Greg Ensell, Vice President Government Relations
With the Primary Election behind us, all the attention is focused on preparing for the General Election. While there are major competitions including U.S. Senate, Congress, Governor and other statewide seats, our members may be the most impacted by the elections for state legislature. Below are some key candidate races for which we will keep a watchful eye:
Legislative District 6 (Flagstaff, Show Low) - Long-time republican incumbent Senator Sylvia Allen is facing democratic challenger Wade Carlisle in a rural swing district.
Legislative District 17 (Chandler) - Current Speaker of the House republican Representative. J.D. Mesnard will face democrat Steve Weichert. This suburban district has never elected a democrat; however, some Capitol railbirds believe that this year that may change.
Legislative District 18 (Ahwatukee, South Tempe) - For years this district has elected both republicans and democrats. This year, democratic incumbent Senator Sean Bowie is being challenged by republican Frank Schmuck. In the House, republican Representatives Jill Norgaard and Greg Patterson are competing against democrats Rep. Mitizi Epstein and Jennifer Jermaine.
Legislative District 28 (North Central Phoenix, Paradise Valley) - This district is one of the most competitive in the state and all three seats are up for grabs. Republican incumbent Senator Kate Brophy McGee is facing 2016 teacher of the year and democratic nominee Christine Marshall. In the House, republican Representatives Maria Syms and Kathy Pappas Petsas face off against democratic Representatives Kelli Butler and Arron Lieberman.