Davis, Fann file for legislative races

Chip Davis, left, and Karen Fann

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Chip Davis, left, and Karen Fann

PRESCOTT – State Rep. Karen Fann and Yavapai County Supervisor A.G. “Chip” Davis announced Monday they have filed the required signatures to run for the state Legislature.

Davis is seeking election to one of two seats in the House of Representatives, currently filled by Fann and Rep. Noel Campbell.

Fann will not seek re-election as a representative, and instead will run for the state Senate in an effort to replace Sen. Steve Pierce, who announced he will not seek another term.

Davis reported he filed 2,195 signatures – more than triple the minimum requirement. He said his campaign will continue to collect signatures until June 1, the last day to file petitions with the Arizona Secretary of State.

“I’ve met so many wonderful people through the petition signing process and am looking forward to a robust campaign and to serving the people of Legislative District 1,” Davis said. “I am very thankful for the many volunteers who have given so generously of their time to circulate petitions on my behalf.”

He’s a fourth-generation Arizonan, and his campaign news release points out his parents still raise cattle on his great-grandparents’ homestead west of the Bradshaw Mountains.

Davis was first elected to the Board of Supervisors in 1996.

Fann’s campaign filed 1,260 signatures.

Her campaign touted the various awards she has received while in office. She has been chairwoman of the House Transportation Committee; the House Insurance Committee; the House County and Municipal Affairs Committee; and the House Agriculture, Water and Lands Committee.

“With her 30-year business background, the majority of the bills she sponsors pertain to economic development, reduction in government regulation, reducing fraud in (workers’ compensation) and unemployment insurance, and job creation,” her campaign wrote in a news release.

Fann was first elected to the House in 2011, and previously served as Mayor of Chino Valley and on the Prescott City Council prior to that.