Arizona State Senate elections, 2014

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Arizona State Senate elections, 2014

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The 2014 state senate elections in Arizona will feature 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 features a Republican single party government, so Democratic wins could upset the long-standing balance.

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

Along with the vacant Crandell seat, seven other seats are open because the incumbents are not running for re-election. Meanwhile, 21 of the 30 seats will feature candidates from both major parties in the general election. Six incumbents are also facing primary challengers.[3]

In particular, a conservative group is backing a challenger to Republican Bob Worsley from the right. The group is also supporting other conservative candidates in senate and house races.[3]

Independent candidate Tom O'Halleran in District 6 is looking 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]

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 will take place in 2014. A primary election took place August 26, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was May 28, 2014.

Incumbents retiring

A total of eight incumbents are not running for re-election in 2014. Those incumbents are:

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 holds the majority in the Arizona State Senate:

Arizona State Senate
Party As of October 2014 After the 2014 Election
     Democratic Party 13 Pending
     Republican Party 17 Pending
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 is only one major party candidate running for election. Four Democrats and five Republicans are guaranteed election in November barring unforeseen circumstances. Candidates from both major parties will face off in the general election in 21 of the 30 districts up for election.

Competitive

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: A Republican nominee to be named will face off against 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) will face off against 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) will face Jeff Dial the general election. Incumbent John McComish is not running. 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 are not seeking re-election in 2014 and another 16 incumbents advanced past the primary without opposition. The state senators facing primary competition are:

Retiring incumbents

Eight incumbent senators are not running for re-election, while 22 (73.3%) are running 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 this year. Groups targeted nine so-called "legis-traitors" this year 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

Note: Candidate lists can change frequently throughout the election season. Ballotpedia staff will be re-examining the list on a monthly basis for any changes. This list was last examined on October 30, 2014. For more information about Ballotpedia's election coverage plan, click here. If you are aware of a candidate we've missed or one incorrectly listed, please send an email to: Tyler King.

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:

November 4 General election candidates:

Republican Party Steve Pierce
Independent Teri Frost (Write-in)

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
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

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
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

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 will name a nominee for the general election.

Independent Independent candidates:

November 4 General election candidates:

Republican Party Sylvia Allen
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
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
Republican Party Irene Littleton

Note: Kevin Sullivan (L) filed to run but no longer appears on the official list of candidates.

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

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
Republican Party Mark Morrison

District 11

Note: Incumbent Al Melvin (R) is not running 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

District 18

Note: Incumbent John McComish (R) is not running 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

District 19

Note: Incumbent Anna Tovar (D) is not running for re-election.

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

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Lupe Contreras
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
Independent Doug "Q" Quelland

District 21

Note: Incumbent Rick Murphy (R) is not running 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

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

District 23

Note: Incumbent Michele Reagan (R) is not running 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

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
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

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
Independent Dale Eames

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

District 27

Note: Incumbent Leah Landrum Taylor (D) is not running for re-election.

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

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Catherine Miranda
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
Libertarian Party Jim Iannuzo

District 29

Note: Incumbent Steve Gallardo (D) is not running 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
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
Republican Party Gary Cox

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