PRESCOTT - David Stringer announced his election bid for the state House of Representatives on Friday, Dec. 4.
The announcement means sitting Yavapai County Supervisor Chip Davis, incumbent Rep. Noel Campbell and Stringer could face off in a three-way election next fall.
Campbell's seatmate, Rep. Karen Fann previously announced she will seek the state Senate seat for District 1 being vacated by Steve Pierce.
All three candidates for the state House of Representatives have until June 1, 2016, to file partisan signatures with the Secretary of State's office. For Republicans in Legislative District 1, the minimum number of signatures is 606.
Stringer, a self-described "conservative businessman," has owned and operated the Comfort Inn on White Spar Road in Prescott since 2004.
He has been a Republican precinct committeeman and state committeeman, and currently is a co-chairman of the county GOP's finance committee.
Stringer is a known tax watchdog in Yavapai County, having founded the Yavapai County Tax Committee and organizing opposition that helped to defeat the county's 2014 jail sales tax election and the City of Prescott's 2015 pension sales tax.
Stringer pointed out he's not purely a tax opponent and supported Prescott Unified School District's most recent override after having opposed one in 2013. He continued his opposition to the district's proposed bond.
He promised to "protect the taxpayers and families of the district, provide an effective voice for a district that largely consists of Yavapai County and the Anthem community in Maricopa County."
He also committed to enhancing the state's economy, with a focus on rural communities.
"With the sheer number of Maricopa County legislators already in the Arizona Legislature, districts like ours need representatives who can work together to be effective in terms of generating real results." Stringer said.
Among his other priorities, he listed increasing employment, fighting illegal immigration, expanding school choice, state pension reform, and improving transportation infrastructure.
Stringer is a member of the Arizona Bar Association, the Yavapai County Bar Association, the Goldwater Institute and the Federalist Society.
He is the former president of the Prescott Area Lodging Association, served on the Mayor's Tourism Advisory Committee, was a founding board member of the Prescott Area Women's Shelter, and served on the board of Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters. He currently serves on the board of trustees of the Sharlot Hall Museum and Prescott Historical Society and is a member of Prescott's Planning and Zoning Commission.
He graduated from George Washington University and the University of Baltimore School of Law and is enrolled in a master's degree program at Arizona State University.
Campaign officers include Manager Sharon Walter, Treasurer John Stevens and Communications Director Matthew Perry.