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10/10/2012 9:50:00 PM
Profiles of the LD1 Senate seat candidates
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The Legislative District 1 Senate seat didn't have a primary race, but now incumbent Republican Arizona Senate President Steve Pierce will face Independent Tom Rawles in the Nov. 6 general.

The newly drawn LD1 now includes part of the Valley of the Sun, but excludes a portion of the Verde Valley.

The winners of the two LD1 House seats were decided in the primary. Incumbents Andy Tobin and Karen Fann won.

Following is some basic biographical information about the two Senate candidates.


Steve Pierce

Age: 62

Party, for how long: Republican all of adult life.

Birthplace: Phoenix.

Years in Legislative District 1/Arizona: Rural Prescott since 1963; prior to that, raised on a Scottsdale farm; third-generation Arizonan.

Occupation: Rancher, Arizona Senate president.

Political experience: Four years in Arizona Senate; member of Arizona Republican Party executive committee 2002-2008; Yavapai County Republican Party chair 2001-03.

Other experience: Business experience includes owning/managing ranch and commercial rental properties.

Education: Bachelor's in animal science from University of Arizona.

Top 3 issues facing district: Jobs, economy and healthcare.

Why are you running for this office? "I'm there to make a difference for this state and represent rural Arizona. We don't have a voice."


Tom Rawles

Age: 62

Party, for how long: Independent for about three years; Republican most of previous years; was Libertarian for a short time.

Birthplace: Healdsburg, Calif.

Years in Legislative District 1/Arizona: Resident of Carefree for last four years; in Arizona since 1972.

Occupation: Semi-retired criminal defense attorney.

Political experience: Maricopa County Board of Supervisors 1993-96; Mesa City Council 2004-08; U.S. Rep. Jay Rhodes (Az-1) chief of staff 1987-89.

Education: Bachelor's in economics from Willamette University; law degree from Arizona State University.

Top 3 issues facing district: The country's two-party system has failed; the state government budget process needs more public input; and the government wastes millions on a failed policy against marijuana.

Why are you running for this office? The two-party system lacks thought and analysis. People need another option that is non-partisan and offers a rational approach.

Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, October 11, 2012
Article comment by: Threepence Imps

It's time for better representation in LD1. We'll get that by voting for Rawles instead of Pierce.

Pierce, while campaigning a few months ago, told constituents that I know which end of a cow gets up first..

That's great Steve.

You also know how to give your rancher buddies and yourself tax breaks which shift your tax burden onto others. You did so by fast tracking your special interest legislation before a financial impact statement was released, that once released, clearly showed that it was a tax shift.

Rancher welfare.

Just what our district needs, Steve.

Vote Rawles!

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