Pinal County is part of multiple legislative districts. Much of it is in District 8, which includes most of Casa Grande, Coolidge, Florence and part of Eloy and San Tan Valley. Rep. T.J. Shope, R-Coolidge, is up against the term limit and seeking to move to the Senate. Sen. Frank Pratt, R-Casa Grande, is seeking to move to the House, and Rep. David Cook, R-Globe, is running for re-election.
On the Democratic side, Barbara McGuire of Kearny, a former legislator, is seeking to return to the Senate. Sharon Girard of Eloy, who has run for the Senate previously, is the only Democrat running for one of the two seats in the House.
We are endorsing Shope, Pratt and Cook because of their role in the GOP majority that has done a pretty good job of working with the governor in appropriating revenues, including during a challenging time with the pandemic. Criticisms are frequently heard that there should be more funding for various things, but usually those comments are not accompanied by specifics about which taxes to raise. Veteran legislators are familiar with the realities of the costs and priorities of government. These legislators also are familiar with the issues of a rural, although developing, area where agriculture is still important and the challenge of water planning is crucial.
District 11 includes Maricopa and Arizona City as well as the western edge of Casa Grande. It leans Republican in voter registration, and the incumbents, like those in District 8, are Republicans. The senator is Vince Leach, R-Saddlebrooke, and the House members are Mark Finchem, R-Oro Valley, and Bret Roberts, R-Maricopa.
The Democratic candidates are JoAnna Mendoza of Red Rock, a Marine Corps retiree and school board member, for the Senate and Dr. Felipe Perez of Oro Valley, the lone candidate for the House.
Leach, Finchem and Roberts have done a good job and provided some leadership in the Legislature. They deserve another term.