|Arizona State Senate District 6|
|January 7, 2013-Present|
|January 5, 2015|
|Years in position||1|
|Per diem||$35/day for the first 120 days of regular session and for special sessions and $10/day thereafter.|
|Elections and appointments|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Term limits||Four consecutive terms|
|Arizona House of Representatives District 5|
|Bachelor's||University of Arizona|
Crandell served in the Arizona House of Representatives, representing District 5 from January 10, 2011 to 2013.
Crandell earned his B.S. in Agriculture Education from the University of Arizona. His professional experience includes working as a public school teacher. His first job was at Westwood High School in 1972, where he taught Vocational Agriculture. He then spent the following 30 years in the field of education. Crandell is currently assistant superintendent for the Joint Technological Education District.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Crandell served on the following committees:
|Arizona Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Education, Vice Chair|
|• Government and Environment|
|• Natural Resources and Rural Affairs|
|• Public Safety, Chair|
|• Audit, Chair|
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Crandell served on these committees:
|Arizona Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Agriculture and Water, Vice Chair|
The Goldwater Institute releases its "Legislative Report Card" annually for all Arizona legislators. This report card tracks how legislators voted on key votes and assigns them a letter grade based on how closely their votes agree with the Institute's positions. The primary values emphasized in the ratings are whether votes expand or restrict liberty.
Crandell received a score of 65 out of 100 in the 2012 report card for a grade of B according to the Goldwater Institute’s grading scale. This score was 1 higher than his score on the 2011 report card. Crandell’s 65 in 2012 was tied for the 16th highest grade among all 60 Arizona State Representatives.
Medicaid expansion lawsuit
Chester Crandell is one of the 36 Republican members of the state legislature who signed onto a lawsuit in September 2013 against Arizona Governor Jan Brewer with the conservative Goldwater Institute over the Arizona Medicaid Expansion.
Following the U.S. Supreme Court ruling to uphold the Affordable Care Act in June 2012, Brewer, a Republican who had long fought for its repeal, ultimately broke ranks with her party on the issue of Medicaid. She first publicly embraced Arizona's participation in the federally controlled Medicaid expansion during her 2013 State of the State address. In addition to conceding the futility of continued opposition to Obamacare in the wake of the Supreme Court decision and Obama's re-election victory, Brewer discussed the considerable popular support for expanding patient eligibility: residents had already voted twice to make the state government provide free care for everyone up to the federal poverty line.
By June, a Medicaid expansion law had obtained passage in Arizona, despite a reluctant Republican-led state legislature. The United Republican Alliance of Principled Conservatives responded by filing a referendum to block the Medicaid Expansion law from taking effect, but the referendum failed to collect the required 86,405 valid signatures to land on the November 2014 ballot before the September 11, 2013 deadline.
The referendum option off the table, expansion opponents decided a lawsuit was the best available alternative. The suit was filed on the grounds that because the expansion would require participating hospitals to pay a set fee to the state to help compensate for future reductions in the federal subsidy, the law contains a tax and therefore its implementation under the control of the executive branch would violate the state law enforcing separation of powers. While the imposition of such a fee is an authority given to state agencies "over 80 times in the past five years," according to a Brewer spokesperson, critics insist that the fee's resemblance to a tax is too close for constitutional comfort, per Article 3, Section 22, the distribution of powers.
The state's conservative interests, plus the 36 Republican members of the legislature who voted against Arizona's involvement in the federal government-controlled Medicaid reform, hope to have expansion shut down before it officially goes live Jan. 1, 2014, with eligible residents beginning to enroll as early as Oct. 1.
- See also: Arizona State Senate elections, 2012
The demographic characteristics of the state combined with Democratic candidate Tom Chabin's personal ties to the area have led some to suggest that this race will be one of the most competitive state senate races in Arizona.
|Arizona State Senate, District 6, General Election, 2012|
|Arizona House of Representatives, District 5 General Election (2010)|
|Brenda Barton (R)||32,884|
|Chester Crandell (R)||30,890|
|Bill Shumway (D)||17,478|
|Prescott Winslow (D)||15,489|
|Arizona House of Representatives, District 5 Republican Primary (2010)|
|Brenda Barton (R)||10,696|
|Chester Crandell (R)||9,311|
|Keith Alexander (R)||7,541|
Comprehensive donor information for Crandell is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Crandell raised a total of $70,593 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 22, 2013.
|Chester Crandell's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Arizona State Senate, District 6||$33,217|
|2010||Arizona State House, District 5||$37,376|
|Grand Total Raised||$70,593|
2012Crandell won election to the Arizona State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Crandell raised a total of $33,217.
|Arizona State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Chester Crandell's campaign in 2012|
|Groseta, P Andrew||$150|
|Aja, Basilio F||$150|
|Total Raised in 2012||$33,217|
|Source:Follow the Money|
2010Crandell won election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Crandell raised a total of $37,376.
|Arizona House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Chester Crandell's campaign in 2010|
|Crandell, Chester J||$200|
|Waldo, Charles R||$140|
|Barnes Jr, Stan O||$140|
|Total Raised in 2010||$37,376|
|Source:Follow the Money|
Crandell has a wife, Alice.
This section displays the most recent stories in a google news search for the term "Chester + Crandell + Arizona + House" Chester Crandell News Feed
- Bill would force school districts to sell of vacant buildings to charter ... - East Valley Tribune
- 'Virtual fence' to block illegal immigrants proposed in Arizona - Capitol Hill Blue
- Ariz. Senate panel OKs proposal requiring voter-initiatives that spend money ... - The Republic
- Senate panel OKs $30M for state 'virtual fence' - Prescott Daily Courier
- Ariz. State Sen. Bob Worsley Wants $30 Million 'Virtual Fence' To See if ... - Opposing Views
- Dark skies caught in energy flap - Arizona Daily Sun
- Ariz. bill on energy efficiency laws stirs debate - San Francisco Chronicle
- Crandell: Make feds check in with local sheriffs - Arizona Daily Sun
- Denying federal authority costly, inconsistent - Arizona Daily Sun
- Arizona GOP lawmakers take aim at feds once again - KTAR.com
- House website
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign Contributions: 2012, 2010
- Goldwater Institute "2012 Legislative Report Card for Arizona's 50th Legislature, First Regular Session," August 15, 2012
- Arizona Republic, "Goldwater Institute sues over Arizona Medicaid law," September 12, 2013
- Office of the Arizona Governor, "State of the State Addresss," January 14, 2013
- AZ Family.com, "Group files referendum to block Medicaid expansion," June 19, 2013
- Arizona Legislature, "Arizona Constitution - Article 3, Section 22," accessed September 15, 2013
- Arizona Secretary of State, "2010 Primary candidate list," accessed December 20, 2013
- C-SPAN/Associated Press, "August 28, 2012 Primary Results - Arizona," accessed August 28, 2012
- Payson Roundup, "State senate race offers contrasts," February 28, 2012
- Arizona Secretary of State, "2010 Primary results," accessed December 20, 2013
- Arizona Secretary of State, "General election results," accessed December 13, 2013
- followthemoney.org, "Crandell, Chester," accessed May 22, 2013
Lori Klein (R)
|Arizona State Senate District 6
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|Arizona House, District 5
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