Legislative District 16

Nov 8, 2022

Incumbent Sen. T.J. Shope gains major lead over Kerby

Preliminary election night results show that Sen. T.J. Shope, R-Coolidge, is falling behind his Democrat challenger Taylor Kerby. 

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Nov 8, 2022

Incumbent Martinez leading in LD16 House race; Democrat newcomer barely trails Hudelson

The single-shot Democratic state House candidate in Legislative District 16 lost his lead to both Republican opponents by Wednesday morning. Incumbent Rep. Teresa Martinez, R-Casa Grande, currently leads the district with 36.66% of the district’s votes as of 10:30 a.m. Her running mate Rob Hudelson received 31.76% and Democratic newcomer Keith Seaman, just trails Hudelson with 31.57%.

Aug 28, 2018

Former lawmaker John Fillmore on his way back to Capitol

Former Rep. John Fillmore, a one-term lawmaker from Apache Junction who served from 2011-12, could be returning to the state Capitol.

Aug 30, 2016

Coleman, Townsend cruise to victory in LD16

Republicans Rep. Kelly Townsend and Rep. Doug Coleman coasted to easy victories in the Legislative District 16 House GOP primary.

Jul 18, 2016

Rep. Coleman changes mind, shakes up House race in District 16

The Republican primary for two House seats in the East Valley’s Legislative District 16 claimed two victims before it even got started.

Jul 15, 2016

Legislative candidate targeted over Jewish faith

A legislative candidate woke up Friday to an anti-Semitic hate message and a pair of swastikas spray-painted on his driveway and on a campaign sign in his yard.

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Aug 26, 2014

Reps. Townsend, Coleman heading toward re-election in LD16

Republican Rep. Kelly Townsend is leading the pack in the Legislative District 16 GOP primary and Republican Rep. Doug Coleman is beating back former lawmaker John Fillmore for the district’s second House seat.

Sep 23, 2013

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New lawmakers could change dynamics of Senate

Two new lawmakers arrived at the Legislature this summer to fill vacancies in the Arizona Senate, potentially altering the dynamics of a chamber that left the Capitol bitterly divided on the issue of Medicaid expansion.

Sep 7, 2013

Farnsworth, Fillmore and Townsend nominated as next LD16 state senator

GOP leaders in Maricopa County selected Republicans Dave Farnsworth, John Fillmore and Rep. Kelly Townsend as nominees to serve as the next state senator in Legislative District 16. The slate of nominees will be forwarded to the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, which will select one of three to replace former Sen. Rich Crandall.

Aug 29, 2012

Crandall holds off Fillmore in East Valley race

Rep. John Fillmore, an Apache Junction legislator with Tea Party leanings, has conceded defeat in his race against Sen. Rich Crandall, a low-key but influential member of the “mainstream” wing of the GOP caucus.

The tally has yet to be completed, but Fillmore said he doesn’t think he can catch up.

Aug 28, 2012

Coleman, Townsend win in LD16 House contest

Former Apache Junction Mayor Doug Coleman and Tea Party candidate Kelly Townsend of Mesa took the lead in a four-way House Republican primary Tuesday in House Legislative District 16.

Jul 17, 2012

Fillmore calls for Crandall’s ouster, despite history of defending disgraced ex-lawmakers

Rep. John Fillmore has defended a former lawmaker who was accused of domestic violence. And he’s asked the courts to be lenient on another legislator who was convicted of defrauding a children’s charity.

But the Apache Junction Republican says his political challenger, Sen. Rich Crandall, should be subject to an ethics trial, removed from his committee chairmanship and ultimately oust[...]