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Republicans Campbell, Stringer advance to General Election ballot in LD1

Noel Campbell, left, and David Stringer

Noel Campbell, left, and David Stringer

Prescott’s two Republican incumbents in the Arizona House of Representatives appear to be on their way to the General Election to face two Democratic challengers.

By late Tuesday night, Aug. 28, unofficial results indicated that State Reps. Noel Campbell and David Stringer were outdistancing their Republican opponent Jodi Rooney by double-digit percentages in the primary race for the Republican nomination.

The Republican nomination for the Arizona House of Representatives was the only contested race in the primary for the Prescott-area Legislative District 1.

By about 9 p.m., Rooney had conceded the race.

“At this point, I should say, unfortunately, I should call the race,” Rooney said. “At least that’s what the numbers are telling me with 97 percent of the precincts counted.”

She added: “I have always strived to be a public servant. Whether or not I get a seat, I will continue to do so. I love where we live and the citizens and the professional people I work with. This is a good opportunity. We worked really hard, we’ve run a good clean race and I’m very proud of that.”

Campbell was the clear winner Tuesday, with 43 percent of the vote to Stringer’s 36 percent and Rooney’s 21 percent.

The two-time incumbent said his past record in the House likely helped him in his ongoing bid for another term.

“I think the voters know me,” Campbell said late Tuesday. He cited his work on issues such as sober-living-home regulations and the public safety pension system as areas where he has made his mark in the Legislature.

Campbell and Stringer worked together on a number of issues in the past term, and Campbell said he supported his colleague in the primary race, noting, “David’s a very conservative guy, and he ran a strong campaign.”

Education was one of the main issues in the primary, Campbell said, and he predicts it will also dominate the general-election campaign.

He says he focuses more on improving the quality of education than on increasing funding.

“We want results,” he said of the Republicans. “We’re willing to put more money into the system, but we have to determine how to bet better results.”

Stringer also cited education – especially school choice – as one of the main determining issues in the primary.

“I ran on conservative principles – small government, low taxes, and school choice,” Stringer said.

One issue that Stringer said he would not emphasize in his coming campaign would be immigration, despite his controversial June comment that immigration “represents an existential threat to the United States” (words that he said were “misinterpreted and misrepresented”).

While noting that he is “a border-control, build-the-wall kind of guy,” Stringer said, “Immigration is more a federal issue, not a state issue.”

Campbell and Stringer will face Democrats Jan Manolis and Ed Gogek in the General Election. Manolis finished the primary with a 15 percent edge over Gogek. The race for the Democratic nomination was not contested, because both candidates will advance to the General Election.

Likewise, the State Senate race in District 1 was uncontested in both parties, with incumbent Karen Fann running for the Republican nomination, and challenger Jo Craycraft running for the Democratic nomination. The two will face off in the General Election.

Follow Cindy Barks on Twitter @Cindy_Barks. Reach her at 928-445-3333, ext. 2034, or cbarks@prescottaz.com.