Arizona State Senate elections, 2012

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Arizona State Senate elections, 2012

Majority controlCampaign contributions
QualificationsTerm limitsImpact of Redistricting

State Legislative Election Results

List of candidates
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Arizona State Senate2012 Arizona House Elections
Elections for the office of Arizona State Senate were held in Arizona on November 6, 2012. A total of 30 seats were up for election.

The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was May 30, 2012. The primary Election Day was August 28, 2012.

See also: Arizona House of Representatives elections, 2012 and State legislative elections, 2012

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 6 election, the Republican Party held the majority in the Arizona State Senate:

Arizona State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 9 13
     Republican Party 21 17
Total 30 30


Incumbents retiring

Name Party Current office
David Lujan Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 15
David Schapira Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 17
Linda Gray Ends.png Republican Senate District 10
Lori Klein Ends.png Republican Senate District 6
Paula Aboud Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 28
Ron Gould Ends.png Republican Senate District 3
Steve Smith Ends.png Republican Senate District 23
Sylvia Allen Ends.png Republican Senate District 5

Campaign contributions

See also: State-by-state comparison of donations to state senate campaigns

This chart shows how many candidates ran for state senate in Arizona in past years and the cumulative amount of campaign contributions in state senate races, including contributions in both primary and general election contests. All figures come from Follow The Money.[1]

Year Number of candidates Total contributions
2010 84 $2,954,711
2008 60 $3,185,493
2006 65 $2,571,504
2004 58 $2,274,490
2002 73 $2,149,412

In 2010, candidates running for the state senate received a total of $2,954,711 in campaign contributions. Their top contributors were:[2]

Donor Amount
Public Fund $751,935
Davis, Rich $36,230
Konopnicki, William $33,140
Kohner, Shawn $26,132
Kohner, Stephen $25,050
Downing, Theodore $24,450
Arizona Association of Realtors $19,424
Cox Communications $17,490
Bundgaard, Scott $15,000
Arizona Medical Association $10.580
Map of Arizona Senate Districts with less than 10% party registration differential before and after the 2010 redistricting. A total of 6 legislative districts met the criteria before and after 2010.

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Arizona

The Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission approved new maps on December 20, 2011 by a 3-2 vote, the dissents coming from Republicans; the Department of Justice. Sixteen districts were considered safe for Republicans, 10 for Democrats, and four were deemed competitive.[3] A lawsuit was filed in April 2012 charging that Republicans were being packed into districts to maximize Democratic seats.[4]

In Arizona, there are six state senate districts where the partisan registration of Democratic and Republican voters was less than 10 percentage points apart. These districts would be considered "competitive" when looked at strictly with respect to voter party affiliation. The six districts in Arizona were Districts 4, 8, 9, 10, 18 and 26.

Qualifications

Ron Gould was a term-limited member of the Arizona State Senate in 2012.

Article 4, Part 2, Section 2 of the Arizona Constitution states: No person shall be a member of the Legislature unless he shall be a citizen of the United States at the time of his election, nor unless he shall be at least twenty-five years of age, and shall have been a resident of Arizona at least three years and of the county from which he is elected at least one year before his election.

Term limits

See also State legislatures with term limits and Impact of term limits on state senate elections in 2012

All of Arizona's 30 state senate seats were up for election on November 6. Arizona senators serve two-year terms with a four-term/eight-year limit that was imposed by Proposition 107 in 1992. Arizona's term limits apply to parts of terms and not just full terms. One state senator in 2010, Albert Hale, was affected by this provision of Arizona's law.

In the 2012 state senate elections, 2 senators, or 6.7% of the total senate seats, (0 Democratic state senators and 2 GOP state senators) could not run for re-election.

In addition to the 2 state senators who left office because of Arizona's term limits, 5 state representatives are also termed-out.

Democrats (0):

None

Republicans (2):

List of candidates

District 1

Democratic Party August 28 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party August 28 GOP primary:
  • Steve Pierce Approveda Incumbent Pierce first assumed office in 2009.

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Steve Pierce: 65,988 Green check mark transparent.png
Independent Tom Rawles:[5] 26,656

District 2

Democratic Party August 28 Democratic primary:
  • Linda Lopez Approveda Incumbent Lopez first assumed office in 2009.
Republican Party August 28 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyLinda Lopez: 39,590 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican PartyDon Woolley (Write-in): 1,263

District 3

Democratic Party August 28 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 28 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyOlivia Cajero Bedford: 43,084 Green check mark transparent.png

District 4

Democratic Party August 28 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 28 GOP primary:

Note: Inzunza did not appear on the general election ballot.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyLynne Pancrazi: 29,823 Green check mark transparent.png

District 5

Democratic Party August 28 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 28 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyBeth Weisser: 20,040
Republican Party Kelli Ward: 49,613 Green check mark transparent.png

District 6

Democratic Party August 28 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 28 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Tom Chabin: 39,933
Republican Party Chester Crandell: 45,105 Green check mark transparent.png

District 7

Democratic Party August 28 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 28 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Jack C. Jackson, Jr.: 49,639 Green check mark transparent.png

District 8

Democratic Party August 28 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 28 GOP primary:
Libertarian Party August 28 Libertarian primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Barbara McGuire: 25,026 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Joe Ortiz: 23,542
Libertarian Party Dean Dill (Write-in): 2,570

District 9

Democratic Party August 28 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 28 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Steve Farley: 49,818 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Tyler Mott: 39,562

District 10

Democratic Party August 28 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 28 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party David Bradley: 48,509 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Frank Antenori: 40,193

District 11

Democratic Party August 28 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 28 GOP primary:
  • Al Melvin Approveda Incumbent Melvin first assumed office in 2009.
Libertarian Party August 28 Libertarian primary:
Note: Kim Allen was removed from the ballot.[6]

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Jo Holt: 37,428
Republican Party Al Melvin: 48,367 Green check mark transparent.png

District 12

Democratic Party August 28 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party August 28 GOP primary:
  • Andy Biggs Approveda Incumbent Biggs first assumed office in 2011.

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Andy Biggs: 63,812 Green check mark transparent.png

District 13

Democratic Party August 28 Democratic primary:

Note: Woodmansee does not appear on the general election list of candidates.

Republican Party August 28 GOP primary:
  • Don Shooter Approveda Incumbent Shooter first assumed office in 2011.

Note: Incumbent John Nelson is listed on the candidate list as having withdrawn late.[7][8] Nelson's name will still appear on the ballot. His name appears on the official list of withdrawn candidates.[9]

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Don Shooter: 48,132 Green check mark transparent.png

District 14

Democratic Party August 28 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 28 GOP primary:
  • Gail Griffin Approveda Incumbent Griffin first assumed office in 2011.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Patricia Fleming: 30,808
Republican Party Gail Griffin: 49,647 Green check mark transparent.png

District 15

Democratic Party August 28 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party August 28 GOP primary:
  • Nancy Barto Approveda Incumbent Barto first assumed office in 2011.
Libertarian Party August 28 Libertarian primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Nancy Barto: 58,213 Green check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party Dennis Grenier: 21,384

District 16

Democratic Party August 28 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 28 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Scott Prior: 25,553
Republican Party Rich Crandall: 45,586 Green check mark transparent.png

District 17

Democratic Party August 28 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 28 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyBill Gates: 36,349
Republican Party Steve Yarbrough: 48,581 Green check mark transparent.png

District 18

Democratic Party August 28 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 28 GOP primary:
  • John McComish Approveda Incumbent McComish first assumed office in 2011.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Janie Hydrick: 45,115
Republican Party John McComish: 51,084 Green check mark transparent.png

District 19

Democratic Party August 28 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 28 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Anna Tovar: 31,473 Green check mark transparent.png

District 20

Democratic Party August 28 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 28 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Michael Powell: 26,987
Republican Party Kimberly Yee: 37,371 Green check mark transparent.png
Independent Doug Quelland: 8,829

District 21

Democratic Party August 28 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 28 GOP primary:
  • Rick Murphy Approveda Incumbent Murphy first assumed office in 2011.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Michael Tarrats: 30,087
Republican Party Rick Murphy: 44,369 Green check mark transparent.png

District 22

Democratic Party August 28 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party August 28 GOP primary:
  • Judy Burges Approveda Incumbent Burges first assumed office in 2012.

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Judy Burges: 72,211 Green check mark transparent.png

District 23

Democratic Party August 28 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party August 28 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Michele Reagan: 82,278 Green check mark transparent.png

District 24

Democratic Party August 28 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 28 GOP primary:
Note: Scott Fistler filed for election, but withdrew prior to the primary.[6]

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Katie Hobbs: 38,142 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Augustine Bartning: 19,326

District 25

Democratic Party August 28 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 28 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Greg Gadek: 27,720
Republican Party Bob Worsley: 55,290 Green check mark transparent.png

District 26

Democratic Party August 28 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 28 GOP primary:
  • Jerry Lewis Approveda Incumbent Lewis first assumed office in 2011.
Libertarian Party August 28 Libertarian primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Ed Ableser: 26,051 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Jerry Lewis: 19,442
Libertarian Party Damian Trabel: 2,747

District 27

Democratic Party August 28 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 28 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Leah Landrum-Taylor: 33,137 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Sarah Coleman: 10,333

District 28

Democratic Party August 28 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 28 GOP primary:
  • Adam Driggs Approveda Incumbent Driggs first assumed office in 2011.
Libertarian Party August 28 Libertarian primary:
Note: Jim Iannuzo was removed from the ballot.[6]

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Eric Shelley: 39,243
Republican Party Adam Driggs: 49,160 Green check mark transparent.png

District 29

Democratic Party August 28 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 28 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Steve Gallardo: 27,931 Green check mark transparent.png

District 30

Democratic Party August 28 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 28 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Robert Meza: 27,485 Green check mark transparent.png

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