Legislative District 4 candidates

June 05, 2014 12:00 am

In state Legislative District 4, only a single Democratic candidate will be eliminated in the primary in August.

A three-way race for the two seats in the House of Representatives has two Democrats: Administrative assistant Charlene Fernandez and San Luis council member Jose Suarez will face LD4 Rep. Lisa Otondo in the primary.

Current LD4 Rep. Juan Carlos Escamilla is not seeking another term.

The two Democrats to emerge from the primary will face insurance agent Richard Hopkins, a Republican, in the general election.

The expansive district, which reaches all the way to Yuma, will also have Republican Connie Uribe, a retired surgeon, challenging LD4 Sen. Lynne Pancrazi in the general election.

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  • Age: 60

    Employer and position: State senator

    Education: Bachelor’s in physical education, Point Loma Nazarene College; master’s in elementary education, Northern Arizona University

    Political experience: State senator, former state representative

    Top priority: Increase funding for public education, attract quality jobs,improve transportation

  • Age: 67

    Employer and position: Consultant, retired surgeon

    Education: Bachelor’s degree, University of Arizona; medical doctorate, University of Arizona

    Political experience: Never held elected office, helped with husband’s Superior Court races

    Top priority: Ensure legislation neither violates the rights of the electorate nor the sovereignty of the state

  • Age: 59

    Employer and position: Administrative assistant, Geotechnical Testing Services, a division of Arviso Engineering

    Education: Associate degree, Arizona Western College, bachelor’s in elementary education, Northern Arizona University

    Political experience: Board member, Yuma Union High School Governing Board

    Top priorities: Education and the economy

  • Age: 53

    Employer and position: Current state representative, former public school teacher at Crane Middle School in Yuma, real estate agent at Century 21 Action Group

    Education: Master’s in international public administration, bachelor’s in international policy studies from the Monterey Institute of International Studies

    Political experience: Current state representative

    Top priority: Quality public education, economic growth and job creation

  • Age: 50

    Employer and position: Self- employed, personal financial representative

    Education: Some college, University of Baja California

    Political experience: City Council member, San Luis

    Top priorities: Economic development, education

  • Age: 59

    Employer and position: Insurance agent, Powers-Leavitt Insurance Agency

    Education: Attended Northern Arizona University

    Political experience: School board member, Buckeye Elementary School Board

    Top priorities: Education funding, economic development, public safety

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