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Rep. Brenda Barton, Rep. Chester Crandell and Bob Thorpe at last week’s Payson Tea Party meeting.

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Republicans sweep state, congressional legislative seats

Republicans Tuesday appeared to have swept the three state Legislative District 6 seats representing Rim Country with victories for Rep. Chester Crandell in the senate and both Rep. Brenda Barton and Bob Thorpe in the state house. Northern Gila County provided the three Republicans with big margins, overcoming Flagstaff-based challenges from Rep. Tom Chabin in the Senate and Angela LeFevre and Doug Ballard in the house. The newly drawn district boundaries provided the Republicans with a registration edge, but the population distribution would seem to have given the Flagstaff-based Democrats a fighting chance.

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GOP candidates oppose school tax, favor state takeover

District 6 contenders urge Payson crowd to defeat Prop. 204 and embrace Prop. 120

Voters should reject a one-cent sales tax for education and highways, but embrace a ballot measure attempt to take over federal lands in Arizona.


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