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.
Stand for Children Arizona Government Affairs Director