Ed Sanchez
Stand for Children Government Affairs Director

Ed Sanchez is the Government Affairs Director for Stand for Children Arizona

Voters across Arizona participated in the primary election on Tuesday, and while some races may have stolen the headlines, several races that may be considered lower-key will most likely end up having a bigger impact on public policy in the next two years.

Let’s get a few of the headliners out of the way.  Big named candidates like Senator John McCain and Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio lived to fight another day in the general election.  The hotly contested U.S House race in District 5, won by Christine Jones, was just one of a few headliners now expected to breeze through the General election.  And still too close to call, surprisingly, is the Maricopa County Recorder race between Helen Purcell and Aaron Flannery.

However, we consider the state legislative races the real “in the trenches” elections that determine how we, as a state, identify ways to best fund education. We congratulate the 17 of our Stand-endorsed candidates who will now advance to the General Election Senate races.  These are the leaders who will shape what comes next for kids in our state:


Senator David Bradley, District 10

Senator Catherine Miranda, District 27

Representative Kate Brophy McGee, 28

Representative Eric Meyer, District 28

Senator Robert Meza, District 30

Representative Thomas “T.J.” Shope, District 8

David Cook, District 8

Representative Heather Carter, District 15

Representative Douglas Coleman, District 16

Representative Bob Robson, District 18

Representative Ken Clark, District 24

Michelle Udall, District 25

Representative Reginald Bolding Jr., District 27

Representative Rebecca Rios, District 27

Mary Hamway, District 28

Maria Syms, District 28

Cesar Chavez, District 29


Not all of our endorsed candidates were successful, but we are grateful for their willingness to serve and represent their local communities.  Stand for Children’s work, of course, is far from over.  And so is yours. We will need your help to get these candidates through their general election races, as well as making sure the Maricopa County Community College District Board is seated with members who understand the importance of this avenue to higher learning and career success. 

I will have more updates to follow.  But until then, thank you for Standing.


Ed Sanchez

Stand for Children Arizona Government Affairs Director

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