Name: Karen Fann
Chamber: House of Representatives
Profession: Business owner, highway signage and guardrail installation.
Legislative District: No. 1, which reaches from the southern portion of the Grand Canyon National Park south to Prescott and east to Winslow (excluding Flagstaff).
Committee Assignments: Energy and Natural Resources; Environment; Transportation.
Previous or Current Elected Offices: Prescott city council member; Chino Valley mayor; Upper Verde River Watershed Protection Coalition, chair; Central Yavapai Metropolitan Planning Organization, chair; Yavapai County Contractors Association, president.
Highlights of Community Involvement: Talk radio host specializing in dissecting issues for her listeners, 4-H.
Why She Ran: “With Lucy Mason being termed out and retiring, that left that seat open. I had a number of people that came to me and said, ‘Lucy’s termed out, and we really need somebody strong down at the state Capitol to help move things forward; that understands municipal governments and the needs of our municipalities and our citizens.’”
Her Focus: “Let’s get people back to work. Let’s get the budget balanced again. Let’s get the state back on track. And once we do that, we can seriously say, ‘Now we have the resources, we’ve got people paying their mortgages again, and we can start tackling some of the other bigger problems that need to be tackled.’”
A Bill: A primary sponsor of HB 2416, which would require women to see an ultrasound and listen to a fetus’ heartbeat before receiving an abortion.
Reporting by Heather Billings, Cronkite News Service