Andrew Sherwood

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Andrew Sherwood
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Arizona House of Representatives District 26
In office
January 7, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 5, 2015
Years in position 1
Base salary$24,000/year
Per diem$35/day for the first 120 days of regular session and for special sessions and $10/day thereafter.
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
High schoolCatalina Foothills High School
Bachelor'sArizona State University
Office website
Campaign website
Andrew Sherwood is a Democratic member of the Arizona House of Representatives, representing District 26. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.


Sherwood earned his B.I.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies from Arizona State University. His professional experience includes working as a professional dog trainer.

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Sherwood served on the following committees:

Arizona Committee Assignments, 2013
Technology and Infrastructure
Capital Review


Campaign themes


Sherwood's campaign website highlights the following issues:[1]

The Economy

  • Excerpt: "The best thing government can do to help our state’s economy recover is to support small business and help them exploit all of Arizona’s competitive advantages. That’s why we need to help grow new industries, like solar energy, space science, health care and manufacturing and bring good, high-paying jobs back to Arizona."


  • Excerpt: "With safety and security so important, the Republican’s demonizing our police, fire and border patrol professionals makes no sense. Just because you’re a member of a union doesn’t mean you’re gouging the taxpayers or are lazy government workers. We should support and thank them for all they do, not cut their salaries."


  • Excerpt: "If the Republicans are so good at managing education funding, then why did Education Week give Arizona a F in K-12, a D+ in school finance, and a C- in Chance for Success. Maybe nearly failing and below-average grades are good enough for them, but they aren’t to parents who expect better for their children."


  • Excerpt: "Arizona Republicans have lost sight of what’s most important and have focused on passing bills that challenge the Presidents birth certificate, allow guns in schools, and declaring pregnancy occurs before conception. It’s time to end these practices and elect leaders who know how to set the right priorities."


Sherwood's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[2]

  • Jobs & Business
Excerpt: "I will introduce legislation for a business center that leverages internet technology and talk-to-a-human access."
  • Education
Excerpt: "I support initiatives to focus on the development of the individual from kindergarten through High School and beyond."
  • Immigration
Excerpt: "I will work with state and federal delegations--from both parties--to find a solution for this problem once and for all."
  • Healthcare
Excerpt: "I will ensure that federal, state, and county agencies work together to make Arizonans aware of important services such as preventive health care and prenatal care."
  • Seniors
Excerpt: "Arizonans must welcome new seniors while making sure existing seniors are pleased about their choice to live here."
  • Tourism
Excerpt: "I will support media outreach programs that target individuals and families wanting to come to Arizona."



See also: Arizona House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Arizona House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election took place August 26, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was May 28, 2014. Incumbents Juan Mendez and Andrew Sherwood were unopposed in the Democratic primary. James Roy was unopposed in the Republican primary. Mendez, Sherwood, Roy and Chris Will (L) will face off in the general election.[3][4][5]


See also: Arizona House of Representatives elections, 2012

Sherwood won election in the 2012 election for Arizona House of Representatives District 26. He and Juan Mendez ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 28, 2012. He won the general election on November 6, 2012.[6][7]

Arizona House of Representatives, District 26, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJuan Mendez 28.2% 24,213
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAndrew Sherwood 27.3% 23,481
     Republican Mary Lou Taylor 19.5% 16,766
     Republican Raymond D. Speakman 18.8% 16,153
     Libertarian Chris Will 4% 3,480
     Green Haryaksha Gregor Knauer 2.2% 1,872
Total Votes 85,965


See also: Arizona State Senate elections, 2010

Sherwood's defeated Robert Hernandez McDonald, Jr. in the August 24 primary election. He was defeated by incumbent Democratic Russell Pearce in the November 2 general election.[8][9]

Arizona State Senate, District 18 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Russell Pearce (R) 17,552
Andrew Sherwood (D) 10,663
Andrea Garcia (L) 2,808
Arizona State Senate, District 18 Democratic Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Andrew Sherwood (D) 1,897
Robert Hernandez McDonald, Jr. (D) 1,818

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Sherwood is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Sherwood raised a total of $63,813 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 23, 2013.[10]

Andrew Sherwood's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Arizona State House, District 26 Won $39,523
2010 Arizona State Senate, District 18 Defeated $24,290
Grand Total Raised $63,813


Sherwood won election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Sherwood raised a total of $39,523.
Arizona House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Andrew Sherwood's campaign in 2012
Public Fund$35,888
Sherwood, Everett$150
Carrington, Judith A$150
Selleck, Diane$150
Laplaca, Nancy$150
Total Raised in 2012$39,523
Source:Follow the Money


Sherwood lost the election for the Arizona State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Sherwood raised a total of $24,290.


See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Arizona

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In 2014, the 51st Arizona State Legislature was in session from January 13 to April 24.[11]

Legislators are scored on their stances on conservative fiscal policy.
Legislators are scored on their votes on ASBA's legislative priority bills.
Legislators are scored on their stances on animals and animal protection.
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In 2013, the 51st Arizona State Legislature was in session from January 14 to June 14.[11]

Legislators are scored on their stances on conservative fiscal policy.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills related to small business.
Legislators are scored on "their support of principles of limited constitutional government."
Legislators are scored on their stances on animals and animal protection.
Legislators are scored on their stances on secular policy.
Legislators are scored on their votes on "anti-environmental" and "anti-democracy" bills.



In 2014, Sherwood's endorsements include the following:[12]

  • Arizona Technology Council
  • Arizona Highway Patrol Association
  • Arizona Correctional Peace Officers Association
  • Tempe Chamber of Commerce
  • Chairman Ed Valenzuela, Ph.D., Tempe Hispanic Community Forum

  • Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association
  • Arizona Nurses Association
  • Arizona Fraternal Order of Police
  • Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona
  • Humane Voters of Arizona

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