Republicans sweep LD-1 races
Yavapai County's Republican candidates had no trouble beating their Democratic opponents in the Legislative District One races for the Senate and House Tuesday.
Prescott rancher Steve Pierce will be the only new face in the three-member LD-1 delegation. He beat incumbent Republican Tom O'Halleran of Sedona in the September primary, running on a platform of being more conservative.
"I've been down there (at the state capitol) two days a week for the last four or five weeks," Pierce said. "I want to hit the ground running."
Pierce will join incumbent Republican House members Lucy Mason of Prescott and Andy Tobin of Paulden.
"I'm looking forward to working with Steve," Tobin said, noting his experience as a business owner and rancher with knowledge about water issues. The Legislature especially needs a voice for ranching after the loss of the late Jake Flake, Tobin added.
Pierce took 61 percent of the LD-1 vote compared to Democrat Pat Chancerelle's 39 percent. The Republican-dominated district includes most of Yavapai and part of Coconino County.
Chancerelle suffered a third-degree burn on her leg early in the general election cycle Sept. 22 and was unable to do much campaigning.
In the LD-1 House race, Mason garnered 38.5 percent of the votes, Tobin got 36 percent and Democrat Dennis Grittner had 25 percent.
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