Primary Voter Guide

National pundits have been talking about a “blue wave” in the midterm elections, meaning that the Democratic Party is expected to see gains in Congress. In most midterm elections (those held two years after a presidential election) since 1934, the president’s party loses seats in Congress. Hence the discussion of a blue wave this time around. Will Arizona, a traditionally red state, see a blue wave this cycle?

“Arizona is changing demographically,” says Kim Fridkin, a professor with Arizona State University’s School of Politics and Global Studies. “It’s not quite a purple state” – a state where the two major parties have a relatively equal shot at winning – “but it’s kind of moving in that direction.” In 2016, for instance, then-candidate Donald Trump outpolled his Democratic Party opponent, Hillary Clinton, by 3.5 percent or a little more than 91,000 out of 2.55 million votes cast here.

Fridkin adds that the special election earlier this year to replace Trent Franks, the Republican representing the 8th Congressional District, may be a blue-wave indicator. Republican Debbie Lesko won the election in a normally red district by a margin of 5.22 percent. The 8th Congressional District favored President Trump in 2016 by a 20 percent margin.

“That’s some indication (but) we’ll know more when we have the primaries, to see whether the numbers are up relative to four years ago,” Fridkin said.

But as far as Democratic primary turnout goes, she said, “I don’t think we’re going to see the kind of numbers that we’ve seen in other states,” partly because “there’s a lot of races where there’s no competition at all.” That might depress turnout because “why would you even vote if there’s really not even a choice there?”

However, she added, “(Arizona is) one of the last states to hold a primary. I guess, everything else being equal, you might actually expect turnout to be higher because the primary is so late. We also have a contested primary for the U.S. Senate, so that could increase turnout.”

Although both parties have a contested primary for retiring Republican Sen. Jeff Flake’s seat, she noted that Democrat Kyrsten Sinema “has a much wider lead over her opponent than (Republican Martha) McSally has over her opponents.” JN

U.S. Senator






Joe  Arpaio
Martha McSally
Kelli Ward
Nicholas N. Glenn
(Write-In Candidate) William Gonzales
(Write-In Candidate)

Deedra Abboud
Kyrsten Sinema

Adam Kokesh
(Write-In Candidate)

Angela Green
(Write-In Candidate)

U.S. Representative in Congress -
District No. 1


Wendy Rogers
Tiffany Shedd
Steve Smith

Tom O’Halleran

Zhani Doko
(Write-In Candidate)


U.S. Representative in Congress -
District No. 2


Lea Marquez Peterson
Brandon Martin
Daniel Romero Morales Jr.
Casey Welch

Matt Heinz
Ann Kirkpatrick
Billy Kovacs
Maria “Mary” Matiella
Barbara Sherry Bruce Wheeler Yahya Yuksel


U.S. Representative in Congress -
District No. 3


Sergio Arellano
Nicolas “Nick” Pierson
Edna San Miguel

Raúl Grijalva
Joshua Garcia
(Write-In Candidate)


U.S. Representative in Congress -
District No. 4


Paul Gosar

David Brill
Delina DiSanto
Ana Maria Perez
(Write-In Candidate)


Haryaksha Gregor Knaue

U.S. Representative in Congress -
District No. 5


Andy Biggs

Joan Greene
Jose Torres


U.S. Representative in Congress -
District No. 6


David Schweikert

Anita Malik
Garrick McFadden Heather Ross


U.S. Representative in Congress -
District No. 7


Ruben Gallego
Catherine Miranda


Gary Swing
(Write-In Candidate)

U.S. Representative in Congress -
District No. 8


Sandra E. Dowling
Debbie Lesko

Hiral Tipirneni


U.S. Representative in Congress -
District No. 9


Irina Baroness Von Behr
Stephen L. Ferrara
Dave Giles

Greg Stanton




Ken Bennett
Doug Ducey
Robert Weber
(Write-In Candidate)

Steve Farley
Kelly Fryer
David Garcia
Mirza Fareed “Fareed” Baig
(Write-In Candidate)

Barry Hess
(Write-In Candidate)

Noah Dyer
(Write-In Candidate) Angel Torres
(Write-In Candidate)

Secretary of State


Steve Gaynor
Michele Reagan

Katie Hobbs

Jenn Gray
(Write-In Candidate)


Attorney General


Mark Brnovich

January Contreras

Michael Kielsky
(Write-In Candidate)


State Treasurer


Jo Ann Sabbagh
Kimberly Yee

Mark Manoil


Superintendent of Public Instruction


Bob Branch
Diane Douglas
Jonathan Gelbart
Tracy Livingston
Frank Riggs

Kathy Hoffman
David Schapira


State Mine Inspector


Joe Hart

William “Bill” Pierce

Kim Ruff
(Write-In Candidate)


Corporation Commissioner


Tom Forese
Rodney Glassman
James “Jim” O’Connor Justin Olson
Eric Sloan

Sandra Kennedy William “Bill” Mundell Kiana Maria Sears


State Senator - District No. 1


Karen Fann

     Jo Craycraft


State Senator - District No. 2


Shelley Kais
Bobby Wilson

     Andrea Dalessandro


State Senator - District No. 3


    Sally Ann Gonzales
    Betty Villegas


State Senator - District No. 4


    Lisa Otondo


State Senator - District No. 5


Sonny Borrelli

    J’aime Morgaine


State Senator - District No. 6


Sylvia Tenney Allen

   Wade Carlisle

Jeff “JD” Daniels
(Write-In Candidate)


State Senator - District No. 7


JL Mealer

   Jamescita Peshlakai


State Senator - District No. 8


Frank Pratt

  Natali Fierros Bock
  Sharon Girard


State Senator - District No. 9


Randy Fleenor
(Write-In Candidate)

  Jim Love
  Victoria Steele


State Senator - District No. 10


Marilyn Wiles

  David Bradley


State Senator - District No. 11


Venden “Vince” Leach

  Ralph Atchue


Mohammad Arif
(Write-In Candidate)

State Senator - District No. 12


Eddie Farnsworth
Jimmy Lindblom

  Elizabeth Brown


State Senator - District No. 13


Brent Backus
Sine Kerr
Don Shooter

  Michelle Harris


State Senator - District No. 14


David Gowan
Drew John
Lori Kilpatrick

  Jaime Alvarez
  Mendy Gomez


State Senator - District No. 15


Heather Carter

Kristin Dybvig-Pawelko


State Senator - District No. 16


David Christian Farnsworth
Michael “Big Mike” Hernandez

Benjamin “Ben” Carmitchel


State Senator - District No. 17


J.D. Mesnard

Steve Weichert


State Senator - District No. 18


Frank Schmuck

Sean Bowie


State Senator - District No. 19


Lupe Chavira Contreras


State Senator - District No. 20


Paul Boyer
Charles Loftus

Douglas Ervin
Matthew Marquez


State Senator - District No. 21


Rick Gray
Randy Miller


State Senator - District No. 22


David Livingston
Clair Van Steenwyk

Wendy Garcia
Brianna Westbrook


State Senator - District No. 23


Timothy Jeffries
Kristina Kelly
Michelle Ugenti-Rita

Daria Lohman


State Senator - District No. 24


Vicki Alger

Lela Alston


State Senator - District No. 25


Tyler Pace
Itasca Small
(Write-In Candidate)

Kathy Mohr-Almeida


State Senator - District No. 26


Rebecca Speakman

Juan Mendez
Debbie Nez Manuel


State Senator - District No. 27


Cipriano Miranda
Rebecca Rios


State Senator - District No. 28


Kenneth R “Ken”  Bowers Jr.
Kate Brophy McGee

Christine Porter Marsh


State Senator - District No. 29


Martín J. Quezada


State Senator - District No. 30


Otoniel “Tony” Navarrete


State Representative - District No. 1


Noel Campbell
Jodi Rooney
David Stringer

Ed Gogek
Jan Manolis


State Representative - District No. 2


John Christopher Ackerley
Anthony Sizer

Rosanna Gabaldón
Daniel Hernandez Jr.


State Representative - District No. 3


Olivia Cajero Bedford
Andres Cano
Alma Hernandez


Beryl Baker

State Representative - District No. 4


Charlene Fernandez
Geraldine “Gerae” Peten


Sara Mae Williams

State Representative - District No. 5


Leo Biasiucci
Regina Cobb
Jennifer Jones-Esposito
Paul Mosle
Patrick Finerd
(Write-In Candidate)
Sam Harrison
(Write-In Candidate)

Mary McCord Robinson


State Representative - District No. 6


Walter “Walt” Blackman
Stuart McDaniel
Bob Thorpe

Felicia French
Bobby Tyler


State Representative - District No. 7


Doyel Shamley

Arlando Teller
Myron Tsosie


State Representative - District No. 8


Cook  David
Thomas “T.J.” Shope

Carmen Casillas
Pablo Correa
Linda C. Gross


State Representative - District No. 9


Ana Henderson

Randall “Randy” Friese
JP Martin
Pamela Powers Hannley


State Representative - District No. 10


Todd Clodfelter

Domingo DeGrazia
Kirsten Engel
Nikki Lee
Catherine Ripley


Joshua Reilly
(Write-In Candidate)

State Representative - District No. 11


Mark Finchem
Howell Jones
Bret Roberts

Hollace Lyon
Barry McCain
Marcela Quiroz


State Representative - District No. 12


Travis Grantham
Nick Myers
Warren Petersen
Blake Sacha

Joe Bisaccia Lynsey Robinson D. J. Rothans


State Representative - District No. 13


Timothy “Tim” Dunn
Darin Mitchell Joanne Osborne Trey Terry

Thomas Tzitzura


State Representative - District No. 14


Gail Griffin
Becky Nutt

Bob Karp
Shelley Renne-Leon


State Representative - District No. 15


John Allen
Nancy Barto

Julie Gunnigle
Tonya MacBeth Jennifer Samuels


State Representative - District No. 16


John Fillmore
Lisa Godzich
Stephen Kridler
Tara Phelps
Kelly Townsend

Sharon Stinard


Richard Grayson
(Write-In Candidate)

State Representative - District No. 17


Nora Ellen
Jeff Weninger
Julie Willoughby

Jennifer Pawlik


State Representative - District No. 18


Don Hawker
Jill Norgaard
Greg Patterson
Farhana Shifa

Denise “Mitzi” Epstein Jennifer Jermaine LaDawn Stuben


State Representative - District No. 19


Devin Del Palacio
Diego Espinoza
Lorenzo Sierra


State Representative - District No. 20


Shawnna Bolick
Anthony Kern

Dan Anderson Hazel Chandler Patrick Church
Christopher “Chris” Gilfillan


State Representative - District No. 21


Kevin Payne
Tony Rivero

Bradley Hughes
Gilbert Romero


State Representative - District No. 22


Matt Bullock
Frank Carroll
John Heep
Ben Toma

Valerie Harris
Teri Sarmiento


State Representative - District No. 23


John Kavanagh
Jay Lawrence

Eric Kurland


State Representative - District No. 24


David Alger Sr.

Ken Clark
Fred Dominguez
Marcus Ferrell
John Glenn
Denise Link
Jennifer Longdon
Amish Shah


State Representative - District No. 25


Russell W. “Rusty” Bowers
Marlene Hinton
Michelle Udall

Johnny Martin


State Representative - District No. 26


Raymond D. Speakman

Isela Blanc
Athena Salman


State Representative - District No. 27


Talonya Adams Reginald Bolding
Diego Rodriguez
Roberto Sanchez Garcia

Robert Pepiton
(Write-In Candidate)


State Representative - District No. 28


Kathy Pappas Petsas
Maria Syms

Kelli Butler
Aaron Lieberman


State Representative - District No. 29

  Richard Andrade
Cesar Chavez

State Representative - District No. 30


Gary Spears

Bill Brotherton Alejandro Larios
Robert Meza
Raquel Terán


(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.