August 23, 2012
Chester Crandell and Tom Chabin
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National study raises stakes in struggle over ballot measure to extend sales tax for schools
The fierce struggle centered on a ballot measure to extend a one-cent sales tax to benefit K-12 schools continued this week in the shadow of a report showing the Arizona Legislature cut education more deeply during the recession than any other state.
The primaries for the one state senator and two state representatives who will represent Rim Country passed with hardly a ripple. But watch out for the general election, when three Democrats and three Republicans will face off in a district so completely redrawn that no one has the clear advantage of incumbency. Moreover, although Republicans have the edge in state legislative District 4, registration numbers give the three Democrats a fighting chance. The state senate contest will match two legislative incumbents, thrown into transformed districts by the redistricting process. In the Nov. 4 contest for the single state senate seat, state Rep. Tom Chabin (D-Flagstaff) will face off against Rep. Chester Crandell (R-Heber).
The primaries for the state senate seat representing Rim Country qualified as boring – with one candidate from each party in the running.