Legislative District 17

Sep 5, 2023

Wadsack recall effort fails

A group aiming to recall Sen. Justine Wadsack, R-Tucson, failed to collect enough signatures by today’s filing deadline, and ultimately did not turn in their signatures to the secretary of state.  

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Mar 27, 2023

Wadsack recall effort underway

Freshman Sen. Justine Wadsack, R-Tucson, is facing a burgeoning recall effort led by her constituents in Legislative District 17 and out-of-district organizers frustrated by controversial bills and colorful comments.

Aug 30, 2022

Judge rules Wadsack stays on ballot in LD17

A Pima County judge denied a request by friends of Sen. Vince Leach, R-Tucson, to knock GOP Senate nominee Justine Wadsack off the general election ballot on Monday. 

Dec 17, 2020

LD17 – thin victory margins and a tie

Out in the Southeast Valley, the Loop 202 freeway is often seen as a political compass. To the north of it is dense with Democratic voters; to the south, suburbs that start with a kiss of GOP pink but soon deepen to a solid red.

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Oct 21, 2020

Democratic money dwarfs Republican spending

A handful of Democratic legislative candidates bolstered by out-of-state funders broke Arizona campaign finance records with just two weeks to go before the election. Democrats in swing districts pulled in six figures while their incumbent Republican opponents struggled to keep up, the third-quarter campaign finance reports filed late last week showed. Independent spending for Democrats […]

Oct 16, 2020

Big bucks, negative ads besiege LD17 Senate race

With just over two weeks to go before the election, incumbent Republican Sen. J.D. Mesnard, Democratic challenger Ajlan Kurdoglu and outside groups have already spent a combined $1.7 million, most of that from deep-pocketed national Democratic organizations intent on flipping the Arizona Legislature.

Oct 9, 2020

In LD20, Democrats see road to power

Republicans maintain a roughly 5,000-voter advantage. Surmountable, sure, but the outcome is hardly set in stone. They say they believe they are better prepared than they were in 2018, when the Democrats surged to a 29-31 split in the House, propelled by voters activated by education and the Red for Ed movement.

Sep 25, 2020

Decade of Dem gains sets stage for nail-biter legislative races

House and Senate seats have only flipped when fewer than 10 percentage points separate voter registration numbers for the two major parties. This year, that holds true in nine districts.

Dec 15, 2010

Walking the green mile with Green Party candidate Gregor Knauer

Bringing a whole new meaning to back-door politics, Gregor Knauer agreed to run for office while standing in the alley behind his Tempe home.

Sep 13, 2010

May withdraws from House race in LD17

Former lawmaker Steve May announced Sept. 13 he is terminating his campaign for the House in Legislative District 17. May got on the November ballot after winning a spot in the primary as a write-in candidate. His presence as a Republican in the swing district that spans Tempe and Scottsdale posed a threat to two Democratic challengers.

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Sep 7, 2010

May’s DUI is but one ‘skeleton’ this election season

This is the time when the skeletons come out, and we’re not talking about Halloween. With election season in full swing, reporters and political operatives are looking into the backgrounds of candidates for public office and finding criminal convictions, bankruptcies, unpaid bills and any other kinds of embarrassments. Republican Steve May, former state legislator and […]