The very first thing I should say is thank you to all the candidates, campaign staff and especially to the researchers who contributed. This general election scorecard required of an even larger circle of amazing researchers, diligently working to update our primary voters’ guide in time for the general election in November.
AZ-NORML would like to thank Mike Robinette, Jack Wilborn, Dante Mitchell, George Griffeth, and Madison Grey. In addition, we have to acknowledge the research done by one of our favorite legislators, LD9’s Pam Powers-Hannley. Hannley’s Blog for Arizona (voted best AZ political blog by the Washington Post) followed many of the Democratic primary races and tracked candidate cannabis answers in debates.
In most cases, scores and responses were carried over from the primary scorecard to the general election update, unless there was a compelling reason to revise them. As could be expected, many, many candidates STILL did not respond to our survey. So, after eliminating the hundreds of candidates who did not make to the general election, we refocused our effort and tried to get answers on cannabis from everyone. Some candidates have made that decidedly difficult to do. Others saw the opportunity for a campaign speech and ran with it. We let them.
Our second-round survey only asked one question: “What is your position on cannabis issues?” About 25% of the candidates, a significant portion of the GOP candidates, steadfastly refused to respond despite multiple queries. To be clear, any candidate who posted contact info w the AZ SOS office received two emails and one phone call for both the primary and the general election. So, a total of 6 attempted contacts, which is why we don’t say they could not be reached. They failed to respond.
Once again, our ratings are based on direct responses to our survey, personal interviews with the candidates themselves or their constituents and party leaders, campaign literature, and legislative track records. In cases where they responded to our survey, we have included their quotes. In cases where they responded to someone else’s survey, we’ve quoted them and cited the source. Incumbents’ official websites or challengers’ campaign sites are linked the first time a candidate’s name appears in their entry. When the candidate does not have their own website, we are listing their Ballotpedia entry or, if they’re lucky enough to have one, their page on Arizona List.
(D) = Democrat (G) = Green (I) = Independent (L) = Libertarian (R) = Republican
* = Incumbent
? = Candidate contacted in both primary and general election, who failed to respond.
#N = candidate who did not respond and who did NOT provide public contact info for their campaign to the AZSOS Elections Dept.
(D) Rep. Kyrsten Sinema-While appearing to avoid the topic, Sinema has backed bills calling for the federal government to allow state programs to operate without interference and for increased access for veterans. The NCIA (National Cannabis Industry Association) congressional scorecard in fact gives her a perfect score of 6 for 6: In favor of Hemp, Medical Marijuana, Legalized Adult Use, CBD Rescheduling, Veterans’ Access, and solving Banking and Tax Restrictions. A+
(G) Angela Green – Who better to represent the Green Party than someone named Green? Her website proudly proclaims her support for medical marijuana as an economic engine, in addition to healing the public and the planet, though it’s worth noting in the primary she received 142 votes statewide. A-
(L) Adam Kokesh – Another protest-vote candidate. Kokesh, an Iraq War vet, knows about protesting. Kokesh first gained national attention in 2007 as a leader of the Iraq Veterans Against the War. Since then, Kokesh has embraced the Libertarian Party and even run for president. In fact, his senate race website is just an insufficiently edited version of his former presidential site, with a platform link that doesn’t work. B
(R) Rep. Martha McSally-Typical law-n-order conservative. McSally’s office is one of four congressional or senate offices that refused to meet with our AZ delegation during the national NORML conference in July. McSally scores 1 of 6 on NCIA’s scorecard for her support of vets. C–
Congressional District 1
(D) Rep. Tom O’Halleran*-Consistently avoids discussion, a former cop ad a former Republican.
At least, O’Halleran is not … C-
(R) Ms. Wendy Rogers- On Vote Smart’s Political Courage 2018 Survey Rogers is on record as opposing cannabis reforms, but considers it a state’s rights issue, so doesn’t feel she has to take a position on the issue as a congressional candidate. Wrong. D
Congressional District 2
(D) Rep. Ann L. Kirkpatrick-A former congresswoman in CD1, now the odds-on favorite in the seat McSally left to run for Senate, after years of discussion, Kirkpatrick at last accepts medical uses, but does not support wider legalization. Yet. C
(R) Lea Marquez Peterson- A proud donor to Project SAM, a leading prohibitionist organization, this year, Petersen is also erroneously listed as a representative, while she is actually only a candidate trailing her opponent by a considerable margin. Wrong twice. F
Congressional District 3
(D) Rep. Raul Grijalva*- A true champion on the issue, Grijalva was first AZ congressperson to work for reform. An NCIA 6 for 6. A+
(R) Mr. Nick Pierson-#N Pierson’s website does not reference cannabis. Question mark?
Congressional District 4
(D) Dr. David Brill-Supporter of Prop205, a VA Administrator, Dr. Brill pushed to allow cannabis therapy and has made cannabis reform a plank of his platform. A+
(G) Haryaksha Gregor Knauer-Usually we skip 3rd party candidates, but Knauer’s consistently fought for cannabis reform and even works in the industry. Worth mentioning. A+
(R) Rep. Paul Gosar*- I actually cannot say enough bad things about this man’s cannabis record in the unlimited space available. An NCIA 0 for 6 and a consistent NO-vote on ANY reforms. Despite repeated meetings and a medical degree as a dentist, Dr. Gosar has consistently stayed on wrong side of issue and proposed some draconian anti-cannabis bills over the years, including a bill to deny people with state medical marijuana cards any federal government services, even vets. As F as you can get. F
Congressional District 5
(R) Rep. Andy Biggs*-As former President of the AZ State Senate, Biggs has been a dedicated obstacle to reform despite numerous meetings in both PHX and DC. F
Congressional District 6
(D) Ms. Anita Malik-While Malik did not respond to our queries, she did submit this to Project Vote Smart: “I believe we should end the federal prohibition of marijuana and allow states to decide for themselves how to best regulate its use and sale. States that have legalized and regulated have seen economic booms and reductions in crime. I support federal marijuana reform that allows states to decide for themselves how to regulate the taxation and sale of recreational marijuana. Congress should not interfere. I support legalizing medical marijuana nationwide and allowing legal marijuana businesses to utilize traditional financial tools and banks to run their businesses. No person should be denied the medicine they need because of outdated laws.” Also Ms. Malik had representatives at a recent PHX NCIA event to assure Scottsdale voters she could be every bit as progressive as the republican in the seat when it comes to cannabis. A+
(R) Rep. David Schweikert*-That’s right, Scottsdale’s GOP representative has a perfect NCIA 6 for 6, like Grijalva, including key votes on banking protections and restricting the DOJ from interfering w state programs. A
Congressional District 7 (D)
(D) Rep. Ruben Gallego*- Longest AZ champion on the issue, both at the state and federal levels. As a state legislator, Gallego was the first to introduce legislation for full adult use in AZ, a 6 for 60 on NCIA and cosigner on dozens of bills. A+
Congressional District 8
(D) Dr. Hiral Tipirneni-Despite being a doctor who could provide immense credibility for medical cannabis through her support, Tipirneni not only avoids the topic, but even lumped marijuana in in her calls for beefing up the drug war along the border. C-
(R) Rep. Debbie Lesko*-Formerly resistant as a state legislator, Lesko has lightened position somewhat thanks to working w LEAP. C-
Congressional District 9
(D) Mr. Greg Stanton-As mayor of Phoenix, Stanton has avoided multiple opportunities to defend the issue, but is not associated with the recent ill-fated proposed city cannabis tax. B-
(R) Mr. Steve Ferrara – Under some circumstances, Ferrara could have gotten some points just for defeating outspoken cannabis critic Seth Leibsohn in the primary, but Leibsohn didn’t actually end up qualifying for the ballot and then endorsed Ferrera for the general election. It’s the next worst thing. D
(D) David Garcia-On the other hand, David Garcia’s campaign has courted the industry and made a statement on the current AZ Concentrates Crisis. Though cautious, Garcia is helping the cause. B+
(G) Noah Dyer-Easily one of the wildest gubernatorial candidates in the history of AZ (or probably anywhere), write-in candidate Dyer tried to make his way onto the Democratic ticket, but that party rejected him, even before he was skewered nationally on The Daily Show for his positions (pun intended). Turns out Dyer is more of a sexual mores reformer, calling for group sex and extramarital affairs to be championed, but happens to also like an occasional doobie between round of menage a troi. Less than zero chance of winning, though occasionally worth watching for the cringe-inducing comic touches. A-
(R) Gov. Doug Ducey*-Prior to this year’s legislative session, Ducey’s record was totally F-ed. However, he did sign the hemp bill and promised to work w the industry to create reforms this upcoming session. C-
(D) January Contreras-While Contreras says the “jury is still out” on whether or not legalization is a good thing, she does support the state’s medical program and has called for a dramatic shift in law enforcement priorities away from bedeviling the state’s $400 million dollar industry. B+
(L) Michael Kielsky-Write-in candidate Kielsky challenged notorious Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery twice among his many campaigns and appears to have the right perspective on cannabis … from a distance. Up close, he opposed Prop205 and comes off as a condescending jerk when talking about the issue. Quote from his 2012 campaign: “It’s not for me, but you guys can smoke that shit all you want. Smoke it to death if you want to, but it’s not for me.” B
(R) Mark Brnovich*-If ever there was a time the cannabis industry needed a heads up on an extremely timely issue, two weeks before the election, Brnovich’s office announces they want to crack down on cannabis concentrates in the ever spreading republic reefer madness over the Jones Case. A mixed bag so far Brnovich, the incumbent, claimed to be a liberally minded GOP candidate when elected four years ago, but has done nothing to liberalize the AG’s office approach to cannabis issues. Thus far he hasn’t called for a crack-down on the industry since the Jones decision, but it will take more than that to get a good rating. C
SECRETARY OF STATE
(D) Sen. Katie Hobbs-As a leading Democratic senator, Hobbs has had numerous opportunities to support reforms and the cannabis industry. While she says she supports the idea of medical marijuana and signed on to other’s legislation, she has yet to take an active role. C
(L) Jenn Gray-Though a longshot write-in candidate, Gray easily has the best record on cannabis issues. She attends industry meetings and volunteers with various cannabis reform groups. A+
(R) Steve Gaynor- A supporter of the proudly rightwing, Center for Arizona Policy, Gaynor’s 1st answer on their survey was that he does not support legalization. We don’t support him, then. F
(D) Mark Manoil-Though he had not responded during the primary, after receiving the general election survey, Manoil contacted our office and spent twenty minutes chatting about the stupidity of the drug war in general and his commitment to challenging his opponent’s record as an anti-cannabis legislator. A
(R) Sen. Kimberly Yee-A rare special case, State Senator Kimberly Yee is the kind of elite, focused prohibitionist whose record is even below F status. In reaction to her steady record of resisting reform, AZ’s renown cannabis researcher, Dr. Sue Sisley led an attempted recall of Yee and was fired from her position at U of A. Few Arizonans have done more to work against cannabis than Yee. A heartily deserved F-
(D) William Pierce-Not that cannabis comes up when discussing mines that often (aside from the occasional truly “underground cultivator”), but Pierce loudly champions the medical program and voted yes on Prop205. B+
(R) Joe Hart*-The incumbent is a noted GOP Ideologue who even has his own rightwing talk radio station to disseminate misinformation. Hart’s belittled patients and reformers alike. F
CORPORATION COMMISSION (Pick 2)
(D) Sandra Kennedy-Though Kennedy is a former corporation commissioner, she has been off the commission for the past three election cycles and steadily been less supportive. C-
(D) Kiana Sears-A Phoenix-area school board member, Sears has been building her campaign for this race for the entire two-year cycle and made multiple statements in favor of cannabis reforms along the way. A
(R) Justin Olson*-An incumbent, Olson sat on the Judiciary Committee in the House where he aided prohibitionist extraordinaire, Eddie Farnsworth in blocking reform bills. D
(R) Rodney Glassman-A doctor, a lawyer, an officer, a millionaire and even former US Senate candidate, Glassman uniquely combines the arrogance and condescension of the most obnoxious examples of any of those fields. A Democrat in the 2010 elections, now running as “Conservative Trump Republican,” Glassman could claim to have any position, but who could trust him to stick to it? D-
SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION
(D) Kathy Hoffman-While she freely proclaims she supports medical, Hoffman doesn’t want to confuse education w cannabis issues. B-
(R) Frank Riggs-Former law enforcement, Riggs has been a candidate in both California and Arizona. Not only hasn’t he expressed a position in this race, while running for governor four years ago, he avoided the question in surveys of the time. C-
State Senate District 01
(D) Ms. Jo Craycraft- We neither received or nor could find specific statements from Craycraft on cannabis. ?
(R) Sen. Karen Fann*- Still full of misinformation after years of meetings, Fann claims to accept medical use, but still treats patients like suspects. C-
State Senate District 02
(D) Sen. Andrea Dalessandro*- A longtime advocate on medical issues, Dalessandro replies to both our primary and our general election survey. During the primary she wrote, “I am for recreational marijuana.” Responding for the general election, Dalessandro elaborated: “Very UNfamiliar with cannabis personally – Strongly OPPOSES federal government policy – Strongly SUPPORTS Arizona’s MMJ Program – WILL advocate for reducing AZ Criminal Penalties if elected – Strongly SUPPORTS state and federal legalization/decriminalization.” A
(R) Ms. Shelley M. Kais- Though she would not respond to our questions, Kais did respond to both the mining industry and to CAP (Center for Arizona Policy-Cathi Herod’s legendary right-wing think tank) where she said she does not support cannabis legalization. Kais also responded to mining company giant, Freeport-McMoran’s “Rock’n Voters” survey where she explained that she does support cannabis research: “Upon recommendation of a constituent, I read “The Pot Book” edited by Julie Holland MD regarding the role of cannabis in medicine, politics, science and culture. While I support the medical use of marijuana, I believe Arizona should study the recreational use of marijuana based on cost/benefit and long-term implications for public policy.” C+
State Senate District 03
(D) Rep. Sally Gonzales*- Gonzales has not led on any bills but has been a consistent co-signer on reform bills while in the House. Expect her to be an ally in the Senate. B+
State Senate District 04
(D) Sen. Lisa Otondo*-Longtime supporter, Otondo filed bills on hemp and autism as a qualifying condition in 2018 session. A
(R) Julian Contreraz (write-in) – Another surprise write-in from the general election, Contreraz wanted to be included in our voters’ guide: “For the life of me I cannot understand the negative stigma associated with cannabis use. The medical implication for cannabis use is significant. I have seen friends and family members be able to stop the use of prescription drugs do to cannabis. I am for the legalization of cannabis use for medicinal and recreational use.” A-
State Senate District 05
(D) Ms. J’Aime Morgaine-A dedicated liberal, Morgaine successfully challenged US Rep. Paul Gosar for blocking her on Twitter. Ms. Morgaine weighed in for the general election survey, “As a veteran living with service-connected PTSD, I have researched medical marijuana extensively, and strongly oppose the federal government’s position that cannabis has no redeeming medical value. My personal diagnosis qualifies for medicinal use of cannabis, yet the VA does not prescribe, provide, or pay for the medical marijuana that could potentially be a much more effective treatment (and is certainly less toxic) than the “approved” drugs they WILL prescribe and provide. I fully support Arizona’s medical marijuana program, and if elected, will work to reduce the criminal penalties Arizonans currently face for possessing cannabis. I absolutely favor legalizing cannabis for adults at the federal and state levels. Beyond that, I will work to include medical marijuana in the prescription formularies that determine insurance-provided “pharmaceuticals.” Senator Borrelli is anything but a reformer. He doesn’t support legalization of cannabis. And, he can’t even talk about the hemp legalization bill without qualifying his participation by saying (repeatedly), “It’s rope, not dope.” I am the only LD5 Senate candidate who will actually fight for the right of Arizonans to use cannabis without fear of governmental reprisal and will do so publicly and proudly. And I very much appreciate NORML reaching out to me for endorsement consideration for the general election.” A
(R) Sen. Sonny Borrelli*- Despite a strong anti-legalization stance, Borrelli has emerged as a leading GOP reformer on medical cannabis issues, pushing through the 2018 hemp bill and working over a year on an unsuccessful bill that would have established testing standards for the industry. Post primary, Sen. Borrelli has again confirmed that he is planning another robust reform agenda for improving the medical program and has bills in the works for the 2019 session. A-
State Senate District 06
(D) Mr. Wade Carlisle- Make what you will of Carlisle’s round 2 responses, sent as separate emails. Carlisle’s first response was: “Here’s one from pot smokers.” When asked to clarify he wrote, “I don’t have a problem with the legalization.” I make it a B-. I appreciate “not having a problem w legalization,” I don’t appreciate the dismissive “pot smokers” remark. Of course, Carlisle’s casual approach to the issue is still miles ahead of his opponent B-
(R) Sen. Sylvia Allen*- Allen has long been on record opposing cannabis reforms, but that is far from the worse of her positions. It probably shouldn’t be surprising that Allen is so far off base on cannabis issues. The woman once said we did not need to worry about the environment because … well … because, “(The Earth) has been here 6,000 years, long before anybody had environmental laws, and somehow it hasn’t been done away with.” No seriously, Allen actually said that in a legislative hearing. Watch here. Laughably, after this remark Allen was appointed to chair the GOP-driven committee on education. Allen needs to be reeducated due to beliefs rooted in propaganda. F
State Senate District 07
(D) Sen. Jamescita Peshlakai*-Over the years, Peshlakai has signed on several bills over the years, but no leadership on issue. In campaign rallies and forums she has insisted she opposes overall legalization due to the history of addiction issues in tribal communities. B-
(R) Mr. John L. Mealer-As a former candidate for both governor and US Senate, Mealer supports cannabis reform both from a liberty standpoint and as a businessman. Mealer has been working on his position since his earlier run in 2014. Read it for yourself:
“First let me say something about new businesses and how they must be regulated for public safety and welfare:
I live in Wagon Wheel which is a small unincorporated county area between Lakeside and Show Low. The NavajoCounty P&Z decided to give a building permit to someone who is now building an overnight Truck Stop not more than 1/4 mile away. When it is completed and put to use, everyone in the two larger neighborhoods where I live will have to deal with tractor trailer rigs idling all night with reefers on to keep their frozen loads frozen and/or their engines idling so the trucks stay warm all night in the winter. There go property values! Sadly, the company will lose its business and sue the county and the county will also be sued by the homeowners. Navajo County is barely level right now funding wise…. This is to show that certain businesses must be placed strategically and planned in such a way that they do not do more damage than good. This type of business should have gone through the public notice type of system, so that people could respond to the damage it will cause locally.
I believe that cannabis (in all formats) should be decriminalized and legalized for use by adults 21 and up, on both a national and state level and regulated like cigarettes and alcohol. It should be allowed as a marketable product and hopefully placed under my ArizonaVested℠ self funding Program and plans for an enhanced Arizona Meat & Agriculture Department where Arizona can grow and label our own high grade, premium products for sell globally. This covers all Arizona meat and Ag. products. Possible high grade Arizona cannabis sales along with my huge push for industrial hemp and kenaf for a myriad of products is great for Arizonans.
With that being a good idea, we must also keep the alcohol styled regulations where Arizona would allow home grow and only home resell as if someone without a license to sell as a company of sorts, the ability to market it like beer and wine are currently sold and regulated.
Referring back to the Truck Stop near my house comment and why P&Z is critical.
If a group or an individual were to incorporate to farm and sell cannabis and related products, they must do so in a safe manner and with their farms fenced off to prevent underage theft of cannabis flowers and such. The business must also be placed where it will not interfere detrimentally with another business or homes, schools, etc…
ArizonaVested℠ means your education, your new business, your career and your investments in our great state really do matter, it’s time we live the way we want to live, while allowing Arizona to run Arizona.This is one election that I truly need to make it to office because I can push this ArizonaVested℠ Program / plan through first session.
I also believe that any incarcerated for cannabis related crimes, should be released with their cannabis related records expunged. Those with ‘three strikes’ with one of them cannabis related, should also have the three strikes rule removed and if sentenced for other criminal activity, should only be held responsible for those crimes. A
State Senate District 08
(D) Ms. Sharon Girard- Responding to our general election survey, Ms. Girard writes, “As a healthcare provider for 30 years and a citizen, I believe marijuana should be legal for medical and recreational use. Its use should be regulated for recreation as with alcohol, with an age restriction and some rules. Medically, marijuana is a gift of nature, and we have yet to find out all its medicinal properties. I also believe making drugs illegal increases the risk for crime, organized crime and a criminal record, which is merely punitive for those struggling in society. Once legal, I believe all marijuana criminal records should be expunged, for those with nonviolent crimes or possession or sale. We must, in society, focus on more important issues that hurt people, as example, the opioid epidemic. Drug abuse and addiction is a mental health issue, not a criminal issue. Marijuana sale for medical and recreational use will bring millions of dollars of needed revenue to our state. We must also work to address drug and alcohol addiction in our society, which is a major reason for crime and recidivism after release from the criminal justice system. Making marijuana legal for recreational use in small amounts is good business and good for society.” A
(R) Sen. Franklin Pratt*-An immaculate old-school politician, Pratt is good in meetings, but little in action. C-
State Senate District 09
(D) Rep. Victoria L. Steele-A former state legislator, Steele is longtime supporter on issue, having backed reform bills while in office and including cannabis reform in her platform while running for Congress. Steele is likely to be a new powerful ally in a Senate that could flip control or is highly likely to be tied 15-15. Here is what Steele said in an interview w fellow LD9 legislator, Pam Powers-Hannley: ““I was a drug and alcohol therapist at a rehab center for women. I never once saw anyone overdose on marijuana. But I do see our prisons filled with brown-skinned people on marijuana charges. Decriminalization will help the economy. We will regulate marijuana like alcohol and tobacco. It’s a simple fix.” A
(R) Randy Fleenor – A surprise write-in candidate, so far Fleenor is a cipher. ?
State Senate District 10
(D) Sen. David Bradley*-A longtime advocate, Bradley was one of AZ’s first legislators to take meetings on reform. A-
(R) Ms. Marilyn Wiles – While Wiles did not respond to our surveys and does not have a campaign website, she did post on Facebook that: “I support cannabis for medical purposes only. I do not support legalization of cannabis while it is still illegal at the federal level.” B
State Senate District 11
(D) Mr. Ralph Atchue – In 2016 candidate Atchue was surveyed by the Arizona Trucking Association and said he supported Prop205: “My support extends to what the voters of Arizona approve via ballot initiative.” B
(R) Rep. Vince Leach-The most active prohibitionist in the state House over the last few years, Leach filed 6 anti-cannabis bills last session. Not looking forward to seeing him in the Senate. F
State Senate District 12
(D)Ms. Elizabeth Brown – Again we get to thank LD9 Representative Pam Powers-Hannley for getting the candidates on record. In her August 6th post on Blog for Arizona, Powers-Hannley notes Brown wants to decriminalize cannabis as a way to address the private prison industry problem. B+
(R) Rep. Eddie Farnsworth-One of cannabis’s dedicated opponents, Farnsworth consistently blocked bills in his judiciary committee. F
State Senate District 13
(D) Ms. Michelle Harris- Though not a personal consumer, Harris strongly supports the state medical program. Harris says she has friends who benefit from cannabis for their PTSD. B+
(R) Sen. Sine Kerr*-A midterm replacement, Kerr kept under the radar, but did vote for SB1420, the testing bill. C
State Senate District 14
(D) Mr. Jaime Alvarez-A 2nd time candidate, Alvarez calls for a fully taxed and regulated adult use program. A
(R) Rep. David M. Gowan Sr.-A returning state legislator, Gowan has opposed the issue in the past. F
State Senate District 15
(D) Ms. Kristin Dybvig-Pawelko-Blog for Arizona’s has Dybvig-Pawelko on record predicting eventual cannabis legalization and further that “people incarcerated for drug possession should be released when marijuana becomes universally legalized in the state.” A
(R) Rep. Heather Carter*-Though she says she is open to medical, Carter hasn’t heard cannabis bills in her health committee. D-
State Senate District 16
(D) Mr. Benjamin Carmitchel- The first to respond to our general election candidate survey, Carmitchell wrote: “I support Arizona’s current treatment of cannabis as a potentially beneficial drug. I do not support recreational use. I do, however, support de-criminalizing cannabis, where the penalty would be similar to and escalate per offense like a traffic ticket. In the future, with adequate proof from the medical community that cannabis is not harmful, then I may support allowing recreational use.” Carmitchell also noted he did not believe cannabis legalization is an important issue for his district. A-
(R) Sen. David Farnsworth*- Based on the track record of LD16 legislators like Rep. Kelly Townsend and Senator Farnsworth, he may be right. Another prohibitionist leader, Farnsworth held several meetings on reform, but voted against it. Filed 3 anti-cannabis bills last session. D
State Senate District 17
(D) Mr. Steve Weichert-A fierce opponent to the GOP officeholders in his district, Weichert takes a positive stance on medical cannabis. B-
(R) Rep. J.D. Mesnard- As Speaker of the House, Mesnard torpedoed at least a dozen reform bills during his tenure. D-
Senate District 18
(D) Sen. Sean Bowie*-Consistently avoids topic, Bowie claims district is too conservative to discuss it. C
(R) Mr. Frank Schmuck-A dedicated naysayer, Schmuck told Freeport-McMoRan he opposes legalization and continues to say, “There continues to be significant evidence pointing to Marijuana as a gateway drug. We are responsible for providing for the safety of our children, and until we can eliminate all fraud and abuse from the currently available methods of obtaining marijuana legally, there is no reason to expand its availability.” D
State Senate District 19
(D) Sen. Lupe Chavira Contreras*-While never a leader on the issue, Contreras has provided steady strong support and signed onto reform bills for the past several years. A-
State Senate District 20
(D) Mr. Douglas Ervin-Ervin is a ?
(I) Mr. Doug Quelland- One of the PHX areas more entertaining perennial candidates, the man w the oversized mustache, “Q” was a Republican legislator twice last decade and found himself removed from office for violating Clean Elections laws. Since then he has run in most elections, uses trucks and other innovative placements for his signs, simply emblazoned w a giant Q. Quelland told CAP that he opposes cannabis legalization, saying, “Not a good idea. Not right for Arizona.” And neither is he. F
(R) Rep. Paul Boyer*-Leader in prohibitionist community, Boyer was a key part of 2016 NO-vote campaign. Usually the most guaranteed NO vote in the legislature. F
State Senate District 21
(R) Sen. Rick Gray*- Resistant but open to discussion, Gray supported hemp and testing bills this session. C+
State Senate District 22
(D) Ms. Wendy Garcia-Lifelong cannabis advocate at both state and federal level, Garcia is also leader in the Phoenix area Indivisible movement. A+
(R) Rep. David Livingston- Formerly resistant, Livingston has lightened position somewhat, assisted the testing bill this year. B-
State Senate District 23
(D) Ms. Daria Lohman- Responding to our round 2 question, Lohman writes, “When elected, I will lead the fight to make affordable health care available to the people of Arizona. Substance abuse in Arizona is a serious mental and physical health care issue that cries for attention. Marijuana is no more a danger than alcohol. The misuse and abuse of these substances continues to increase. Medical marijuana has proven to be beneficial for people suffering from a variety of health problems. Little evidence suggests that such use leads to tragedy. Recreational use of alcohol while deadly for some is not a death sentence for most people. Recreational marijuana follows the same pattern. Instead of wasting millions of tax dollars to stop their use, I will focus state resources on providing accessible health care and mental health care for Arizonans who need of those services. Prohibition of alcohol did not work. Prohibition of the use of marijuana does not work. Legalization and control of one demonstrates the importance of legalizing and controlling the other.” While a bit misinformed about the toxicity of cannabis, Lohman is clearly ready to be an ally. A-
State Senate District 24
(D) Rep. Lela Alston- Longtime supporter, as both a state senator and state representative, Alston has signed on key bills, though not taken a leadership role on this issue, but who can fault a 70 year old woman w red-white-and-blue hair? A-
(R) Ms. Vicki Alger-Alger is a ?
State Senate District 25
(D) Dr. Kathy Mohr-Almeida – A psychotherapist, first time candidate Mohr-Almeida answered AZ Central’s questionnaire about legalizing cannabis with this very encouraging answer: “Yes [to legalization]. We have spent far too long and far too much money on prohibition of a cannabis. Legalization in Colorado did not increase the use of marijuana. The crime rate declined, fewer people are being detained for non-violent offenses, and the state is saving a significant about of tax payer money on law enforcement and corrections. Arizona could certainly put the added tax revenue of legal cannabis to good use funding schools, roads, and public transit instead of wasting money locking up nonviolent people who choose to use marijuana.” A
(R) Mr. Tyler Pace- Pace did not answer our survey, or CAP or AZ Central, so he is a ?
State Senate District 26
(D) Sen. Juan Mendez*- A leader in AZ legislative cannabis reform, Mendez has filed and backed bills for years on reform. Mendez also provided this expansive answer to AZ Central as to why he supports legalization: “The sky never fell in any of the states that have legalized cannabis (weed), most problems are with where to put all the money and being able to scale up production. The drug war is racist and works better as a means to lock up people of color than to address drug availability and usage. Prohibition only pushes the economy underground. Cartels reap untold profits. Arizona gives millions of dollars to private prisons to lock thousands of us for mostly non-violent offenses. We end up spending more on police and prisons than on vital public services. Just for a few to impose righteous punishment on a personal choice. I’ve introduced legislation in the past to end the prohibition of cannabis and will continue to support efforts in the future.” A+
(R) Ms. Rebecca Speakman- One of four would-be power couples running for the state legislature, except these two find themselves in exactly the wrong district for GOP candidates, Ms. Speakman and her father-in-law are both running in LD26 (one of the most lopsided pro-Democrat districts in the state). She’s a realtor running for the Senate, he’s businessman running for the House and they share the same website. It’s cute but under informative. And when it comes to multiple surveys for various organizations, both Speakmans remain ?
State Senate District 27
(D) Rep. Rebecca Rios- Rios writes, “VERY familiar with cannabis personally – Strongly SUPPORTS federal government policy – Strongly SUPPORTS Arizona’s MMJ Program – WILL advocate for reducing AZ Criminal Penalties if elected – Strongly SUPPORTS state and federal legalization/decriminalization.” (Rios’s efforts to work against SB1420 lowered her score.) B+
State Senate District 28
(R) Sen. Kate Brophy McGee*-Thus far, though McGee claims she has supported medical program, she has taken no action. C-
State Senate District 29
(D) Sen. Martin Quezada*- Another of the longtime supporters on the issue, Quezada writes he is “Somewhat familiar with cannabis personally – Strongly OPPOSES federal government policy – Strongly SUPPORTS Arizona’s MMJ Program – WILL advocate for reducing AZ Criminal Penalties if elected – Strongly SUPPORTS state and federal legalization/decriminalization.” Additional Comments: “I support the legalization of cannabis. I am also realistic about needing a long-term strategy to move the political needle to get there in order to get public and political buy-in. I am committed to working on ways to accomplish that.” A
State Senate District 30
(D) Rep. Otoniel-Navarrete- So far AZ-NORML has had several good meetings, but no legislative action. However, Navarrate is one of five bipartisan legislators reported to be preparing to take up a defelonization bill for the 2019 legislative session. This bill (most recently carried by departing Rep. Mark Cardenas) has been an ongoing project since 2013. A-
HOUSE (Pick 2)
State House District 01
State House District 01
(D) Ms. Jan Manolis-An off-the-record supporter of both medical and adult use running in “Sheila Polk Country,” Manolis has kept a low profile about her pro-reform stance. B+
(D) Dr. Ed Gogek – Though Gogek acknowledges cannabis as medicine and claims he opposes AZ’s harsh cannabis criminal penalties, he has consistently worked against cannabis reform in general and was a leading voice in the NO-vote movements of both 2010 and 2016. D
(R) Rep. Noel Campbell*-A former DEA pilot, Campbell professes to support the medical program, but continues to perpetuate debunked reefer madness myths from his days in law enforcement. If he wasn’t such a gentleman about his score would be lower. D+
(R) Rep. David Stringer*- A former DC lawyer, Stringer claims to support issue but hasn’t helped, saying his district is too conservative. All that said, Stringer is now another of the five legislators currently trying to promote themselves by claiming they intend to take up defelonization in 2019, that is why the upgraded grade. B-
State House District 02
(D) Rep. Rosanna Gabaldon*- Another longtime supporter, Rep Gabaldon has seen personal medical miracles for her family and friends. Gabaldon writes: “Cannabis use is an issue that needs to be addressed in our state, and I would support legalizing recreational use. Arizona suffers from high incarceration rates, where non-violent offenders are jailed alongside violent offenders, which can lead to high recidivism rates. This places a burden on our law enforcement and a financial burden on our state.” A
(D) Rep. Daniel Hernandez*- A hero from the Gabby Giffords shooting in 2011, Hernandez has consistently supported a variety of progressive issues. B+
(R) Rep. J. Christopher Ackerley- A conservative educator, Ackerley held the seat from 2014 thru 2016. Though Ackerley claims he supports the concept of legalization, he objects to tying cannabis reform to ed funding. Just before publication, Ackerley sent in this response: “I support the medical use of cannabis as an alternative to pharmaceuticals that often have more dangerous potential side effects. The question of legalizing recreational use will eventually be settled by the voters. I see valid arguments on both sides of the issue. Therefore, my support or opposition to any future initiative, or possibly even a referral from the legislature, would be based on careful consideration of the public policy implications. Whether or not Arizona legalizes recreational use, I would support criminal justice reforms to lessen the extraordinary costs, both societal and economic, of incarcerating individuals for non-violent drug offences.” B+
(R) Mr. Anthony Sizer-A NO on legalization according to CAP, Sizer explains, or more accurately confuses, this way: “I believe this could drastically impact DoD contract employment due to interview drug test. Even excessive second hand could impact this employer entry drug test.” Whatever. F
State House District 03
(D) Mr. Andres Cano-Responding to our 2nd round, Cano writes, “I support legalization of medical and recreational marijuana. I believe that legalization will not only bring in additional revenue for our schools– it will also lower rising costs that have contributed to an expensive, discriminatory criminal justice system.” A
(D) Ms. Alma Hernandez-?
(G) Ms. Beryl Baker – Green Party candidates have long been champions of cannabis reform. Some even suggest that is how the party got its name. Baker is no exception. The state Green Party posted a list of their candidates and those candidates’ positions. According to their site, Baker, “Supports medical marijuana. Supports decriminalization of all drugs as believes that the war on drugs has not worked. Instead it has caused corruption, violence, deaths, and an increase in prison populations. Supports treatment as opposed to prison.” Baker also told AZ Central, “Agree with the use of medical marijuana. Some polls show that more and more Americans are in favor of legalizing recreational marijuana. Crime does not seem to have increased nor has there been a negative impart in public health in those states that legalized it. Do have some questions about recreational marijuana like although taxation could bring a large amount of revenue to the state too much taxation could cause it to revert back to the black market. Also, some of the states who have legalized marijuana for recreational use are now dealing with higher DUI statistics related to that use. AZ needs to learn from what has not worked in other states when or if the people of AZ decide to legalize recreational marijuana.” Good answer despite being wrong about the DUI stats. A-
State House District 04
(D) Rep. Charlene Fernandez*- Emerging as a legislative voice for the medical cannabis industry, Fernandez has backed several key pieces of legislation. A-
(D) Rep. Geraldine Peten*- New to the legislature, Ms. Peten backed key bills this session. B
(G) Sara Mae Williams-A social activist school board member on the Tohono O’odham reservation. Ms Williams is actively challenging traditional tribal culture in a variety of ways and a leader in the cause of bringing cannabis reforms to her community. Sara writes, “I fully support the legalization of marijuana for both recreational and medicinal purposes. It’s about restoring justice, creating revenue and improving healthcare. Arizonans know legalization could be a positive solution to funding needed programs like education, healthcare, children services, etc. As a future legislator, I don’t want to just support, I want to take an active role in helping create positive cannabis legislation.” A+
State House District 05
(D) Ms. Mary McCord Robinson-Longtime activist, first-time candidate and Arizona List fav, McCord Robinson supports reform. She also replied to our second-round question: “Thank you for reaching out. I am 100% in favor of legalizing cannabis and have been since growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area in the sixties. I just finished reading the email alert from NORML regarding our Veterans and the treatment for PTSD, this is shameful. I will certainly be fighting for this and the further expanded uses of cannabis. Cannabis should be the go-to option for all medical purposes. I want to see more focus on using cannabis to treat pain in the elderly, treat opioid addiction, help our children with chronic illnesses such as epilepsy and autism. I see cannabis as the way to treat many illnesses and we need to tear down the walls that are preventing us from progressing. I would also like to see many of those that are incarcerated be released and have their rights returned.” A
(R) Dr. Regina Cobb*-A dentist like her mentor, Dr Gosar (meaning, like Gosar, she’s supposed to be a doctor, but won’t support patients), Cobb claims to support medical, has not taken meetings or supported reform bills in any discernable way. D+
(R) Mr. Leo Biasiucci-A former Green Party candidate, Biasiucci had claimed to support cannabis reform measures in 2016. However, his dramatic party shift and current billing as a “Trump Conservative,” bring all his positions into question. For example, as of 2018, Biasiucci now professes to CAP that he opposes legalization. D
State House District 06
(D) Ms. Felicia French-Taking on the GOP machine in rural AZ is no small task, but with a background as an Army Colonel and RN, French is ready to take on tough battles. According to AZ Central, French thinks it’s time for a major change in cannabis as well: “Marijuana prohibition has created a system where non-violent offenders are locked up alongside violent offenders, leading to high incarceration rates and additional financial burdens on the state. It is time that we stop locking up those whose only crime is possession of marijuana so we can allow our police officers to focus on more serious, violent crimes, a solution that would only make our communities safer.” A
(D) Mr. Bobby Tyler- Responding to our general survey, Tyler wrote: “I am in support of the Medical marijuana program. We have a grow facility in my community. And I have recently toured to learn more about the many medical benefits.” A
(R) Mr. Walter Blackman-After repeated attempts to give Blackman a chance to respond, he sent the brief note, “I’m not interested.” Duly noted. F
State House District 07
(D) Mr. Arlando S. Teller- In a district heavily controlled by tribal leaders across 6 counties where American Indians make up two thirds of the population, traditional tribal mores typically drive public policy. So far, tribal leaders in all AZ tribes are officially opposing cannabis. Teller appears to be avoiding the topic, but has made no statements either way. ?
(D) Mr. Myron Tsosie- Ditto. ?
(R) Mr. Doyel Shamley- Though he wants to come off as a “just plain folks” kind of guy, when constituents tried to nail him down on cannabis reform, Shamley has consistently evaded the question, “just like any other mealy-mouthed politician,” according to one of his fellow LD7 candidates. Maybe it’s because he told CAP he opposes legalization. D-
State House District 08
(D) Ms. Carmen L. Casillas-A returning candidate and another favorite of Arizona List, Casillas has called for reforms in all her campaigns. On Facebook, she writes, “I support both the medical and adult-use of cannabis because that’s what my constituents want.” A-
(D) Ms. Linda C. Gross-One of our last-minute responses came from Ms. Gross in LD8: “In general I believe we should legalize marijuana, so we can properly tax and regulate it’s use. We should not divert precious law enforcement resources to enforcing antiquated laws and sending people to jail for low-level drug offenses involving possession or use of marijuana. I absolutely support protecting the use of medical marijuana, as it has proven so effective in treating medical conditions when nothing else works.” A
(R) Rep. David Cook*-Office mate of leading House GOP reformer Kevin Payne, Cook supported the hemp and testing bill. Cook did reply to our general survey, sort of. He sent this response to the first of our 3 queries and did not elaborate, so make of it what you will: “Thanks for reaching out. Congrats on your accomplishments.” He did vote for our bills this past session, so we will make a C+
(R) Rep. T.J. Shope* -For years Shope has quietly supported cannabis reforms and shown some leadership on a couple of bills. Now that he is the Speaker Pro Temp at the House, we can lean on him a little to start advancing stuff. B
State House District 09
(D) Dr. Randall Friese* -The minority leader in the House, Doctor Friese has a key role in cannabis reform and had helped some bills along the way, however his efforts to work against SB1420 at the end of this past session lowered his score. B
(D) Rep. Pamela Powers Hannley*- The strongest advocate in the statehouse, Powers-Hannley, a medical journal editor and MMJ card holder, is a leader on progressive causes (she’s also the former chair of the state Democratic Party progressive caucus). Powers-Hannley has filed multiple pro-cannabis bills in both years of her first term at the capitol. For example, Powers-Hannley filed a bill that would have solved the AZ Concentrates Crisis this past session and is expected to have a robust reform agenda next session. A+
State House District 10
(D) Rep. Kirsten Engel*- Another urban progressive Engel has been an ally to Powers-Hannley on multiple bills including cannabis reform. In October, Engel announced she was reaching across the aisle to join Republican Reps Tony Rivero and David Stringer in sponsoring a 2019 defelonization bill. A
(D) Mr. Domingo DeGrazia- A notable musician and trial lawyer, DeGrazia is a first-time candidate. Reporting from an LD10 candidate forum, LD9 Rep. Pam Powers-Hannley notes joined other candidates calling for an end to cannabis prohibition. A
(R) Rep. Todd Clodfelter*- Having attended an ALEC convention in Denver that was feted by the Colorado cannabis industry, Clodfelter came back a changed politician and filed more than one bipartisan cannabis reform bills this session. Following his primary victory, Clodfelder has vowed to push for even reforms in 2019. So, his score should be an A. HOWEVER, it is worth noting that Clodfelter currently has lost much support, even from his own party, when he received national attention over an incident involving using a picture of the Confederate Flag as a screensaver for his computer on the floor of the House of Representatives. In case there is any doubt, AZ-NORML and national NORML do not support any use of Confederate flags.
State House District 11
(D) Col. Hollace Lyon-A former Air Force Colonel, Lyon has been a leader in her state party and supported the concept of sentencing reform. BUT, the colonel doesn’t want you to think she’s lost her military bearing. She explained to AZ Central her reluctant support for ending the drug war: “Yes [to legalization], but with serious reservations. We incarcerate too many people in our state and our country, for relatively minor drug crimes. I don’t believe legalizing more mind-altering substances will necessarily contribute to healthier and happier communities. I would want to study this issue more prior to making a definitive decision.” B
(D) Ms. Marcela Quiroz- Quiroz also explained her even-more negative position to AZ Central: “No, marijuana recreational use. Marijuana is very difficult to prosecute when caught driving under the influence.”
(R) Rep. Mark Finchem*-Worth noting, late in the past session, literally about 9PM during the final voting debate, which literally started at 10AM the previous day, Finchem, broke character and spoke in favor of a reform bill. Insiders say that’s not likely to happen twice, but we can hope. Finchem is among a small crowd of incumbents angling to become Speaker of the House if re-elected. Bumps him up to a C
State House District 12
(D) Mr. Joe Bisaccia- Another first-time candidate, Bisaccia told AZ Central he is ready for legalization: “Prohibition has never worked in America. I support the legalization of recreational marijuana and the proper administration of the market similar to how we control liquor and lottery sales. In addition, we can look to states like Colorado for using recreational marijuana tax receipts for funding our schools and in reducing incarceration rates.” A
(D) Ms. Lynsey Robinson- When interviewed by Rep. Powers-Hannley in late August, Robinson saw cannabis reform as essential to criminal justice reform. Quote: “Marijuana should be legalized (although not allowed anywhere near schools or churches) and those imprisoned prior to legalization should be released and their sentences vacated before they are molded into “hardcore” criminals while incarcerated.” A
(R) Rep. Travis Grantham*- An urban moderate conservative, Grantham has grown to a supporter on defelonization, hemp and testing. While he does not support full legalization, Grantham explained to AZ Central, “The recreational use of marijuana and the effects of those in close proximity to the product is problematic. Additionally, I do believe that some steps towards decriminalization can and should be taken.” B-
(R) Rep. Warren Petersen*- Though Petersen has claimed to support cannabis reform, his record hasn’t shown it. He told CAP he opposes legalization. D
State House District 13
(D) Mr. Thomas Tzitzura- When we talked to Tzitzura, the week after the primary, he was still unsure of how he wanted to answer. He eventually told AZ Central, “Eventually yes [on legalization]. I believe that we need to observe a while longer the process the states are going through that have legalized marijuana. Federal laws must be changed. Prior to legalizing marijuana, we need to ensure we have the infrastructure setup to handle the demands of such a social change.” A-
(R) Rep. Timothy Dunn*- So new to legislature that Dunn’s member page lists no sponsored bills, aside from backing the testing and hemp bills, he has no clear legislative track record so far, but he did tell CAP he opposes legalization. C-
State House District 14
(D) Mr. Bob Karp-Easily the longest early response thus far came from Karp after a round of round 2 phone tag: “I think you’re looking for a simple answer to a complex question. The answer you’re looking for is that I support complete decriminalization of cannabis. Sorry I’m not there yet there on this for many reasons:
- Without federal action this leads to a variety of state laws that may or may not create more problems than they solve. My concern is that there even in states such as California and Colorado, legitimate sellers and growers still do not have proper access to the banking system. Too much cash flowing through the industry allows for graft and corruption.
- If one of the reasons for decriminalization is to get recreational users out of the black market, there is still a need to have states get real about tax policy. From what I have read, high state taxes have made licensed sellers non-competitive with the black market. So there is still an issue about how states tax and regulate.
- I am in favor of medical marijuana use and, we of course have a problem here in Arizona regarding the sale of “edibles” (I’m not sure this is the right term) based on a recent course decision. This points out the problem of using the initiative process to write complicated law. This should be done by the legislature with hearings, etc.
- I’m in a wait and see position on complete decriminalization in Arizona based on the above. Also I want to get another year or so of results from Colorado and particularly California on how this works. If we can get the federal government to decriminalize then I would take a serious look at getting Arizona law updated.
As a Dem in a lopsided red district, I want to empathize with the desire to sound as reasonable and reasoned as possible. And the former English teacher in me makes me want to applaud his effort and give him an … , well you know, but we’re grading folks on cannabis positions here, not essay structure and cogence of thought, so, B
(D) Ms. Shelley Renne-Leon-Another fav of Arizona List, when it comes to cannabis, Renne-Leon is a ?
(R) Rep. Gail Griffin*- Longtime staunch opponent attempting to move from the Senate to the House, last session in caucus speeches, 84-year old Griffin equated cannabis w heroin and MMJ patients w junkies. F
(R) Rep. Becky Nutt*- Griffin’s seatmate, Becky Nutt, also worked hard against reforms in committees and on the floor. D-
State House District 15
(D) Ms. Julie Gunnigle-Another inspired first-time candidate, Gunnigle is running on an anti-corruption platform. Since is considered the most corrupt state government in the nation, she has her work cut out for her. Gunnigle also appears to understand that cannabis prohibition causes corruption and told AZ Central she supports legalization: “Yes. Marijuana use is less harmful with fewer side effects than alcohol. We should legalize it, tax it, and make sure it does not fall into the hands of children. We also need a competent regulatory agency to oversee legalization and ongoing administration.” A
(D) Ms. Jennifer Samuels-Further making sure the choice in this LD is crystal clear, Samuels also calls for legalization, telling AZ Central: “Recreational marijuana should be legalized in Arizona, regulated and taxed. The funds received from taxation could be used to increase Education funding.” A
(R) Rep. John Allen*- The majority leader in the House, Allen lightened a little during the 2018 session, but not much. He told CAP he opposes legalization. Needs to be reeducated due to beliefs rooted in propaganda. D
(R) Sen. Nancy Barto*-Continuing to be a font of misinformation, Barto is now heading from the Senate to the House, Barto also needs to be reeducated due to beliefs rooted in propaganda. Blocked key reform votes and promoted misinformation during opioid discussions. Consider this reply to AZ Central on the legalization question: “No. Arizona’s medical marijuana law has already has proliferated marijuana use by far more people than most voters intended. Most who voted for the measure envisioned helping vulnerable cancer patients but its lax rules far more often accommodate cardholders between 18-35 with “chronic pain”. It also sent the message to teens that marijuana is harmless. It’s not and its potency is exponentially higher than in the 70’s (3% vs. 15-80% in today’s depending if it is smoked, eaten or vaped). Legalized recreational marijuana have increased addiction, compromise a person’s judgment and increases serious auto injuries & death. With all of our concerns about students’ mental health and academic achievement, we should listen when studies link marijuana use to lower academic achievement and motivation, increased risk of psychotic symptoms and schizophrenia-like psychoses and increased testicular cancer. The dangers and unintended consequences of legalizing pot far outweigh any public benefit.” F
State House District 16
(D) Ms. Sharon Stinard-Another repeat candidate who sees herself as the magical moderate nexus between the parties, Stinard has avoided taking cannabis positions. C
(G) Richard Grayson-A famously flamboyant writer and activist, Grayson has run several times this decade specifically to challenge the Right. In the past three election cycles Grayson has come out strong for cannabis reform and supports legalization. A
(R) Mr. John Fillmore- Hostile AF, Fillmore is categorically an enemy of cannabis. A previous GOP legislator, Fillmore explained to AZ Central, “I am NOT in support of legalizing recreational marijuana nor introducing any new intoxicating or impairment assistance of any kind into our society. We already have enough crazies and an overabundance of BOTH LEGAL AND ILLEGAL substances abused.” F
(R) Kelly Townsend*- A leading source of misinformation and opposition, Majority Whip Townsend is the bitterest prohibitionist at the capitol. F
State House District 17
(D) Ms. Jennifer Pawlik-Like Steve Weichert, a returning candidate for LD17 Senate, Pawlik has a track record of challenging the GOP incumbents on a variety of issues … but not this one. On cannabis, Pawlik holds to the GOP approach and told AZ Central, she does not back legalization: “No, however I am in favor of decriminalizing marijuana which would help to reduce our huge prison population.” Another overly-calculated centrist position that satisfies no one. C-
State House District 18
(D) Rep. Mitzi Epstein*- While Epstein has spoken in favor of cannabis reform bills off the floor, she is less active than several of her allies in the House. Note her ambiguous centrist answer to AZ Central: “This decision is best left up to the voters. If marijuana is ever legalized, we need ensure it is strongly regulated and monitored so it is kept out of the hands of children and Arizonans are safe in their community, at work, and on our roadways.” B-
(D) Ms. Jennifer Jermaine- Jermaine’s response to the AZ Central legalization question reveals a novice candidate’s lack of understanding of cannabis issues: “It should be decriminalized. We spend a lot of taxpayer funds to house and care for non-violent inmates with minor drug convictions.” C
(R) Rep. Jill Norgaard*-Though she voted well on the testing and hemp bills, Noorgard had this answer for AZ Central on legalization: “No – Arizona should keep a watchful eye on Colorado and learn from its implementation and unintended consequences. Since legalization, teen use of marijuana has increased in Colorado by more than 70% of the national average. THC levels can be as high as 30 percent and the variability is dramatic. The increased potency exposes our citizens to increased health risks and higher traffic fatalities. The variability makes it more difficult to titrate the dose to the correct effect, which means that users are more likely to consume excessive doses, leading to adverse clinical effects. This has been seen already in Colorado emergency rooms. While some contend there will be increased revenues, there is not a clear correlation that benefit is outweighed by increased health care cost, social costs and lost time for employers.” NOTE: so much of that statement is either misinformed or deliberately deceptive we had to grade it even further down the longer we looked at it. D-
State House District 19
(D) Rep. Diego Espinoza*-Up till now the seat mate of the former leading House cannabis champion, Mark Cardenas, Espinosa has gone on to build his own track record of backing and filing pro-reform bills. He writes in our survey, “Not very familiar with cannabis personally – Strongly OPPOSES federal government policy – Strongly SUPPORTS Arizona’s MMJ Program – WILL advocate for reducing AZ Criminal Penalties if elected – Strongly SUPPORTS state and federal legalization/decriminalization.” A
(D) Mr. Lorenzo Sierra-Running for the seat vacated by Mark Cardenas in his ill-fated run for state treasurer, Sierra, seems to be in keeping for the sentiments of the district. He told AZ Central, “I believe well-regulated, responsibly consumed marijuana should be legal. Three main reasons are: 1. Decreased incarceration 2. Legally mandated safety and usage standards 3. Revenue generation.” A
State House District 20
(D) Mr. Christopher Gilfillan-A second-time candidate, though claimed to support medical, Gilfillan avoided taking a stance on cannabis reform issues in his 2016 campaign. His 2018 statement to AZ Central is also intentionally ambiguous: “I’m in favor of the compassionate care use of marijuana and think we can expand the system to include the recreational use of marijuana. However, there should be a greater regulatory burden on the potency, production, distribution, marketing and accessibility of the product, in all its forms.” B
(D) Ms. Hazel Chandler-Another candidate who doesn’t understand the distinction between legalization and decriminalization, Chandler told AZ Central, “Yes – Decriminalizing marijuana is a first step in reforming our criminal justice program. Marijuana has been shown to be effective in treating numerous diseases, as well as, helping in the treatment of opioid and other drug addictions. Taxes on marijuana have been an important source of revenue for surrounding states and could assist with critical funding for programs such as substance abuse treatment and education.” A-
(R) Rep. Anthony Kern*- During HR1820 (the testing bill) Kern used his speeches to belittle and insult cannabis medical patients. His votes on the testing bill aside, Kern needs educating. D-
(R) Ms. Shawnna L.M. Bolick-Wife of AZ Supreme Court Justice Clint Bolick, it comes as zero surprise Ms. Bolick told CAP she opposes legalization. D
State House District 21
(D) Mr. Bradley Hughes – A Surprise-area family practitioner, Hughes advocates for cannabis therapy for opioid withdrawal on his website and sent in this full paragraph response: “As a physician I have had the opportunity to counsel patients regarding medical marijuana and to review extensive information regarding its safety and efficacy. Unfortunately, even with medical marijuana in Arizona, there is still a financial barrier to many patients taking advantage of that fact. That is why I support legalization of recreational marijuana in Arizona. I believe the benefits far outweigh the risks. This will help us address the opiate crisis as well as over incarceration. We will save hundreds of millions of dollars every year in corrections costs as well as additional tax income from the legal sale of marijuana. It’s a no-brainer.” It’s a no-brainer to award that answer an A.
(D) Mr. Gilbert Romero- A bit less eloquently, Hughes’s slate-mate, Romero also wrote back on our second-round question: “My position around marijuana/cannabis … is I support the recreational use and legalization of marijuana for adults.” A-
(R) Rep. Kevin Payne*- The real deal, Payne was the driving force in the House behind the testing bill HR1820 and plans an aggressive reform agenda for the 2019 legislative session. A+
(R) Rep. Tony Rivero*- A bit more supportive than most in his caucus, though he has agreed to many of the injustices of the drug war, Rivero is still shy on leadership. However, Rivero gets some extra points for being one of five legislators preparing to take on defelonization of minor possession in the 2019 legislative session. B+
State House District 22
(D) Ms. Valerie Harris- Harris told AZ Central YES. “Recreational marijuana should be legalized. It should be regulated and taxed similarly to cigarettes and alcohol. The revenue should be used to help fund education and in public health programs fighting the opioid addiction epidemic in our state.” A
(D) Ms. Teri Sarmiento- Sarmiento’s CYA answer on the AZ Central, shows a major misunderstanding of the federal-state dynamic when it comes to cannabis regulation. OR, she is quietly trying to say she opposes legalization. You decide: “Arizona should follow Federal Law regarding marijuana use. I do support research into the benefits and health risks of marijuana, which will enable lawmakers and healthcare provides to make an educated decision.” Either way it’s the wrong answer. D
(R) Rep. Ben Toma*- Another mid-session replacement, Toma was attentive in meetings, but did not commit to reform positions. One of the few GOP candidates to reply to our survey, Toma writes: “VERY Unfamiliar with cannabis personally INDIFFERENT to federal government current policy INDIFFERENT to Arizona’s MMJ program WILL advocate for reducing AZ criminal penalties if elected Slightly OPPOSES state and federal legalization/decriminalization.” Toma put his money where his mouth his when he became the leading legislator among the five preparing to take on defelonization of minor possession in the 2019 legislative session. B+
State House District 23
(D) Mr. Eric Kurland- Mincing no words, Kurland tells AZ Central he supports legalization: “I believe adults in our country should be free to make decisions for themselves that do not harm others. While I would not be lighting up if it became legal, I do not believe our government should infringe on individual liberties. I support recreational marijuana being legalized.” A
(R) Rep. Jay Lawrence*- A former hardcore prohibitionist RW talk show host, Lawrence has evolved some. In 2016, Lawrence backed off pushing a bill that would have disqualified pregnant women from receiving medical cards. Presented w info, he changed his position. Let’s hope the trend continues. C+
(R) Sen. John Kavanagh- A former Manhattan cop, known as the King of Smart-ass, Kavanagh is another GOP legislator aiming to cycle between the House and Senate until well into next century. His antics would be easy to tolerate if this guy wasn’t also AZ’s most colorful and most dogged prohibitionist. F
State House District 24
(D) Ms. Jennifer Longdon- Usually, only incumbents can truly be judged on their past work, but Longdon actually worked in the industry, making her one of the strongest cannabis candidates on record this election. See for yourself: “I was involved in the MMJ movement in its early days in Arizona as a caregiver. I briefly worked for the first collective in the state. I also helped write several dispensary applications for the first lottery and my pro-MMJ article appeared in the Phoenix New Times. Further, I support legalization of cannabis for recreational use. I would like to see cannabis treated and taxed like alcohol.” A+
(D) Dr. Amish Shah- So frustrating such a great looking and sounding candidate like Shah is an intentional ?
(R) Mr. David Alger-In the most progressive district in the state it is curious why Alger and Shah, two of the three candidates in the race, chose to be ?s
State House District 25
(D) Mr. Johnny Martin- Part of the new wave of younger candidates, Martin is otherwise a ?
(R) Rep. Russell Bowers*-RW ideologue, Bowers did work to advance HR1820, but consistently disparaged the program and patients. D-
(R) Rep. Michelle Udall*- The only discernible difference in position between these two is Udall’s comparative lack of sarcasm. D
State House District 26
(D) Rep. Isela Blanc*- A fiery supporter, Blanc took leadership on several of last session’s pro-reform bills. A
(D) Rep. Athena Salman*- This is another deep blue district with strong support for cannabis reform. Working w LD26 Senator Juan Mendez, Salman has taken a vocal stance for cannabis reform. A
State House District 27
(D) Rep. Reginald Bolding*- A school teacher turned political reformer, Bolding has been bold on a wide variety of issues, but not cannabis. He has signaled an increased interest in the issue over the years. B-
(D) Mr. Diego Rodriguez-One of 2016’s most visible cannabis reform candidates, a former prosecutor, Rodriguez took on notorious Maricopa County attorney, Bill Montgomery, and has maintained his strong call for cannabis reform as a legislative candidate. Rodriguez is one of the VERY few candidates to speak at an AZ-NORML meeting. Twice! A+
State House District 28
(D) Rep. Kelli Butler*- A former party leader, Butler is a powerhouse in the House and a supporter on reform. A-
(D) Mr. Aaron Lieberman-Presenting himself as a cannabis moderate, Lieberman aims for the middle ground in his statement to AZ Central: “Ultimately, this issue should be left up to the voters to decide. If the voters do decide to legalize marijuana, the state legislature should ensure there is a robust infrastructure in place to ensure its safe development and use. I do support medical marijuana and feel strongly the state should be more proactive in ensuring effective regulation of this fast-growing portion of our state economy.” B+
(R) Rep. Maria Syms*- During the 2018 session Syms was a continuous purveyor of misinformation. Here’s the deceptions she advanced in her AZ Central interview: “We need only look to the problems associated with recreational marijuana legalization in Colorado to see that it is a bad idea for Arizona. Since legalization, teen use of marijuana has increased in Colorado by more than 70% of the national average. As a former member of the Governor’s Arizona Substance Abuse Partnership, I understand the social, economic and health problems associated with legalization here in Arizona. In recent months, our public conversation has focused on maximizing the quality of education for Arizona children so they have the best chance to fulfill their potential. Recreational marijuana presents a direct threat to that effort. The increased potency also exposes our citizens to increased health risks, higher traffic fatalities, and increased workplace danger due to impairment. While some contend legalization will bring tax benefits to the state, those alleged benefits are erased by the increased costs to the state for health care and social services.” Clearly needs to be reeducated on marijuana facts, has propaganda stances. D-
(R) Ms. Kathy Pappas Petsas-Another GOP fount of misinformation (the kind of stuff we can call LIES) Petsas told AZ Central: “While medical marijuana is legally allowed in many states, including Arizona, I do not support the legalization of recreational marijuana. The negative impacts of full legalization include escalating healthcare costs, irreversible and harmful effects on our society and most importantly the greater ease children will have access to the product.” D-
State House District 29
(D) Rep. Richard Andrade*- A hard worker for this issue, Andrade worked on positive bills and frequently met w the industry. Andrade writes, “VERY familiar with cannabis personally Strongly OPPOSES federal government policy Strongly SUPPORTS Arizona’s MMJ program WILL advocate for reducing AZ criminal penalties if elected Strongly SUPPORTS state and federal legalization/decriminalization Additional Remarks: We must ensure the Cannabis industry is protected and able to expand without undue regulations.” A
(D) Rep. Cesar Chavez*- While somewhat less active on the issue than his seat mate, Andrade, Chavez has taken multiple meetings on reform bills and voted favorably. He writes, “VERY familiar with cannabis personally – Strongly OPPOSES federal government policy – Strongly SUPPORTS Arizona’s MMJ Program – WILL advocate for reducing AZ Criminal Penalties if elected – Strongly SUPPORTS state and federal legalization/decriminalization.” Since the end of the legislative session however, Chavez has begun working w AZ-MITA (the Arizona Marijuana Industry Trade Association) to prepare for the 2019 legislative session. A+
State House District 30
(D) Sen. Robert Meza- While sending positive signs on the issue former Senator Meza interacted very little w reformers while in the Senate. However, his strong statement to AZ Central in favor of legalization is VERY encouraging: “In my legislative district 55% of my constituents voted in favor of legalization. Given numbers like that and the opportunity to fund education with taxes derived from the sale of legalized and highly regulated marijuana it will not only lower crime rates and render much of the illicit drug community without revenue but it will also enable us to further fund our students.Marijuana has been proven to be an effective treatment for many people. Legalization will enable those with medical conditions but without insurance access to this often times life saving treatment. Additionally, no one has ever died from the use of marijuana which cannot be said of many legal substances such as opiates and even alcohol.” A
(D) Ms. Raquel Teran-A Democratic party leader, Teran’s strong progressive record holds up in her statement to AZ Central on legalization: “Yes, we must regulate and tax Marijuana. It has the potential to create a large commercial sector that could grow the economy and provide jobs for the people of Arizona. Secondly it will provide a large flow of tax revenue that may help with the much needed revenue that is critical to fund social services and transportation. Third, for far to long people have been criminalized for using cannabis, thus creating a large pool of people with criminal records which makes it harder for them to find jobs, homes, and basically causing them to become second class citizens.” A
(R) Mr. Gary Spears-Taking the typical GOP wrongheaded approach on cannabis, Spears told CAP not only that he opposes legalization, but also that “This is a plague on our Society. We need to protect our children from a future where mind altering drugs are the norm.” Spears and his anti-cannabis conservatives are actually the plague we need to protect our children from. F
PHX MAYORAL CANDIDATE SCORECARD
With more than a million and a half residents, the City of Phoenix mayoral race is bigger than any two congressional districts combined. Once the City started into an effort to tax local MMJ patients, our office was flooded w requests to add the PHX Mayoral race to our voters’ guide. Here you go.
Researcher, Mike Robinette and I launched into the project with a short turn-around time: one work week. Of course, it took MUCH longer than that. Since the candidates were rushed, we did two rounds of emails and a personal call to their campaigns. Three of the four campaigns responded within the first day by phone and in deed enjoyed long complex conversations, as of the official deadline however, only one campaign had replied w a written response to our two question survey. Another round of texts, emails and phone calls ensued. I tracked down two of the candidates at public events. And, in the end only 3 of 4 responded. But in this case, the details we learned along the way were more informative than the carefully crafted replies below.
FULL DISCLOSURE Though the general election guide involved dozens of people I have known or met personally, the PHX mayoral election includes people I have worked with on political or cannabis issues over the years.
Kate Gallego and her husband, Congressman Ruben Gallego, were early mentors for my wife and I when we were candidates. We were delegates together at the 2012 DNC and socialized with them quite a bit in Charlotte six years ago. As a state legislator, Ruben Gallego had been one of the first to work with me on cannabis reform and introduced Arizona’s first legislative bill to create a taxed and regulated adult use market in 2014. While we are not close enough to be called friends, I have certainly personally supported the congressman’s work in general and especially seen him as a true ally for cannabis consumers, both at the statehouse and in Congress. Rep. Gallego is one of my go-to contacts on The Hill when I am trying to advance federal reform. He met w me in July in DC during the national NORML Conference. All that said, Congressman Gallego is not Councilwoman Gallego and we have tried to rate Ms. Gallego on her own record and public statements on the issue.
Nick Sarwark, on the other hand, was unfamiliar to me until this election season, but he is the guy doing his best to use his campaign to highlight issues in cannabis in general and especially to work on PHX’s approaches to regulating the industry. We have met several times at cannabis related political events, discussed his cannabis policies at length, and appreciated his efforts during the PHX cannabis tax crisis. His campaign not only replied to our survey but also provided supplemental documents (linked below).
Scoring The candidate’s scores are based on their track record as a public official or their public statements on cannabis and their answers to two questions. (1. What is your position on cannabis? & 2. What is your position regarding the proposed Phoenix cannabis tax?) Their campaign websites are linked to the first use of their name in each entry. High score are not endorsements. There are so many other policy positions that should be considered when picking an elected official. Our scores are based on whether they’re aiming for an ideal position on cannabis reform. When it comes to the PHX mayor’s ideal positions, they would include, but not be limited to:
- Adopting a lowest police priority ordinance to stop harassing cannabis consumers, especially medical card patients.
- Undoing some of the restrictive zoning PHX has enacted over the past several years.
- Creating a training program for city officials to educate them about the realities of medical cannabis and roll back some of the institutional stigmatization patients and consumers suffer.
- NEVER considering a 17% tax on sick people’s medication, not at a dispensary, not at a pharmacy.
It is important to keep in mind that neither of the former city council members, Gallego or Valenzuela, were on the board when Mayor Thelda Williams introduced the ill-fated tax.
Kate Gallego-Democrat: Said to be the odds-on favorite in a tight race, Gallego has an impressive record as a power politician in her own right, never mind, her congressman husband. A member of the Democratic National Committee and a PHX city council member since 2013, Kate has been a powerful force in party and city politics much of this century. Unlike Rep. Gallego, Council woman Gallego has not made many public statements on cannabis but has expressed she supports his work. Her campaign press secretary provided these answers to our survey.
- What is your position on cannabis? I have seen the benefits that medical marijuana provides to patients who could not find relief elsewhere. I want patients to be able to access treatment in Phoenix. Cities should provide rules about where dispensaries’ grow, and [other] facilities are located, just as cities do for drugstores. I believe in sentencing reform — possessing a small amount of marijuana should not put someone in jail for longer than many domestic violence crimes.
- What is your position regarding the proposed Phoenix cannabis tax? The Phoenix City Council’s action to not advance an unfair tax or fee structure on cannabis businesses and patients was the right decision. As Mayor of Phoenix, I will work with business owners and patient advocates to address this issue in an open process. If the voters choose to legalize adult use, the city needs to be at the table as revenues are discussed.
Moses Sanchez-Republican: Despite having an inspiring backstory and running as a Republican in the red state of AZ, Sanchez is trailing 3rd in the polls. He took a phone call on the very first day of our survey and spoke at length about the importance of recognizing medical marijuana as a legitimate medicine and the need to change the city’s approach to cannabis even though he does not favor full-legalization. Sanchez also made an interesting observation, noting that the same firemen who back Valenzuela so much they’re the inspiration for his uniquely designed campaign signs, those same firemen are the folks behind the proposed 17% tax. To Sanchez’s point, the firemen figured prominently in the city’s presentation justifying the tax before it was brought up and one of the presenters on the tax was the head of the fireman’s union. “Mark my words,” Sanchez said, agreeing to be quoted, “If Valenzuela gets elected, you will see that tax come back around, just watch.”
- What is your position on cannabis? I am supportive of medical marijuana, especially for veterans who suffer from PTSD.
- What is your position regarding the proposed Phoenix cannabis tax? Opposed.
Nick Sarwark-Libertarian: In addition to this mayoral run, Sarwark is also the chair of the national Libertarian Party, and a defense attorney who moved to PHX from the cannabis kingdom of Colorado. Of the four candidates, Sarwark has the greatest involvement in cannabis reform but also the lowest polling. As noted above, Sarwark has been putting in his time on cannabis reform at the city level, including challenging the previous admin at the city’s board of adjustments, a majority of whom have since been sacked after questions surfaced on their record on granting variances to cannabis businesses among other discrepancies. Sarwark’s campaign sent us statements on both the recently failed city tax (Sarwark Cannabis Tax PDF) and suggestions to improve the ways the city deals w cannabis operations in general (Sarwark Dispensary Owners and Managers PDF). This guy’s extra effort earns him extra points.
- What is your position on cannabis? I support the unrestricted use of cannabis as medication and for adult recreation. However, I would prefer to see separate and distinct markets between medicinal use and recreational sales. That way patients can get the focused and individualized care they need. As mayor, I will refocus our law enforcement officers and make cannabis possession the lowest police priority. This will free up officers to respond faster to emergency calls for service, redevelop trust within the community, and save the taxpayers millions of dollars a year.
- What is your position regarding the proposed Phoenix cannabis tax? Filling a budget gap, caused by the City Council’s failure to prioritize spending, off the medication of suffering Phoenicians is cruel and lazy. Medical dispensaries should be zoned and taxed like any other pharmacy in Phoenix. As Mayor, I will continue to fight this tax, or any tax like it.
Daniel Valenzuela-Democrat: There has been no candidate, in any race that we worked harder to survey than Daniel Valenzuela. And nobody has worked harder at avoiding going on record as to their position on cannabis in general, or on whether or not they supported a 17% tax on PHX-area MMJ patients. Repeated calls, texts, emails to him and to his campaign. A face to face in public at a big deal political event. Each of those queries got great reassurances that an answer was on the way. No answers ever came. This became even more concerning when we shared the Sanchez rumor with his campaign that Valenzuela (rumored to be Gallego’s closest challenger and a fireman’s union member himself) was being accused of being behind the cannabis tax. Still no replies. With only two questions to answer and no answers given, the only grade possible is—
2018 AZ INCUMBENT SCORECARD
Senate John McCain/Jon Kyl (R) C/D, Jeff Flake (R) D+
Congressional District 1 Tom O’Halleran (D) C-
Congressional District 2 Martha McSally (R) C-
Congressional District 3 Raul Grijalva (D) A+
Congressional District 4 Paul Gosar (R) F
Congressional District 5 Andy Biggs (R) F
Congressional District 6 David Schweikert (R) B
Congressional District 7 Ruben Gallego (D) A+
Congressional District 8 Debbie Lesko (R) C-
Congressional District 9 Kyrsten Sinema (D) B
AZ State Legislature
State Senate District 01 Karen Fann (R) C+
State Senate District 02 Andrea Dalessandro (D) A
State Senate District 03 Olivia Cajero Bedford (D) B-
State Senate District 04 Lisa Otondo (D) A
State Senate District 05 Sonny Borrelli (R) A
State Senate District 06 Sylvia Allen (R) F
State Senate District 07 Jamescita Peshlakai (D) B-
State Senate District 08 Franklin Pratt (R) C-
State Senate District 09 Steve Farley (D) B-
State Senate District 10 David Bradley (D) A-
State Senate District 11 Steve Smith (R) C+
State Senate District 12 Warren Petersen (R) D+
State Senate District 13 Sine Kerr (R) new to Senate, positions unknown
State Senate District 14 Gail Griffin (R) D
State Senate District 15 Nancy Barto (R) D
State Senate District 16 David Farnsworth (R) D+
State Senate District 17 Steven Yarbrough (R) D
State Senate District 18 Sean Bowie (D) C+
State Senate District 19 Lupe Contreras (D) B
State Senate District 20 Kimberly Yee (R) F
State Senate District 21 Sen. Rick Gray (R) C+
State Senate District 22 Judy Burges (R) D
State Senate District 23 John Kavanagh (R) F
State Senate District 24 Katie Hobbs (D) C-
State Senate District 25 Bob Worsley (R) D+
State Senate District 26 Juan Mendez (D) A+
State Senate District 27 Catherine Miranda (D) C+
State Senate District 28 Kate Brophy McGee (R) C
State Senate District 29 Martin Quezada (D) A
State Senate District 30 Robert Meza (D) B
State House District 01 Noel Campbell (R) D-, David Stringer (R) C
State House District 02 Rep. Rosana Gabaldon (R) A, Daniel Hernandez (D) B+
State House District 03 Macario Saldate (D) A-, Sally Gonzales (D) B-
State House District 04 Charlene Fernandez (D) A-, Geraldine Peten (D) B
State House District 05 Paul Mosley (R) C, Regina Cobb (R) D+
State House District 06 Bob Thorpe (R) F, Brenda Barton (R) F
State House District 07 Eric Descheenie (D) B-, Wenona Benally (D) B-
State House District 08 David Cook (R) C, T.J. Shope (R) B-
State House District 09 Randall Friese (D) B, Pamela Powers Hannley (D) A+
State House District 10 Kirsten Engel (D) B, Todd Clodfelter (R) A
State House District 11 Vince Leach (R) F, Mark Finchem (R) D
State House District 12 Travis Grantham (R), B- Eddie Farnsworth (R) F
State House District 13 Rep. Timothy Dunn (R), B- Darin Mitchell (R) C
State House District 14 Drew John (R) D, Becky Nutt (R) D
State House District 15 Heather Carter (R) D-, John Allen (R) D+
State House District 16 Doug Coleman (R) D, Kelly Townsend (R) F
State House District 17 Jeff Weninger (R) C, J.D. Mesnard (R) D-
State House District 18 Jill Norgaard (R) C, Mitzi Epstein (D) C-
State House District 19 Diego Espinoza (D) A, Mark Cardenas (D) A+
State House District 20 Anthony Kern (R) D, Paul Boyer (R) F
State House District 21 Tony Rivero (R) B-, Kevin Payne (R) A
State House District 22 David Livingston (R) C-, Ben Toma (R) C+
State House District 23 Michelle Ugenti-Rita (R) C-, Jay Lawrence (R) C+
State House District 24 Lela Alston (D) A-, Ken Clark (D) A-
State House District 25 Michelle Udall (R) C-, Russell Bowers (R) D+
State House District 26 Isela Blanc (D) B+, Athena Salman (D) A
State House District 27 Rebecca Rios (D) B+, Reginald Bolding (D) B-
State House District 28 Maria Syms (R) D, Kelli Butler (D) B+
State House District 29 Cesar Chavez (D) A-, Richard Andrade (D) A+
State House District 30 Otoniel Navarrete (D) B-, Ray Martinez (D) A