Arizona State Senate elections, 2014

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The 2014 state senate elections in Arizona featured a possible independent candidate win, incumbent primary fights and key seats up for grabs in a body with a small majority. On top of this, Arizona featured a Republican single party government, so Democratic wins could have upset the long-standing balance.

The Arizona State Senate was one of 20 state legislative chambers noted by Ballotpedia staff as being a 2014 battleground chamber. The senate, part of a Republican trifecta since 2008, had a difference in partisan balance between Democrats and Republicans of three seats, which amounted to 10 percent of the chamber. There was one vacancy resulting from the August death of Chester Crandell. The senate had historically been strongly Republican.[1][2]

Along with the vacant Crandell seat, seven other seats were open because the incumbents did not run for re-election. Meanwhile, 21 of the 30 seats featured candidates from both major parties in the general election. Six incumbents faced primary challengers.[3] All six retained their seats after the general election.

In particular, a conservative group backed a challenger to Republican Bob Worsley from the right. The group also supported other conservative candidates in senate and house races.[3] Worsley defeated his primary challenger and ultimately retained his seat.

Independent candidate Tom O'Halleran in District 6 looked to make history by becoming the first person not affiliated with the Democratic or Republican parties to win election to the Arizona State Legislature. O'Halleran, a former member of both the state senate and state house, switched his registration from Republican to Independent in May 2014. He cited Republicans' inability to tackle specific issues, even when holding a majority, as his reason for the switch.[4][5] Sylvia Allen (R) ultimately defeated O'Halleran in the general election.

In 2012, a total of four districts were competitive or mildly competitive. District 8 had a margin of victory of three percent. Three other districts had a margin of victory between five and 10 percent.

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Elections for the office of Arizona State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on August 26, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was May 28, 2014.

Following the general election, there was no change to the majority control of the Arizona State Senate, which is held by Republicans. Both parties held the same number of seats after the election as they did before.

Incumbents retiring

A total of eight incumbents did not run for re-election in 2014. Those incumbents were:

Name Party Current Office
Chester Crandell (deceased) Ends.png Republican Senate District 6
Al Melvin Ends.png Republican Senate District 11
John McComish Ends.png Republican Senate District 18
Anna Tovar Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 19
Rick Murphy Ends.png Republican Senate District 21
Michele Reagan Ends.png Republican Senate District 23
Leah Landrum Taylor Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 27
Steve Gallardo Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 29
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Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 4 election, the Republican Party held the majority in the Arizona State Senate:

Arizona State Senate
Party As of November 3, 2014 After November 4, 2014
     Democratic Party 13 13
     Republican Party 17 17
Total 30 30

Qualifications

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.

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Competitiveness

Candidates unopposed by a major party

In nine of the 30 districts up for election in 2014, there was only one major party candidate running for election. Four Democrats and five Republicans were guaranteed election barring unforeseen circumstances. Candidates from both major parties faced off in the general election in 21 of the 30 districts up for election.

Competitive

  • District 8: Incumbent Barbara McGuire (D) defeated Irene Littleton (R) in the general election. McGuire won the general election by a margin of victory of 3 percent in 2012.

All four Republican primary candidates participated in a debate centering on taxes and revenue on July 31, hosted by the Casa Grande Dispatch. Shortly after the forum, the Dispatch endorsed Harold Vangilder. Littleton defeated Vangilder and Alan Pease in the Republican primary.[6][7]

Mildly competitive

  • District 6: Sylvia Allen (R) defeated Tom O'Halleran (I) in the general election. Former incumbent Chester Crandell (R), who passed away prior to this election, won the general election by a margin of victory of 6 percent in 2012.
  • District 10: Incumbent David Bradley (D) defeated Mark Morrison (R) the general election. Bradley won the general election by a margin of victory of 9 percent in 2012.
  • District 18: Jane Hydrick (D) was defeated by Jeff Dial the general election. Incumbent John McComish did not run for re-election. He won the general election by a margin of victory of 6 percent in 2012.

Primary challenges

A total of six incumbents faced primary competition on August 26. Eight incumbents did not seek re-election in 2014 and another 16 incumbents advanced past the primary without opposition. The state senators who faced primary competition were:

Retiring incumbents

Eight incumbent senators did not run for re-election, while 22 (73.3%) ran for re-election. A list of those incumbents, three Democrats and five Republicans, can be found above.

Context

Some Republicans in the chamber faced a challenge from the right in 2014. Groups targeted nine so-called "legis-traitors" over support for Medicaid expansion. The Alliance of Principled Conservatives (APC) was one such group that targeted Republican incumbents in primaries. They contended that the vote to expand the state's Medicaid system was nothing short of an endorsement of the Affordable Care Act. Former Sen. Frank Antenori, a member of APC, said the act of expansion increased government dependency.[3]

On the other side of this Republican dispute were Governor Jan Brewer and a new group known as the Arizona Business Coalition (ABC). Matthew Benson, a spokesman for ABC, said "These are conservatives, they're Republicans and they've had to make tough decisions to turn the state around, as Governor Brewer has done . . . These are people who are stepping up and leading instead of tilting at windmills and yelling at black helicopters." Benson declined to comment on the legislators that received support, though they were expected to back lawmakers who supported expansion with tight primary races. Brewer's own independent-expenditure committee, Arizona Legacy, was expected to support the same lawmakers using some of it's $571,000 cash on hand reported as of June 30.[3]

Both ABC and the Arizona Free Enterprise Club, another conservative group, agreed in their support for at least one candidate, Vince Leach of House District 11.[8]

Races to watch

The Arizona Republic highlighted the following races featuring APC-backed challengers to a Republican incumbent:[3]

List of candidates

District 1

Democratic Party August 26 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party August 26 Republican primary:
  • Steve Pierce Approveda - Incumbent Pierce was first elected to the chamber in 2008.
Independent Independent candidates:

Note: Teri Frost did not appear on the general election ballot.

November 4 General election candidates:

Republican Party Steve Pierce Green check mark transparent.png

District 2

Democratic Party August 26 Democratic primary:
  • Andrea Dalessandro Approveda - Incumbent Dalessandro was first appointed to the chamber on January 21, 2014.
Republican Party August 26 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Andrea Dalessandro Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Daniel Estrella

District 3

Democratic Party August 26 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 26 Republican primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Olivia Cajero Bedford Green check mark transparent.png

District 4

Democratic Party August 26 Democratic primary:
  • Lynne Pancrazi Approveda - Incumbent Pancrazi was first elected to the chamber in 2012.
Republican Party August 26 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Lynne Pancrazi Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Connie Uribe

District 5

Democratic Party August 26 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party August 26 Republican primary:
  • Kelli Ward Approveda - Incumbent Ward was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

November 4 General election candidates:

Republican Party Kelli Ward Green check mark transparent.png

District 6

Note: Incumbent Chester Crandell (R) initially filed to run but died on August 4.[9]

Democratic Party August 26 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party August 26 Republican primary:

Note: Because of Crandell's death, the Republican Party were allowed to name a nominee for the general election.

Independent Independent candidates:

November 4 General election candidates:

Republican Party Sylvia Allen Green check mark transparent.png
Independent Tom O'Halleran

District 7

Democratic Party August 26 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 26 Republican primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Independent Americans Elect of Arizona Party Candidates:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Carlyle Begay Green check mark transparent.png
Independent Kelly Gneiting

District 8

Democratic Party August 26 Democratic primary:
  • Barbara McGuire Approveda - Incumbent McGuire was first elected to the chamber in 2012.
Republican Party August 26 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Barbara McGuire Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Irene Littleton

Note: Kevin Sullivan (L) filed to run but did not appear general election ballot.

District 9

Democratic Party August 26 Democratic primary:
  • Steve Farley Approveda - Incumbent Farley was first elected to the chamber in 2012.
Republican Party August 26 Republican primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Steve Farley Green check mark transparent.png

District 10

Democratic Party August 26 Democratic primary:
  • David Bradley Approveda - Incumbent Bradley was first elected to the chamber in 2012.
Republican Party August 26 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party David Bradley Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Mark Morrison

District 11

Note: Incumbent Al Melvin (R) did not run for re-election.

Democratic Party August 26 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 26 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Jo Holt
Republican Party Steve Smith Green check mark transparent.png

District 12

Democratic Party August 26 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 26 Republican primary:
  • Andy Biggs Approveda - Incumbent Briggs was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Scott Glover
Republican Party Andy Biggs Green check mark transparent.png

District 13

Democratic Party August 26 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 26 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Terri Woodmansee
Republican Party Don Shooter Green check mark transparent.png

District 14

Democratic Party August 26 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party August 26 Republican primary:
  • Gail Griffin Approveda - Incumbent Griffin was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

November 4 General election candidates:

Republican Party Gail Griffin Green check mark transparent.png

District 15

Democratic Party August 26 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party August 26 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Republican Party Nancy K. Barto Green check mark transparent.png

District 16

Democratic Party August 26 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 26 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Scott Prior
Republican Party David Christian Farnsworth Green check mark transparent.png

District 17

Democratic Party August 26 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 26 Republican primary:
  • Steve Yarbrough Approveda - Incumbent Yarbrough was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Kristie O'Brien
Republican Party Steve Yarbrough Green check mark transparent.png

District 18

Note: Incumbent John McComish (R) did not run for re-election.

Democratic Party August 26 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 26 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Jane Hydrick
Republican Party Jeff Dial Green check mark transparent.png

District 19

Note: Incumbent Anna Tovar (D) did not run for re-election.

Democratic Party August 26 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 26 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Lupe Contreras Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Joseph "Joe" Hobbs

District 20

Democratic Party August 26 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 26 Republican primary:
  • Kimberly Yee Approveda - Incumbent Yee was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Note: Justin Henry was disqualified from the ballot on June 19.[10]

Independent Independent candidates:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Patty Kennedy
Republican Party Kimberly Yee Green check mark transparent.png
Independent Doug "Q" Quelland

District 21

Note: Incumbent Rick Murphy (R) did not run for re-election.

Democratic Party August 26 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 26 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Carolyn Vasko
Republican Party Debbie Lesko Green check mark transparent.png

District 22

Democratic Party August 26 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 26 Republican primary:
  • Judy M. Burges Approveda - Incumbent Burges was first appointed to the chamber on January 23, 2012.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Archangel "Arky" Muscato
Republican Party Judy M. Burges Green check mark transparent.png

District 23

Note: Incumbent Michele Reagan (R) did not run for re-election.

Democratic Party August 26 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 26 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Paula Pennypacker
Republican Party John Kavanagh Green check mark transparent.png

District 24

Democratic Party August 26 Democratic primary:
  • Katie Hobbs Approveda - Incumbent Hobbs was first elected to the chamber in 2012.
Republican Party August 26 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Katie Hobbs Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Bill Follette

District 25

Democratic Party August 26 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 26 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Steven Zachary
Republican Party Bob Worsley Green check mark transparent.png

District 26

Democratic Party August 26 Democratic primary:
  • Ed Ableser Approveda - Incumbent Ablesar was first elected to the chamber in 2012.
Republican Party August 26 Republican primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Independent Independent candidates:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Ed Ableser Green check mark transparent.png
Independent Dale Eames

Note: Jennifer Knepfler (L) was removed from the ballot.

District 27

Note: Incumbent Leah Landrum Taylor (D) did not run for re-election.

Democratic Party August 26 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 26 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Catherine Miranda Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Natalie Taswell

District 28

Democratic Party August 26 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 26 Republican primary:
  • Adam Driggs Approveda - Incumbent Driggs was first elected to the chamber in 2010.
Libertarian Party Libertarian candidates:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Kelli Butler
Republican Party Adam Driggs Green check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party Jim Iannuzo

District 29

Note: Incumbent Steve Gallardo (D) did not run for re-election.

Democratic Party August 26 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 26 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Martin J. Quezada Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Crystal Nuttle

District 30

Democratic Party August 26 Democratic primary:
  • Robert Meza Approveda - Incumbent Meza was first elected to the chamber in 2010.
Republican Party August 26 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Robert Meza Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Gary Cox

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