Legislative District 14 candidates

June 06, 2014 10:00 am

One of the three races for Legislative District 14 has unofficially been decided.

With no formal opposition in either the August primary or the November general elections, LD14 Sen. Gail Griffin has essentially secured another term in the Legislature.

Griffin, a Republican, was first elected to the seat in 2011 and served in the House prior to her time in the Senate. LD14 encompasses Cochise and Greenlee counties as well as a part of Pima and Graham counties.

For the two seats in the House, incumbent Reps. David Gowan and David Stevens will face a primary challenger from fellow Republican Susan Syfert, a small-business owner in Safford.

In November, Democrat James Burton, a prop and set builder from Sierra Vista, will vie for one of the two seats against the two Republican candidates.

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  • Age: 70.

    Employer and position: State senator.

    Education: Attended George Wythe College.

    Political experience: State senator; former state representative.

    Top priority: Create jobs, better budgeting, water rights, get more funding into the classroom.

  • Age: 44.

    Employer and position: State representative.

    Education: Bachelor’s in social studies, University of Arizona.

    Political experience: State representative.

    Top priority: Keep Arizona’s economy growing; keep state’s fiscal house in order.

  • Age: (Did not respond to survey.)

    Employer and position: State representative.

    Education: Bachelor’s in computer information systems.

    Political experience: State representative.

    Top priority: (Did not respond to survey.)

  • Age: 65.

    Employer and position: Small business owner, Arizona Frameworks/Awesome Yarns.

    Education: Associate’s in theology, Peoples Bible College.

    Political experience: Never held elected office; volunteered for political campaigns; served as a precinct committee person.

    Top priority: Jobs, education and health care.

  • Age: 63.

    Employer and position: Prop, set builder.

    Education: High school graduate.

    Political experience: Never held elected office.

    Top Priority: Fix state educational system, create jobs, improve rural health care.

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