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New lawmaker profile: Sen. Don Shooter, R-Yuma

Sen. Don Shooter, R-Yuma

Sen. Don Shooter, R-Yuma

Name: Don Shooter

Chamber: Senate

Party: Republican

Profession: Real estate development and farming.

Hometown: Yuma

Legislative District: No. 24, which borders Mexico and California south of Lake Havasu City.

Committee Assignments: Appropriations; Natural Resources and Transportation; Veterans and Military Affairs; Water, Land Use and Rural Development (vice-chair); Appropriations Subcommittee on Rural Issues, Education and Natural Resources (chair).

Previous or Current Elected Offices: Yuma Tea Party, chairman.

Highlights of Community Involvement: None.

Why She Ran: “I was a write-in candidate. Phil Townsend called me up one day, who is the chairman of the Republican party, and he said, ‘Nobody’s going to run against Amanda [Aguirre].’ I was furious.””

Her Focus: “Dismantling government as we know it. I think there’s a place for government, but I think we’ve gone way too far. We’ve forgotten about consent of the governed.’”

A Bill: SB 1412 is aimed at reducing voter fraud by restricting who is allowed to be in possession of another person’s ballot. It would make it a class 5 felony to tamper with any ballot.

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Reporting by Heather Billings, Cronkite News Service

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