Oct. 24, 2004
Tribune Election 2004 Special Section
Incumbents Michele Reagan and Collete Rosati survived a heated Republican primary and now face two Democrats, Nancy Stein and Nancy Buel, for the two House seats in District 8. The district covers Scottsdale, Fountain Hills and Rio Verde.
Reagan favors adequate education funding, promoting small-business growth and a state budget that funds services without raising taxes. Rosati wants to eliminate the state deficit by targeting wasteful spending.
Stein says education, the economy and the environment are her hot-button issues. Buel lists schools, jobs and health care as her top priorities. She said prospective voters have talked with her a lot about outsourcing.
In the Senate race, political veteran Carolyn Allen is seeking re-election. She faces newcomers Stuart Turnansky, a Democrat who is a physician, and Libertarian Orville Weyrich, who teaches computer programming, microbiology and immunology.
Allen favors abortion rights and didn’t support a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. In the spring, she quit her GOP leadership post to protest a roll call vote she said was an attempt to embarrass lawmakers who didn’t support the federal ban. Weyrich is anti-abortion and wants to control taxes.
Turnansky calls himself "a fiscally conservative moderate consensus builder."