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.”
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.
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Democrat John Kromko
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Republican J.D. “Duke” Schechter.