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Republican trio squares off in Legislative District 1 race

The Daily Courier is publishing biographical information about all the candidates for the 1st Congressional District and Legislative District One who are facing competition in the primary election.The newspaper also is running candidates' answers to several questions.Only Republicans are facing primary election competition in the LD1 (House) and CD1 races. Two seats are available in the LD1 House race.Early voting starts July 29 and the primary election day is Aug. 24.***Noel Campbell said he's running for a Legislative District One seat in the Arizona House of Representatives because Republican voters need choices.Without him in the race, there would be no primary competition for the two seats.And with a primary race, all the candidates work harder to get votes, he said.Campbell also said he ran this year and four years ago because he has dedicated his life to public service and he's always been interested in politics.Campbell is the only Clean Elections candidate in the LD1 Republican House primary. Clean Elections candidates cannot take campaign contributions outside their original $5 qualifying contributions."One thing I think ruins politicians is money," he said. He doesn't believe in taking money from special interests and he plans to donate his legislative salary to local charities. He noted he already gets pensions from his federal government jobs, and he's not looking for another career."I was asked not to run," he said, noting he's not active in the Republican Party.Campbell said he has a unique perspective from decades of work along the U.S.-Mexico border, and that can help with the immigration issues in the forefront of Arizona politics right now. He speaks Spanish fluently.***Karen Fann says she's an accidental politician who never really planned to run for office.Each time she ended up in political jobs in Prescott and Chino Valley, others urged her to do so.It all started with the Prescott City Council, which needed someone to fill out a term being vacated. Her employees sent her resume and the council picked her.When she moved to Chino Valley, council members there asked her to fill a vacancy, too. Then they picked her as mayor and convinced her to stay after CV politics became less controversial and repeated recall elections came to an end.She also wanted to provide continuity during negotiations for water supplies and a new water system.When she and her husband sold their horse farm they were going to live next to Prescott's golf course only temporarily while they looked for a CV building site, but then her husband ended up enjoying the golf course home so much they decided to stay.Once again, people asked her to run for office, this time for the state Legislature, she said. They believed she would help get the budget back on track."I never planned on a career in politics," she said. But people keep asking her to run, "so I guess it means I'm doing a good job."***Arizona House Majority Whip Andy Tobin was seriously considering running for Congress this year instead of a third term in the state House, but he felt he could do the most public good by pushing through his jobs bill.The Legislature wrapped up its 2010 session three months ago, but Tobin still spends most days in Phoenix working on his jobs bill and other legislative issues."There's so much going on this year at the capitol," Tobin said. "I couldn't bring myself to leave the state Legislature when the biggest issues of the day are being debated."He's working 10-15 hours a week on the bill to create new Arizona jobs. "People working helps solve a lot of problems in a hurry," he said.The majority whip also spends a lot of time tracking and strategizing about the state budget, as well as helping members with committee meetings and upcoming bills, he said. And he's campaigning for rural legislators.The poor economy has forced legislators to make major cuts in the state budget the last few years, and they expect to do it again next year.But voters will have a lot more to do with next year's budget, noted Tobin, because the shape of the budget will depend a lot on several referendums the Legislature put on the ballot this fall.
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