GOP Team for LD5 Files Their Signatures

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

LD5 GOP House Candidates File Petitions

Barton and Crandell on the ballot in LD5

The independently conservative Republican team of Brenda Barton and Chester Crandell have submitted their petition signatures to the Arizona Secretary of State, officially placing them on the ballot for the Republican nomination for State House of Representatives from LD5.

With both House seats open, Republicans in this vast district have a tremendous opportunity to capture a seat that has long been held by the Democrat Party.  Much of that was due to the tremendous name id of longtime legislator Jack Brown who is now retiring.  But the district’s voter registration has trended sharply towards the GOP over the last five years, making it increasingly difficult for any Democrat to hold the seat.

Republicans in LD5 have also been smart politically, placing just two Republicans on the ballot and preventing precious resources from being spent in a primary, thus allowing the various Republican county parties and clubs to focus on winning the general election.

Brenda Barton is a fifth generation Arizona native who has deep roots in the district. Her family established Lee’s Ferry on the Colorado River and Lee’s Valley in the White Mountains in the 1800s. Brenda has spent years working in the best interests of rural Arizona, from being elected as an officer for the land rights group, People for the West, to being a two-term past president of the Graham County Republican Women.  In her own community of Safford, Mrs. Barton has served on numerous city-employee committees including one that wrote the Vision Statement for the city.

Chester Crandell has been working in the Arizona educational system for over 30 years. He taught Vocational Agriculture in Mesa before becoming an assistant principal in the Heber-Overgaard School District.  He led the effort to establish the Northern Arizona Vocational Institute of Technology (NAVIT), and eventually became its Assistant Superintendent.  In addition to his activities as an educator and an administrator, Mr. Crandell is also the owner of a small cattle ranch, and does training and test administration for Arizona Public Service.



  1. Rhonda King says

    Way to go Brenda!!

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