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Day After Election: Much To Be Happy About

By Elisha Dorfsmith

With most post election attention being focused on national races, it’s easy to forget that the policies that affect us the most are usually those that are set by local officials and propositions. Here are a few reasons to be very happy about last night’s results.

Republicans win LD6

Chester Crandell easily won his contest for State Senate against Democrat Tom Chabin. Crandell is a very down to earth, liberty minded individual who understands the Constitution and values states’ rights.

State Representative candidates Bob Thorpe and Brenda Barton also easily won their races. Like Crandell, Thorpe and Barton are Constitutionalists who are very accessible and willing to listen to the needs and concerns of their constituents.

LD6 Democrats, including State Senate candidate Tom Chabin ran an extremely negative campaign promising to “de-kook” the Arizona capital. Interestingly, Chabin is the one with truly crazy ideas (Top Two was his baby before it became a prop). His voting record, along with his complete lack of respect for constituents who had differing views only hurt his chances.  With Chabin out, I think it’s safe to say that the legislature is a lot less “kooky” this morning.

Prop 121: Top Two

Top Two, the nightmare that would have completely destroyed third parties and voter choice in Arizona failed with only 33% of voters supporting it. With some last minute polls showing passage, it was expected that this prop could be very close. Opponents did a fantastic job in getting the word out and letting voters know just how bad Top Two would be for Arizona.

Prop 204

Despite a huge push from special interest groups, the extension of Arizona’s 1 cent sales tax failed miserably. 65% of voters said no, sending a strong message that Arizonans want responsible spending rather than higher taxes.  The failure of Prop 204 proves that you cannot gauge the popularity of a ballot measure by the number of signs you see.  “Yes on 204” signs were prominently plastered all across Arizona heading into election day.

Congrats To The Candidates!

Congratulations to all of the winners of last night’s races. It has been a long, hard and tiring campaign season but overall very very productive. We have much to be happy about in Northern Arizona today.

My son Adrian stands outside a polling place in Flagstaff campaigning for Chester Crandell on election day.


  1. November 7, 2012 at 10:15 am

    And up here in far northern Arizona, the Page Unified School District’s attempt to pass the override was turned down by the electorate, the second time in as many years. Perhaps they will be believe it this time: taxed enough already.

  2. Jared
    November 7, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    Phoenix’s Washington Elementary School District’s override failed 52% to 48%.

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