House Candidate Gets Push From Gop Leaders

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Sylvia Tenney Allen, a candidate for the Arizona House of Representatives from District Five, recently received a boost from a Republican leadership group. More than 20 members of the Arizona Republican Assembly visited Payson to campaign for the Heber-Overgaard resident, and for Linda O'Dell of Pine, who is running for the office of Superintendent of Gila County Schools.

The group, which included six legislators, knocked on doors all around town. The legislators participating were John Allen, Andy Biggs, Eddie Farnsworth, Chuck Gray, Karen Johnson and Russell Pearce, all from the Mesa and East Valley area. Also participating was former legislator Barbara Blewster, who is now president of the Arizona Republican Assembly, which calls itself the Ronald Reagan branch of the Republicans or Constitutional Republicans.

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Legislators and Republican leaders swept into Payson last week campaigning for Sylvia Allen, who is seeking election to the Dist. 5 House seat, and Linda O'Dell, candidate for Gila County School Superintendent. Visiting homes around town for Allen and O'Dell were (back, from left) Jim Pinkerman, Charlie Powell, Dinah Lundell, Reed Flake, and (seated, from left) Karen Johnson, Russell Pearce and Barbara Blewster.

"Sylvia is an outstanding Republican in the tradition of being pro-life and a strong fiscal conservative," Blewster said. "She will support (the) Republican leadership as they stand for a budget that will be within state revenues."

"We need some more people who are willing to say no," Pearce said.

"She has the spine and courage to do what's right," Johnson added.

The group believes Allen will bring her knowledge of forest issues and property rights for miners, cattlemen, farmers and lumbermen to the Legislature.

The campaign group divided into nine teams, with each team visiting about 150 homes last Wednesday.

Johnson said there were people at home at about half the houses they visited.

"Everyone was so congenial and nice," she said.

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