David Smith (Arizona)

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David Smith
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Candidate for
Arizona House of Representatives, District 15
Elections and appointments
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsFour consecutive terms
Prior offices
Arizona State House, District 7
January 10, 2011-2013
Campaign website
David Burnell Smith is a 2014 Republican candidate for District 15 of the Arizona House of Representatives.

Smith is a former Republican member of the Arizona House of Representatives, representing District 7 from 2011 to 2013.

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Smith served on these committees:


Campaign themes


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

Conservative Ideals

  • Excerpt: "I will Stand for the conservative issues of Ronald Reagan which include limited government, lower taxes, and giving more power to the people."


  • Excerpt: "We have over 11 million illegals in America today and more are coming. The Federal Government is trampling on the ability of Arizona to govern within our borders. I will support strong and secure borders, enforcement of E-verify, requirements to show approved identification when registering to vote or voting. I will continue to oppose amnesty."

Obama Care

  • Excerpt: "The recent passage of Medicaid Expansion will cost Arizona citizens billions of dollars and cause a major deficit in the state budget. I oppose the strong arm tactics used to pass HB2010 and I support the efforts of the United Republican Alliance of Principled Conservatives to give a choice to Arizona voters by placing Medicaid Expansion on the 2014 ballot."

State Taxes

  • Excerpt: "Arizona has the highest sales tax burden in the country and ranks 28th in corporation income tax. Both of these stifle Arizona’s economic growth. I will work toward reducing both taxes and a reduction or elimination of state income tax over the next ten years."

School District Taxes

  • Excerpt: "A representative in District 15 sponsored a bill that passed allowing school districts to doubly their bonding ability. This increases property taxes and harms all citizens but especially those on fixed incomes. I will work to repeal this law."



See also: Arizona House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Arizona House of Representatives will consist of a primary election on August 26, 2014, and a general election on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was May 28, 2014. Incumbents John Allen and Heather Carter will face David Burnell Smith in the Republican primary.[2]


See also: Arizona House of Representatives elections, 2012

Smith ran for re-election in the 2012 election for Arizona House of Representatives District 15. He was defeated by John Allen and incumbent Heather Carter in the Republican primary on August 28, 2012.[3]

Arizona House of Representatives, District 15 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngHeather Carter Incumbent 39.6% 13,196
Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Allen 23.5% 7,813
David Smith Incumbent 22.2% 7,397
James Bearup 14.7% 4,895
Total Votes 33,301


See also: Arizona House of Representatives elections, 2010

Smith and Heather Carter won the August 24 primary. They then defeated Democrats Don Chilton and Peter Royers in the November 2 general election.[4][5]

Arizona House of Representatives, District 7 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Heather Carter (R) 37,254
Green check mark transparent.png David Smith (R) 34,007
Don Chilton (D) 18,897
Peter Royers (D) 16,560
Jim Iannuzo (L) 4,395
Arizona House of Representatives, District 7 Republican Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png David Smith (R) 7,826
Green check mark transparent.png Heather Carter (R) 6,223
Kristen Burroughs (R) 5,460
Craig Barton (R) 4,909
Michael Edward Farrar (R) 3,915
Howard Lee Sprague (R) 2,947
Michael Coskun (R) 2,429

Campaign donors


In 2010, Smith raised $43,823 in contributions.[6]

He contributed the most money to his campaign, $34,557.


Goldwater Institute

See also: Goldwater Institute's Legislative Report Card

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.[7]


Smith received a score of 69 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 lower than his score on the 2011 report card. Smith’s 70 in 2012 was tied for the 7th highest grade among all 60 Arizona State Representatives.[7]


Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

David Smith (Arizona) endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [8]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Ray Barnes
Arizona House, District 7
Succeeded by