Olivia Cajero Bedford

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Olivia Cajero Bedford
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Arizona State Senate District 3
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
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsFour consecutive terms
Arizona State House of Representatives
2002-2010
Personal
Place of birthTucson, AZ
ProfessionBusiness Owner
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Olivia Cajero Bedford is a Democratic member of the Arizona State Senate, representing District 3. She was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

Bedford served in the Arizona House of Representatives, representing District 27 from 2003 to 2011.

Biography

Bedford's professional experience includes working as a business owner and as a director of sales and marketing in the tourism/hotel industry.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Arizona Committee Assignments, 2013
Appropriations
Finance
Rules
Budget

2011-2012

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

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

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

Public Schools

  • Excerpt: "I fight to keep tax money from being diverted from the public schools to for-profit schools and to fully fund public schools."

Affordable Health Care for All

  • Excerpt: "I strongly supported the successful expansion of the AHCCCS program and use of Affordable Health Care Act funds."

Public Safety

  • Excerpt: "I support universal background checks and limits on high capacity weapons."

Children and Families

  • Excerpt: "I strongly support the new Child Safety Agency as a good first step towards protecting our most vulnerable population, our children."

Jobs and the Economy

  • Excerpt: "I strongly support business, such as tourism and solar energy installation, that help the economy and employ workers."

Bedford's sponsored bills include:

  • HB 2432 - school board membership; family members
  • HB 2489 - healthcare group; small employers; eligibility
  • HB 2543 - unmarried couples; responsibilities.
  • HB 2544 - schools; sex education

For a full listed of sponsored bills see the House website.

Elections

2014

See also: Arizona State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Arizona State Senate 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. Incumbent Olivia Cajero Bedford will face Salomon Baldenegro in the Democratic primary.[2]

2012

See also: Arizona State Senate elections, 2012

Bedford won re-election in the 2012 election for Arizona State Senate District 3. She defeated Maria Garcia in the Democratic primary on August 28, 2012. She won the general election on November 6, 2012.[3][4]

Arizona State Senate, District 3, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngOlivia Cajero Bedford Incumbent 100% 43,084
Total Votes 43,084
Arizona State Senate, District 3 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngOlivia Cajero Bedford Incumbent 66.8% 9,718
Maria Garcia 33.2% 4,822
Total Votes 14,540

2010

See also: Arizona House of Representatives elections, 2010

Bedford was ineligible to run for re-election in 2010 due to the term limits of the Arizona House of Representatives. She instead won election to the district 27 seat of the Arizona State Senate. She ran unopposed.[5]

2008

On November 4, 2008, Bedford and Phil Lopes were elected to the 27th District Seat in the Arizona House of Representatives, defeating opponents J. D. "Duke" Schechter (R), Mark Phelps (Lib), and Kent Solberg (Green).[6]

Bedford raised $35,902 for the campaign, Lopes raised $32,088, Schechter raised $35, Phelps raised $0, and Solberg raised $34,291.[7]

Arizona State House, District 27 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Phil Lopes (D) 32,650
Green check mark transparent.png Olivia Cajero Bedford (D) 35,010
J. D. "Duke" Schechter (R) 15,490
Mark Phelps (Lib) 6,374
Kent Solberg (Green) 4,970

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Cajero Bedford is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Cajero Bedford raised a total of $144,976 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 21, 2013.[8]

Olivia Cajero Bedford's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Arizona State Senate, District 3 Won $26,555
2010 Arizona State Senate, District 27 Won $8,678
2008 Arizona State House, District 27 Won $35,902
2006 Arizona State House, District 27 Won $31,233
2004 Arizona State House, District 27 Won $7,905
2002 Arizona State House, District 27 Won $20,055
2000 Arizona State House, District 11 Defeated $14,648
Grand Total Raised $144,976

2012

Cajero Bedford won re-election to the Arizona State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Cajero Bedford raised a total of $26,555.
Arizona State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Olivia Cajero Bedford's campaign in 2012
Public Fund$22,963
Kopec, Matthew A$200
Siqueiros, Jacqueline$150
Strauss, Robert A$150
Lesher, Jan$150
Total Raised in 2012$26,555
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Cajero Bedford won election to the Arizona State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Cajero Bedford raised a total of $8,678.

2008

Cajero Bedford won re-election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Cajero Bedford raised a total of $35,902.

2006

Cajero Bedford won re-election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Cajero Bedford raised a total of $31,223.

2004

Cajero Bedford won re-election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Cajero Bedford raised a total of $7,905.

2002

Cajero Bedford won re-election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2002. During that election cycle, Cajero Bedford raised a total of $20,055.

2000

Cajero Bedford lost the election for the Arizona House of Representatives in 2000. During that election cycle, Cajero Bedford raised a total of $14,648.

Scorecards

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2014

In 2014, the 51st Arizona State Legislature was in session from January 13 to April 24.[9]

2013

In 2013, the 51st Arizona State Legislature was in session from January 14 to June 14.[9]

Endorsements

2014

In 2014, Cajero Bedford's endorsements include the following:[10]

  • U.S. Representative, Raul Grijalva
  • Pima County Supervisor, Richard Elias
  • Senator Paula Aboud
  • Tucson Mayor, Jonathan Rothschild
  • Pima County Supervisor Ret., Dan Eckstrom
  • Tucson City Councilwoman, Regina Romero
  • Arizona Education Association
  • Arizona Fraternal Order of Police
  • Sierra Club, Grand Canyon Chapter
  • Service Employees International Union (Arizona)
  • Stonewall Democrats of Arizona

Personal

Bedford is divorced and has two children.

Bedford is a member of the Gates Pass Area Neighborhood Association, Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International, National Association of Latino Elected Officials, National Conference of State Legislatures, Tucson Convention Center Commission, Tucson Mountain Association and Women in Government.[11]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Ron Gould (R)
Arizona State Senate District 3
2013–present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
Jorge Luis Garcia
Arizona State Senate District 27
2011–2013
Succeeded by
Leah Landrum-Taylor (D)
Preceded by
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Arizona House District 27
2003–2011
Succeeded by
Sally Ann Gonzales