Ernest Bustamante

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Ernest Bustamante
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Arizona House of Representatives District 8
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Ernest Bustamante was a 2012 Democratic candidate for District 8 of the Arizona House of Representatives.


Campaign themes


Bustamante's campaign website listed the following issues:[1]

  • Economy
Excerpt: "JOBS must be a priority. As State Representative, I will work to expand Enterprise Zones and continue to support such policies that create incentives for small businesses to create JOBS."
  • Education
Excerpt: "Unfortunately, the Republican-controlled legislature has made reckless cuts to education & eliminated all-day Kindergarten. We need forward thinking leaders who understand that we must prepare our children to enter a global workforce. That’s why, as State Representative, I helped pass all-day Kindergarten and invested in our universities. "
  • Energy
Excerpt: "Arizona should become the leader in solar and wind technology. Solar environmental policy can be good economic policy and provide jobs to stimulate the economy -- provided such policies do not increase energy costs."



See also: Arizona House of Representatives elections, 2012

Bustamante ran in the 2012 election for Arizona House of Representatives District 8. He and Emily Verdugo defeated George Arredondo in the Democratic primary on August 28, 2012. He was defeated in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[2][3]

Arizona House of Representatives, District 8, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngFrank Pratt Incumbent 27.6% 24,195
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngThomas "T.J." Shope 25.2% 22,102
     Democratic Ernest Bustamante 24.3% 21,258
     Democratic Emily Verdugo 22.9% 20,102
Total Votes 87,657
Arizona House of Representatives, District 8 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngErnest Bustamante 40.1% 6,173
Green check mark transparent.pngEmily Verdugo 36.6% 5,636
George Arredondo 23.3% 3,581
Total Votes 15,390


See also: Arizona House of Representatives elections, 2010

Bustamante and incumbent Barbara McGuire won the August 24 primary. They were then defeated by Democratics John Fillmore and Frank Pratt in the November 2 general election.[4][5]

Arizona House of Representatives, District 23 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Frank Pratt (R) 32,303
Green check mark transparent.png John Fillmore (R) 30,986
Barbara McGuire (D) 23,679
Ernest Bustamante (D) 22,698
Arizona House of Representatives, District 23 Democratic Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Barbara McGuire (D) 6,276
Green check mark transparent.png Ernest Bustamante (D) 6,020
Ralph Varela (D) 4,741


Bustamante and his wife, Martha, have three children.[6]

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