The ‘A-B-C’ Republican team from LD-5 arrives at the Arizona Legislature!

Rural Arizona can be proud of several legislative teams now serving in the Arizona Legislature. One particular newly-elected triad arrived this last Monday from Eastern Arizona and was welcomed by constituents from across their district.

LD-5 ABC TeamSenator Sylvia Allen (re-elected) and newcomers Representatives Brenda Barton and Chester Crandall conducted their own lunchtime gathering on the House lawn immediately following the Governor’s State of the State address. With food (Malachi Meats) specially brought in and served for the occasion, the Legislative District 5 Republican team entertained supporters from across their district.

One of the larger legislative districts in Arizona, LD-5 covers a significant portion of Eastern Arizona including Navajo, Apache, Gila, Greenlee and Graham Counties. Constituents made the trek from as far as Winslow, Concho, Morenci and Safford to have lunch and show their support for the new Republican team. (In the past, LD-5 have has a mix of conservative Democratic and Republican teams representing it.)

Sally Nabor, a resident and community activist, drove from Morenci to lend her support for the team. Nabor, who has lived throughout the district, was the first female truck driver for mining company, Phelps Dodge. Now she works in the community and spends her summers as a camp host in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest. Sally has been involved in politics for years and even served a term as President of Flagstaff Republican Women. These days, she’s considering a run for her county board of supervisors.

LD-5 LunchShirley Dye, made the relatively shorter drive from Payson. Also a political activist, Shirley serves in several capacities including on the board of the Rim Country GOP and Payson TEA Party. During the event, she welcomed the A-B-C team and noted the many things her organizations are doing to win conservative voters.

Globe-Miami was also well represented by Pamela Burruel who actually resides near Roosevelt Lake. Pamela has been hard at work registering Republicans as the President of the Cobre Valley Republicans Club. During the last election cycle, this conservative champion traveled throughout Gila County to get Allen-Barton-Crandall the votes they needed.

The small town of Concho was even represented by Republican Barry Weller, another Republican outstanding in his community. Weller a former Navy nuclear operator, is especially interested in Arizona’s energy and utility policies. He attended the entire day’s event not only to support his legislators but also to talk energy policy with other elected officials.

During the gathering, Sonoran Alliance spoke with Representative Barton and Senator Allen. When asked what they thought would be the most important legislative issue this session, they both agreed that the State budget would dominate all legislative priorities.

Representative Brenda Barton & Sally NaborBarton, stressed the critical situation of our current demand on resources and services. “We simply don’t have enough money to meet every need,” she explained. “This will be a tough time for everyone as we make cuts all around.”

Asked about her legislative priorities, Representative Barton listed the budget, taxes and regulations as her top goals. “We’ve got to make it easier for small businesses to recover and start hiring people again,” she said.

Barton also pledged to represent rural Arizona as her secondary set of goals.

Senator Sylvia Allen agreed with Barton’s assessment on the state budget. “Taxes and regulation on businesses need to be addressed in order to start moving the economy forward again,” she said. “We need to attract new business and protect existing business if we want to jump start this economy. Reducing taxes and regulation are a good place to start,” Allen asserted. The second term senator also recommended appealing to California business to relocate to Arizona instead of leapfrogging to Texas.

Other legislative priorities for Senator Allen include reestablishing a balance between federalism and state sovereignty and allowing the State of Arizona to use its own resources without heavy-handed federal regulations.

Senator Sylvia AllenMonday’s event also marked an important turn for the Republican party in rural Arizona. The Fifth Legislative District has not had three Republicans represent the district since redistricting occurred in 2001 nor prior to that. And the 2010 election cycle also saw changes occur in other rural districts such as LD 23 and 25 where Republicans had a clean sweep.

If rural Arizona politics are becoming more Republican in recent elections, then LD-5 is a good example of the conservative leadership rising from within the district. The legislative triad of Allen, Barton and Crandall represent such conservative values and the voters who elected them have sent a message that rural Arizona will be heard and effective.


  1. We are all so proud of the ABC group for all their efforts for LD 5. They will do a great job in their work for the people and the needs of the district. Congratulations to one and all !

  2. LD 26, part of only 2 urban counties, understands how important our rural communities are to the entire State. The A-B-C team represents such a valuable portion of Arizona. Their understanding of their district and the priorities they’ve set are ones all of Arizona needs. Roll up your sleeves, LD 5!

  3. Leonard Harmon says

    What a wonderful event. My wife and I traveled down for this event from Winslow and were delighted by our friends from the A-B-C Team. We truly do have a voice from the people and for the people now in Phoenix.

    Sylvia, Brenda and Chester are the right mix at the right time to turn AZ and our country around. Conservative responsible leadership is what all three bring to the table. Thank God!

  4. The trip was worth it. It was great to mingle with the huge turn out of folk throughout the district that came to congratulate our representatives and show honor and respect to them. We’ll be behind you…good luck now!

  5. Bill Mulleneaux says

    The ABC Team is on the right track and doing a great job.

    You have my support!

    Bill Mulleneaux
    Vice Mayor
    Town of Thatcher

  6. The A B C team has potential. Unfortunately, Sylvia Allen voted to expand the photo radar program last year. She also voted to allow police to improperly serve photo radar tickets as well as to retroactively clear the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors of violating state law when they created a $20 county court photo radar surcharge for photo radar processing.

  7. Looks like #6 had an expensive picture taken. The ABC team needs to find a way to represent us properly by reducing overall spending… not extend/raise any tax rate(s). They may find that useless subsidies to the inefficient wind industry a good place to start the CUT.

  8. Lew Levenson says

    Well done!

    The gathering demonstrated the common concerns of LD5.

    We all need to raise the level of our continuing support, observation, and ‘feet to the fire’ for the ABC team as well as the considerable impact LD5 has on CD1 for federal issues.

  9. Sally C. Nabor says

    It was a pleasure to be a part of the event and to share in the excitement of the challenge ahead. Yes things are going to be tough for awhile but we will be stronger because we will have learned to work together for a better community and state. We have some good people in key positions to do what needs to be done for the good of all.

  10. David Morse says

    The A B C team is a fine reflection of the values and concerns of LD5. They have numerous difficult challenges ahead of them (budget, immigration, etc.) and I think them equal to the task.
    Congratualtions to Senator Allen, Representative Barton and Representative Crandall!

  11. Pamela Burruel says

    We have the right people in place so let’s keep up the work, we can’t stop now. 2012 is close, keep the momentum going. Proud to have worked with each of these great American’s. GOD BLESS each of the ABC team and GOD BLESS AMERICA. Pamela Burruel,Cobre Valley Republican Club, Gila County Republican Committee.


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