Tempe’s candidates for Arizona state legislature were finalized after the April 4 filing deadline expired.
The city will be represented by Legislative Districts 8, 9, and 12 after the redistricting is approved following the 2020 U.S. Census.
LD8 extends south past the 202 loop and enters North Tempe. LD9 flows from the Price-101 Freeway in South Tempe and crosses US-60 to reach Mesa. LD12 runs north from the Maricopa County border with Pinal County, to US-60 in southern Tempe.
A primary election will be held on August 2, followed by a general election on November 8.
Arizona State Senate
The contenders for LD8 are Roxana Holzapfel, R-Tempe, and Todd Howard, R-Tempe, challenging incumbent Juan Mendez, D-Tempe.
Holzapfel identifies as a first-generation American whose parents are of Cuban and Puerto Rican descent. She lists her priorities as being pro-life, being a Second Amendment conservative and not supporting mask and vaccine mandates. Holzapfel supports border security, giving parents a voice in their children’s schools, and protecting and caring for veterans and military personnel.
Howard did not list a candidate statement on the Arizona Secretary of State’s website with his filing. Its website lists its priorities as the 2020 election, education, life and liberty, and the border.
Mendez is a first generation Chicano. He emphasizes that his priorities are to build strong communities, with public investments in education, health, infrastructure, transport, research and economic stability.
The candidates for LD9 are Tyler Pace, R-Mesa, Robert Scantlebury, R-Mesa, and Eva Burch, D-Mesa.
Pace is the starter who was elected to represent the former LD25 in 2018. He is from Mesa. He lists education, health care, job creation and border security as some of his main issues.
Scantlebury is a retired officer from the Mesa Police Department. He previously ran for a Mesa City Council seat in 2018, though he was unsuccessful. He has lived in Arizona for three decades.
Burch was born and raised in Phoenix and eventually chose to study nursing at Pima Medical Institute in Mesa. She is now a nurse practitioner. Burch aims to work for a more inclusive Arizona and names homelessness, food insecurity, voting rights and health care among his top issues.
The candidates for LD12 are David Richardson, R-Phoenix, Suzanne Sharer, R-Phoenix and Mitzi Epstein, D-Tempe.
Richardson is a first-generation college graduate from Phoenix. An entrepreneur, he and his co-founders have developed drug discovery and diagnostic tools. Richardson also opened a COVID-19 testing lab in Ahwatukee when the pandemic hit.
Sharer was born and raised in Arizona and identifies with Goldwater conservatism. This is his first election; she worked as a licensed realtor for 28 years. Its priorities include school choice, support for law enforcement and the fight against illegal immigration.
Currently representing the state, Epstein is a candidate for a seat in the Senate. She is also a former member of the Kyrene School District Board of Trustees and a small business owner. She lists education, the economy, water and the environment among her main concerns.
Arizona House of Representatives
Candidates for LD8 include Caden Darrow, R-Tempe, Bill Loughrige, R-Tempe, Melody Hernandez, D-Tempe, and incumbent Athena Salman, D-Tempe.
Darrow is a 25-year-old who was born and raised in the Midwest before moving to Arizona six years ago. A graduate of Arizona State University, he spent time working in the US Senate. Darrow points to education, border security and homelessness as issues to note.
Loughrige was born and raised in Arizona and his family has been in the state since 1993. He is a retired US Customs Service agent and is now president of Tempe Sunrise Kiwanis and the Walker Fire Protection Association near Prescott . Its platform supports improving public education and safety.
Hernandez is Mexican-American and was born and raised in the Southeast Valley. She works as a paramedic and previously served as president of the District 26 Democrats. Hernandez names health care inequities, workers’ rights and a strengthened education system as her top priorities.
Salman was born and raised in Arizona in a first generation American family from Mexico, Germany and Palestine. She was originally elected to the state legislature in 2016, served as the Democratic House Whip, a ranking member of the Government and Elections Committee, and serves on the Education Committee.
The LD9 contestants are Mary Ann Mendoza, R-Mesa, Kathy Pearce, R-Mesa, Lorena Austin, D-Mesa, and Seth Blattman, D-Mesa.
Mendoza is running for the legislative elections for the first time. Mendoza’s son was killed by a drunk driver in the country illegally in 2014. Since then, she has become an advocate for tougher immigration policies.
Pearce is the founder of AZ Heroes to Hometowns, a non-profit organization that welcomes home service members unable to continue serving their country due to injury. Its main issues include illegal immigration, school choice, election integrity and more.
Austin is a fifth-generation Arizonan and proud graduate of Mesa Community College, which she turned into a bachelor’s degree from ASU. Her degree focused on regional immigration policy and economics in the United States and Mexico. Its main issues include education, affordable housing and community resources.
Blattman moved to Arizona when he was 10 and graduated from ASU. It aims to focus on education, employment and campaign finance issues.
The LD12 candidates are Jim Chaston, R-Phoenix, Terry Roe, R-Chandler, Patty Contreras, D-Phoenix, Sam Huang, D-Chandler, Ajlan Kurdoglu, D-Chandler, Anastasia Travers, D-Phoenix and Paul Weich, D -Phoenix.
Chaston has lived in the Valley since 1991, when he started attending ASU. An accountant for over 30 years, Chaston has also worked as the city’s chief financial officer and is a small business owner. It focuses on border security, strengthening public safety and keeping taxes low.
Roe operates on a platform of quality public safety, economic growth, fiscal responsibility, government accountability, and securing the border. He grew up in the East Valley and served as a peace officer in Phoenix. He has also served on the Chandler City Council since 2015.
Contreras has lived in the Ahwatukee-Foothills area for 30 years and is a third-generation Arizonan. Education, support for seniors and the environment are its top priorities.
Huang was born in Taiwan and has lived in Arizona for 15 years. He served as a member of the Chandler City Council from 2017 to 2021. His top priorities are affordable medical services, applied education, high-speed rail and equity and efficiency in welfare, according to his statement. of candidacy.
Kurdoglu moved from Istanbul to Arizona to attend ASU’s Thunderbird School of Global Management. He stayed in the East Valley and started a business as a first generation American. It aims to focus on community building, affordable housing, small businesses and quality education.
Travers is a US Army veteran and scientist born in Athens, Greece. She became an advocate for the issues of female veterans and homeless and disabled veterans. Its other main issues are education, the environment and gun safety.
Weich has lived in Ahwatukee and worked in Tempe for many years. He has practiced electoral law and published articles on Arizona law and politics. Some of his key issues include protecting democracy, Arizona public schools, and reproductive rights.
Editor Melissa Rosequist contributed to this report.