Sen. Olivia Cajero Bedford will return to the Arizona Capitol for her seventh consecutive term as she defended her Senate seat against primary challenger Sal Baldenegro.
Cajero Bedford, a Tucson Democrat who has been a staple at the Capitol since her election to the House in 2002, has a late lead in Legislative District 3 Senate primary — with 95 percent of precincts reporting, Cajero Bedford leads with 59 percent of the vote to Baldenegro’s 41 percent.
Baldenegro frequently criticized his incumbent opponent for her remarks in an April meeting of the Senate Democratic Caucus, when she told then-Sen. Steve Gallardo to “act more gay” just weeks after Gallardo disclosed his sexual orientation to the Capitol community.
The hiccup was not be enough to unseat Cajero Bedford, who is unopposed in the general election.
Cajero Bedford has served in the Senate since 2011 after reaching her term limit in the House.
The district’s two House members, Democrats Sally Ann Gonzales and Macario Saldate, are unopposed in the primary and general elections, ensuring their return to the Capitol for their third terms.
The district covers Tucson’s west side and leans heavily Democratic.