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Scott Prior
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Former candidate for
Arizona State Senate District 16
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
High schoolCal Farley's Boys Ranch High School
Bachelor'sWest Texas State University
Place of birthCoos Bay, Oregon
ProfessionFacilities technician
Campaign website
Scott Prior was a 2014 Democratic candidate for District 16 of the Arizona State Senate.


After being born in Coos Bay, Oregon, Prior grew up in Texas where he graduated valedictorian from Cal Farley's Boys Ranch High School. He went on to earn his B.S. from West Texas State University.[1]

Professionally, Prior works as a facilities technician.[1]


Campaign themes


Prior's campaign website highlighted the following issues:[2]

Economic Health

  • Increase the Minimum Wage
  • Reduce Unemployment
  • Create tax incentives for companies bringing jobs to Arizona

Child Welfare

  • Fix Public Education
  • Reduce Poverty
  • Fix the Child Protective Services problem.

Human Equality

  • LGBT Rights
  • Women's Rights
  • Anti-bullying

Change Arizona's Prison State

  • Remove Corporate Control over Arizona Prison Systems
  • Legalizing Cannabis will reduce the amount of people in prison
  • Repeal sentencing laws for non violent offenders

Ethical Politics

  • Remove 'traditional' campaign financing for state and legislative elections
  • Remove ALEC and Lobbyist influence from our government
  • Make voting easy for all citizens of Arizona

Government Spending

  • Pass the Dream Act
  • Repeal SB1070
  • Assist the Federal Government with reform



See also: Arizona State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Arizona State Senate 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. Scott Prior was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbent David Farnsworth defeated Taylor McArthur in the Republican primary. Farnsworth defeated Prior in the general election.[3][4][5]

Arizona State Senate District 16, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Christian Farnsworth Incumbent 65.9% 31,659
     Democratic Scott Prior 34.1% 16,382
Total Votes 48,041

Arizona State Senate, District 16 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Christian Farnsworth Incumbent 55.5% 10,705
Taylor McArthur 44.5% 8,597
Total Votes 19,302


See also: Arizona State Senate elections, 2012

Prior ran in the 2012 election for Arizona State Senate District 16. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 28, 2012. He was defeated in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[6][7]

Arizona State Senate, District 16, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRich Crandall Incumbent 64.1% 45,586
     Democratic Scott Prior 35.9% 25,553
Total Votes 71,139



In 2012, Prior's endorsements included the following:[8]

  • Arizona AFL-CIO
  • Communication Workers of America - Arizona Council
  • National Organization of Women - Arizona PAC
  • Planned Parenthood of Arizona
  • Humane Voters of Arizona
  • Democracy For America - MC


Prior lives in Apache Junction, Arizona with his wife.[1]

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