When Rep. Doris Goodale declined to run for re-election to focus on her recovery from a 2013 stroke, four Republicans lined up to replace her. But none of them are in the mold of Goodale, a moderate Republican who supported Medicaid expansion and the Common Core education standards.
Goodale’s seatmate in northwestern Arizona’s Legislative District 5, Republican Rep. Sonny Borrelli, is running for a second term at the Legislature and holds a strong lead over the challengers with 35 percent of the vote so far.
Trailing far behind Borrelli for the second seat is Regina Cobb, a former Kingman Chamber of Commerce president, who has received 21 percent of the vote, with early ballots and 60 percent of precincts counted. Bullhead City Councilman Sam Medrano has 17 percent of the vote, and is less than 1,000 votes behind Cobb.
Online magazine publisher Jennifer Jones is in fourth, with 15 percent of the vote.
George Schnittgrund, who came in fourth in the district’s four-way GOP primary in 2012, is again last, with 11 percent of the vote.
Cobb spent $32,000 on her campaign and Medrano spent less than $24,000 as of the Aug. 14 campaign finance report. Borrelli spent less than $13,000, but was boosted by $12,000 in outside spending on her behalf.
Schnittgrund spent less than $3,000 on his campaign, while Jones promised not to spend more than $500 on the campaign.
The winners of the GOP primary will face Democrats Joseph Longoria and Beth Weisser in the general election, although the Democrats don’t have much hope of winning. Registered Republicans outnumber Democrats more than two-to-one in the district, which covers the western portion of the state including Kingman, Lake Havasu City and Quartzite.
Sen. Kelli Ward, R-Lake Havasu City, ran unopposed in her bid to return for a second term in the Senate, and faces no challenge in the November election.