Monday, June 5, 2017

Steve Farley announces run for governor (and scuttlebutt on other races)

Carolyn Classen (Blog for Arizona) relays the invitation to LD 9 State Senator Steve Farley’s “exciting announcement” for Governor.

“Save the date! June 5. Come join us and several very special guests to hear an exciting announcement from Senator Steve Farley. Come join us for refreshments and to hear Steve and special guests speak about the future of Arizona!”

Doors open at 5:30 p.m., at Arizona Inn, 2200 E. Elm St. in Tucson. Event from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

RSVP via FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/250667338670455/

Carolyn’s note: Steve has been in the State Senator in LD 9 since elected in Nov. 2012, and prior to that in the State House since Nov. 2006. He is a Tucson graphic artist and also previously ran unsuccessfully for Tucson City Council. He will be challenged by ASU Professor Dr. David Garcia (and others?) in the Dem. primary for Governor of Arizona in August, 2018. Incumbent one-term Governor Doug Ducey, a Republican, was elected in Nov. 2014, and was the Arizona State Treasurer for one term prior to that.

Larry Bodine at Blog for Arizona reports on Farley’s run for Governor and other races in Farley Kicks Off Bid for Governor with 3-Point Plan for Education

At a jam-packed invitation-only fundraiser on Saturday, Farley said he was confident he could be incumbent, Goldwater Institute-backed Gov. Doug Ducey.

Introduced by former Congressman Ron Barber, Farley outlined a three-point plan to restore education funding in Arizona:

A K–12 system that is a foundation for opportunity system for all Arizonans, second to none.

A university system that’s strengthened, not cut.

A community college system that’s a lifelong institution for training and retraining.

Farley said the funding will come from closing 331 corporate tax loopholes that are in the sales tax code, which now bleed $13.7 billion a year from the state general fund.

Scuttlebutt:

Former Arizona state Representative Victoria Steele, who served for four years, will run for Farley’s vacant Senate seat. She is NOT running again for Congress.

Arizona state Representative Randall “Randy” Friese is considering a run against US Senator Jeff Flake. He is a Democratic member representing District 9 in Tucson.

There are 9 Democrats vying to run against Martha McSally
In alphabetical order they are:
Matt Heinz – Ex-State Rep., Physician & ’12/’16 Candidate
Lou Jordan – Retired USAF Colonel
Ann Kirkpatrick – Ex-Congresswoman, Ex-State Rep., Ex-Sedona City Attorney & ’16 US Sen. Nominee
Billy Kovacs – Hotel Manager & Marketing Consultant
Jeff Latas – Airline Pilot, Businessman, USAF Veteran, Democratic Activist & ’06 Candidate
Mary Sally Matiella – Ex-US Asst. Army Secretary & Accountant
Joshua Polacheck – Ex-US Foreign Service Officer
Charlie Verdin – Businessman
Bruce Wheeler – Ex-State Rep.

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