Incumbent Democratic Sen. Jorge Luis Garcia will face Republican Bob Westerman, an engineer and project manager with Raytheon whose previous political experience includes an unsuccessful run for Congress in California.


Incumbent Reps. Phil Lopes and Olivia Cajero-Bedford face a challenge in the Democratic primary from none other than John Kromko, the former state lawmaker who had become a fierce anti-tax crusader since leaving the statehouse in 1992.

“Every day, when I read the papers or watch the news, I get more and more mad,” Kromko says. “The city, county (and) state are out of control, and it seems like people don’t know what they’re doing. You can’t believe some of these decisions coming out the Legislature and coming out of the City Council. So sometimes, one person, by pointing things out, can make a difference.”

“I’m puzzled by it because, I’ve never had any indication from John that he has any problem with the job I’m doing,” says Lopes, who may be the most vulnerable incumbent, given that he has typically trailed Cajero-Bedford by about 10 percentage points in previous primaries.

Lopes, who is House minority leader, says voters should return him to the House because his leadership has helped increase funding for education, health care and childcare.

“Those are all things that benefit my district,” Lopes says. “As ranking member on appropriations and being part of the budget process, I’m able to directly influence all of those things. They ought to reelect me so I can continue to do that.”

The two Democratic winners of the primary will face Republican J.D. “Duke” Schechter and Green Party candidate Kent Solberg .



LD27 Fun Facts

Legislative District 27, which includes Tucson, Three Points and Valencia West, is home to about 16,793 Republicans, 40,169 Democrats, 683 Libertarians, and 23,901 voters who aren’t registered with those parties.

Candidate Web pages


Democrat Jorge Luis Garcia

Republican Bob Westerman

House of Representatives

Democrat Phil Lopes

Democrat Olivia Cajero-Bedford

Democrat John Kromko

Green Kent Solberg

Republican  J.D. “Duke” Schechter.


4 Responses

  1. Let’s hear more about Duke. He seems to be the most intertesting candidate and will definately shake things up if elected.

  2. You forgot to list the Libertarian candidate. That would be me, Mark R. Phelps:)

  3. Please Check out Kent Solberg at;


    He’s the real deal and would faithfully REPRESENT the people of LD27.

    With Kent Solberg and Phil Lopes in the House, we’d all be much better off.

  4. “It is better to speak the truth that hurts and then heals, than a lie that comforts and then kills.” – Unknown

    This is the kind of “straight talk” honesty & integrity Kent Solberg and the other Arizona Green Party county and statewide candidates will bring to the duopoly in Phoenix we so falsely call a democracy. The wealthy no longer need our help, that’s why they are wealthy, so we’re long overdue in applying those Gettysburg Address principles in creating that gov’t. of, by and for the people in an open, transparent political environment embracing the TKVs of humanity. So join your fellow Arizonians in making this a more representative gov’t. for you, the people and not those “special interests” that have no interest in you. So I’m certain you will sleep more soundly come nightfall November 4, 2008 knowing you voted for your interests. We’ve been voting against our interests for too long. Thank you and welcome to a new political life.

    “…government is instituted for the protection, safety, and happiness of the people, and not for the profit, honour, or private interests of any man, family, or class of men …the origin of all power is in the people, and they have an incontestable right to check the creatures of the own creation, vested with certain powers to guard the life, liberty and property of the community…” –
    Mercy Otis Warren (1728 – 1814), “Observations on the New Constitution”

    “I’d rather vote for something I want and not get it than vote for something I don’t want, and get it.” – Eugene V. Debs

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