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Lela Alston
Lela Alston.gif
Arizona House of Representatives District 24
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 Senate
1976-1995
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Arizona
Master'sArizona State University
Personal
ProfessionTeacher
Websites
Office website
Personal website
CandidateVerification
Lela Alston is a Democratic member of the Arizona House of Representatives, representing District 24. She was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

Alston served in the Arizona State Senate from 1976 to 1995. She has also served on the Governing Board of the Phoenix Union High School District since 2008.

Biography

Alston earned her Bachelor's degree from the University of Arizona and her M.A. from Arizona State University. Her professional experience includes working as a teacher.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Arizona Committee Assignments, 2013
Appropriations
Financial Institutions
Higher Education and Workforce Development
Budget
Capital Review

2011-2012

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

Issues

Campaign themes

2012

Alston's campaign website highlights the following campaign themes:[1]

  • Civility Respect and Integrity
Excerpt: "I have been dismayed and concerned about the lack of decorum and mean spiritedness that I have observed in recent years. We may hold views in opposition without becoming disrespectful to the validity of those views."
  • Opportunity to Earn a Livable Income in a Stable Environment
Excerpt: "I will promote high wage job growth to allow for our citizens to achieve economic stability for their families and a well-being for our state. We need to stop the boom and bust cycle we have experienced and examine ways to promote stability."
  • Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods with Quality Schools
Excerpt: "I will seek to secure adequate funding for Arizona's schools to allow our children to achieve their full potential. It is our hope for the state's long term well-being."
  • Preserve Arizona's Resources, Natural and People
Excerpt: "All citizens should be able to enjoy our wonderful state parks and natural settings. It nurtures our soul. We need to protect it. I want to minimize budget damage to schools, health care, vulnerable populations and local government."

Scorecards

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.[2]

2012

Alston received a score of 35 out of 100 in the 2012 report card for a grade of F according to the Goldwater Institute’s grading scale. This score was 10 higher than her score on the 2011 report card. Alston’s 35 in 2012 was the lowest grade among all 60 Arizona State Representatives.[2]

Elections

2012

See also: Arizona House of Representatives elections, 2012

Alston won re-election in the 2012 election for Arizona House of Representatives District 24. She and incumbent Chad Campbell defeated Jean Cheuvront-McDermott and Tom Nerini in the August 28, 2012, Democratic primary. She won the general election on November 6, 2012.[3][4]

Arizona House of Representatives, District , General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngLela Alston Incumbent 36.8% 34,018
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngChad Campbell Incumbent 35.7% 33,075
     Republican Brian Kaufman 21.1% 19,491
     Green Gerard Davis 6.4% 5,946
Total Votes 92,530


Arizona House of Representatives, District 24 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngLela Alston Incumbent 38.5% 7,652
Green check mark transparent.pngChad Campbell Incumbent 35.9% 7,121
Jean Cheuvront-McDermott 16% 3,174
Tom Nerini 9.6% 1,907
Total Votes 19,854

2010

See also: Arizona House of Representatives elections, 2010

Alston and Katie Hobbs won the August 24 primary. They then defeated Republicans Caroline B. Condit and Paul Yoder, Green Party candidate Luisa Evonne Valdez, and Independent Les White in the November 2 general election.[5]

Arizona House of Representatives, District 15 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Katie Hobbs (D) 15,885
Green check mark transparent.png Lela Alston (D) 15,167
Paul Yoder (R) 8,972
Caroline B. Condit (R) 8,424
Les White (I) 1,739
Luisa Evonne Valdez (G) 1,343
Arizona House of Representatives, District 15 Democratic Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Katie Hobbs (D) 3,950
Green check mark transparent.png Lela Alston (D) 3,919
Ken Clark (D) 3,418

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Alston is available dating back to 1996. Based on available campaign finance records, Alston raised a total of $130,778 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 23, 2013.[6]

Lela Alston's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Arizona State House, District 24 Won $48,200
2010 Arizona State House, District 15 Won $48,961
1996 Arizona Super. of Public Instruction Not up for election $33,617
Grand Total Raised $130,778

2012

Alston won re-election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Alston raised a total of $48,200.
Arizona House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Lela Alston's campaign in 2012
Arizona List$1,736
Food & Commercial Workers Local 99$1,736
Salt River Valley Water Users Association$900
Arizona Association of Realtors$800
Cox Communications$500
Total Raised in 2012$48,200
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Alston won election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Alston raised a total of $48,961.

1996

Alston was not up for election to the Arizona Super. of Public Instruction in 1996. During that election cycle, Alston raised a total of $33,617.

Personal

Alston is married and has two children.

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