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Chester Crandell
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Arizona State Senate District 6
In office
January 7, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 5, 2015
Years in position 2
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
Prior offices
Arizona House of Representatives District 5
Bachelor'sUniversity of Arizona
Office website
Chester Crandell is a Republican member of the Arizona State Senate, representing District 6. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Crandell served in the Arizona House of Representatives, representing District 5 from January 10, 2011, to 2013.


Crandell earned his B.S. in Agriculture Education from the University of Arizona. His professional experience includes working as a public school teacher at Westwood High School and Assistant Superintendent for the Joint Technological Education District.

Committee assignments


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

Arizona Committee Assignments, 2013
Education, Vice Chair
Government and Environment
Natural Resources and Rural Affairs
Public Safety, Chair
Audit, Chair


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



Goldwater Institute

See also: Goldwater Institute's Legislative Report Card

The Goldwater Institute releases its "Legislative Report Card" annually for all Arizona legislators. This report card tracks how legislators voted on key votes and assigns them a letter grade based on how closely their votes agree with the Institute's positions. The primary values emphasized in the ratings are whether votes expand or restrict liberty.[1]


Crandell received a score of 65 out of 100 in the 2012 report card for a grade of B according to the Goldwater Institute’s grading scale. This score was 1 higher than his score on the 2011 report card. Crandell’s 65 in 2012 was tied for the 16th highest grade among all 60 Arizona State Representatives.[1]

Medicaid expansion lawsuit

See also: Can Arizona conservatives beat the clock to block Medicaid expansion from taking effect Jan. 1?

Chester Crandell is one of the 36 Republican members of the state legislature who signed onto a lawsuit in September 2013 against Arizona Governor Jan Brewer with the conservative Goldwater Institute over the Arizona Medicaid Expansion.[2]

Following the U.S. Supreme Court ruling to uphold the Affordable Care Act in June 2012, Brewer, a Republican who had long fought for its repeal, ultimately broke ranks with her party on the issue of Medicaid.[3] She first publicly embraced Arizona's participation in the federally controlled Medicaid expansion during her 2013 State of the State address. In addition to conceding the futility of continued opposition to Obamacare in the wake of the Supreme Court decision and Obama's re-election victory, Brewer discussed the considerable popular support for expanding patient eligibility: residents had already voted twice to make the state government provide free care for everyone up to the federal poverty line.

By June, a Medicaid expansion law had obtained passage in Arizona, despite a reluctant Republican-led state legislature. The United Republican Alliance of Principled Conservatives responded by filing a referendum to block the Medicaid Expansion law from taking effect, but the referendum failed to collect the required 86,405 valid signatures to land on the November 2014 ballot before the September 11, 2013, deadline.[4]

The referendum option off the table, expansion opponents decided a lawsuit was the best available alternative. The suit was filed on the grounds that because the expansion would require participating hospitals to pay a set fee to the state to help compensate for future reductions in the federal subsidy, the law contains a tax and therefore its implementation under the control of the executive branch would violate the state law enforcing separation of powers. While the imposition of such a fee is an authority given to state agencies "over 80 times in the past five years,"[2] according to a Brewer spokesperson, critics insist that the fee's resemblance to a tax is too close for constitutional comfort, per Article 3, Section 22, the distribution of powers.[5]

The state's conservative interests, plus the 36 Republican members of the legislature who voted against Arizona's involvement in the federal government-controlled Medicaid reform, hoped to have expansion shut down before it officially went live Jan. 1, 2014, with eligible residents beginning to enroll as early as Oct. 1.



See also: Arizona State Senate elections, 2012

Crandell ran in the 2012 election for Arizona State Senate District 6. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary on August 28, 2012. He won the general election on November 6, 2012.[6][7]

The demographic characteristics of the state combined with Democratic candidate Tom Chabin's personal ties to the area have led some to suggest that this race will be one of the most competitive state senate races in Arizona.[8]

Arizona State Senate, District 6, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngChester Crandell 53% 45,105
     Democratic Tom Chabin 47% 39,933
Total Votes 85,038


See also: Arizona House of Representatives elections, 2010

Crandell and Brenda Barton won the August 24 primary. They then defeated Democrats Bill Shumway and Prescott Winslow in the November 2 general election.[9][10]

Arizona House of Representatives, District 5 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Brenda Barton (R) 32,884
Green check mark transparent.png Chester Crandell (R) 30,890
Bill Shumway (D) 17,478
Prescott Winslow (D) 15,489
Arizona House of Representatives, District 5 Republican Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Brenda Barton (R) 10,696
Green check mark transparent.png Chester Crandell (R) 9,311
Keith Alexander (R) 7,541

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Crandell is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Crandell raised a total of $70,593 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 22, 2013.[11]

Chester Crandell's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Arizona State Senate, District 6 Won $33,217
2010 Arizona State House, District 5 Won $37,376
Grand Total Raised $70,593


Crandell won election to the Arizona State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Crandell raised a total of $33,217.
Arizona State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Chester Crandell's campaign in 2012
Public Fund$30,731
Holyoak, Farrel$150
Groseta, P Andrew$150
Aja, Basilio F$150
Holyoak, Sharon$150
Total Raised in 2012$33,217
Source: Follow the Money


Crandell won election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Crandell raised a total of $37,376.


Crandell has a wife, Alice.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Lori Klein (R)
Arizona State Senate District 6
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Bill Konopnicki
Arizona House, District 5
Succeeded by