Lela Alston

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Lela Alston
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Arizona House of Representatives District 24
Incumbent
In office
2011-Present
Term ends
January 5, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
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
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsFour consecutive terms
Arizona State Senate
1976-1995
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Arizona
Master'sArizona State University
Personal
ProfessionTeacher
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Lela Alston is a Democratic member of the Arizona House of Representatives, representing District 24. She was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

Alston served in the Arizona State Senate from 1976 to 1995. She has also served on the Governing Board of the Phoenix Union High School District since 2008.

Biography

Alston earned her B.S. from the University of Arizona and her M.A. from Arizona State University. Her professional experience includes working as a teacher.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Arizona Committee Assignments, 2013
Appropriations
Financial Institutions
Higher Education and Workforce Development
Budget
Capital Review

2011-2012

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

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Alston's campaign website highlighted the following issues:[1]

Economy

  • Excerpt: "Promote high wage job growth to allow for our citizens to achieve economic stability for their families as well as the well-being for our state. We need to stop the boom and bust cycle we have experienced and examine ways to promote stability."

Education

  • Excerpt: "Minimize budget damage to schools, including K-12, Community Colleges and our Universities. Exceptional education opportunities are the foundation of success for both the individual student and the workforce needs of the future."

Environment

  • Excerpt: "Preserve Arizona's resources to allow for the enjoyment of our wonderful state parks and natural settings. It nurtures our soul. We need to protect those resources. Support biotech and alternative energy industries as a true potential for our state and to alleviate those economic cycles that have harmed Arizona in the past few years."

2012

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

  • Civility Respect and Integrity
Excerpt: "I have been dismayed and concerned about the lack of decorum and mean spiritedness that I have observed in recent years. We may hold views in opposition without becoming disrespectful to the validity of those views."
  • Opportunity to Earn a Livable Income in a Stable Environment
Excerpt: "I will promote high wage job growth to allow for our citizens to achieve economic stability for their families and a well-being for our state. We need to stop the boom and bust cycle we have experienced and examine ways to promote stability."
  • Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods with Quality Schools
Excerpt: "I will seek to secure adequate funding for Arizona's schools to allow our children to achieve their full potential. It is our hope for the state's long term well-being."
  • Preserve Arizona's Resources, Natural and People
Excerpt: "All citizens should be able to enjoy our wonderful state parks and natural settings. It nurtures our soul. We need to protect it. I want to minimize budget damage to schools, health care, vulnerable populations and local government."

Elections

2014

See also: Arizona House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Arizona House of Representatives 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. Incumbent Lela Alston and Ken Clark defeated Richard Bauer in the Democratic primary. Lei Lani Cortez was unopposed in the Republican primary. Alston and Clark defeated Cortez in the general election.[3][4][5]

Arizona House of Representatives, District 24 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngLela Alston Incumbent 42.9% 8,006
Green check mark transparent.pngKen Clark 35.7% 6,663
Richard Bauer 21.4% 3,990
Total Votes 18,659

2012

See also: Arizona House of Representatives elections, 2012

Alston won re-election in the 2012 election for Arizona House of Representatives District 24. She and incumbent Chad Campbell defeated Jean Cheuvront-McDermott and Tom Nerini in the Democratic primary on August 28, 2012. She won the general election on November 6, 2012.[6][7]

Arizona House of Representatives, District , General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngLela Alston Incumbent 36.8% 34,018
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngChad Campbell Incumbent 35.7% 33,075
     Republican Brian Kaufman 21.1% 19,491
     Green Gerard Davis 6.4% 5,946
Total Votes 92,530
Arizona House of Representatives, District 24 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngLela Alston Incumbent 38.5% 7,652
Green check mark transparent.pngChad Campbell Incumbent 35.9% 7,121
Jean Cheuvront-McDermott 16% 3,174
Tom Nerini 9.6% 1,907
Total Votes 19,854

2010

See also: Arizona House of Representatives elections, 2010

Alston and Katie Hobbs won the August 24 primary. They then defeated Republicans Caroline B. Condit and Paul Yoder, Green Party candidate Luisa Evonne Valdez, and Independent Les White in the November 2 general election.[8]

Arizona House of Representatives, District 15 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Katie Hobbs (D) 15,885
Green check mark transparent.png Lela Alston (D) 15,167
Paul Yoder (R) 8,972
Caroline B. Condit (R) 8,424
Les White (I) 1,739
Luisa Evonne Valdez (G) 1,343
Arizona House of Representatives, District 15 Democratic Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Katie Hobbs (D) 3,950
Green check mark transparent.png Lela Alston (D) 3,919
Ken Clark (D) 3,418

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Alston is available dating back to 1996. Based on available campaign finance records, Alston raised a total of $130,778 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 23, 2013.[9]

Lela Alston's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Arizona State House, District 24 Won $48,200
2010 Arizona State House, District 15 Won $48,961
1996 Arizona Super. of Public Instruction Not up for election $33,617
Grand Total Raised $130,778

2012

Alston won re-election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Alston raised a total of $48,200.
Arizona House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Lela Alston's campaign in 2012
Arizona List$1,736
Food & Commercial Workers Local 99$1,736
Salt River Valley Water Users Association$900
Arizona Association of Realtors$800
Cox Communications$500
Total Raised in 2012$48,200
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Alston won election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Alston raised a total of $48,961.

1996

Alston was not up for election to the Arizona Super. of Public Instruction in 1996. During that election cycle, Alston raised a total of $33,617.

Scorecards

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2014

In 2014, the 51st Arizona State Legislature was in session from January 13 to April 24.[10]

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.
Legislators are scored on their stances on secular policy.
Legislators are scored on their votes on "anti-environmental" and "anti-democracy" bills.

2013

In 2013, the 51st Arizona State Legislature was in session from January 14 to June 14.[10]

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.

Endorsements

2014

In 2014, Alston's endorsements included the following:[1]

  • Arizona List
  • Professional Fire Fighters of Arizona
  • United Phoenix Fire Fighters Association Local # 493
  • Sierra Club
  • Maricopa County Democratic Party
  • Planned Parenthood
  • UFCW #99
  • AzNaA PAC – Arizona Nurses Association PAC
  • IBEW Local 640 – International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
  • Equality Arizona
  • Arizona Education Association’s PAC—the AEA Fund for Public Education

Personal

Alston is married and has two children.

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