 has been identified as potentially pivotal for the Arizona Legislature.
I normally don’t tell folks how to vote in an election I can’t vote in myself, except in Tucson and Oro Valley. You stick your nose in my back yard, I shoot back.
Harry Truman knew whenever someone told him about the virtues of bipartisanship, it meant they were going to vote against him. I recalled that when State Rep. Pete Hershberger invoked bipartisanship to defend his vote for the state budget after being accused by Al Melvin, his opponent in the 2008 GOP primary for the District 26 State Senate seat, of having voted for what was in essence the Democrat budget.
November 8, 2006 - For the first time ever, a Democrat picked up a legislative seat in state legislative District 26, which covers most of the Northwest and Foothills.
October 25, 2006 - For political newcomer Lena Saradnik, this race is about defying conventional wisdom.
October 25, 2006 - Al Melvin's SaddleBrooke home reflects his years spent all over the world.
October 25, 2006 - Charlene Pesquiera got into the race for state Senate late. She made the decision to run just two weeks before the ballot deadline and it wasn't until mid-October that her signs joined others at busy intersections.
September 13, 2006 - In a huge win for conservative republicans, State Senate candidate Al Melvin and his teammate, House of Representatives candidate David Jorgenson, picked up surprising wins in Tuesday's primary election.
Jan. 19, 2005 - As the state Legislature jumps into its new session, areas across the cities and towns also begin their own work to figure out how they can maximize their slice of the pie this year and have their issues heard over requests from often louder voices.
Jan. 12, 2005 - A new community of 16 homes, on spacious lots, has been making its way through the development hoops in Oro Valley relatively smoothly, with some council members saying it is just the type of development they would like to see more of in the town.
Arizona was the first state to let citizens designate some of their tax money for providing scholarships to private school students.
Local schools may begin offering full-day kindergarten as a result of this legislative session but if state Sen. Toni Hellon has her way, that will be the extent of the sweeping changes, she said.
Representatives from Amphitheater Public Schools attending Education Day at the Capital March 5 heard that adequate funding for Arizona public education depends on an "ideological change" in the state legislature.
In a rare coup, lawmakers from the same Southern Arizona district have been chosen to head three key committees in a Legislature in which more than half of its members were replaced in the last election.
In the end, name recognition and a familiar constituency won the day for Rep. Pete Hershberger in what was, until the final tally, a too close to call race with fellow Republican incumbent Carol Somers for House Dist. 26.
Republican Pete Hershberger, 53, hopes his loyalty to voters in Dist. 26, comprised largely of the former Dist. 12, which his parents served for so many years, will pay huge dividends against fellow incumbent Carol Somers in the coming election.
Although the ink is barely dry on the proposed lines of Arizona's redrawn legislative districts, the new political landscape is already playing havoc with the races for the state house in the Northwest.