Oct. 24, 2004
Tribune Election 2004 Special Section
Two like-minded conservative Republicans in the District 7 House race face a pair of Democrats with vastly different views, as one of the Democrats says he hasn’t taken a position on any issue.
David Burnell Smith and incumbent Rep. Ray Barnes tout their conservative views in the GOP-heavy district that includes northwest Scottsdale, Carefree, Cave Creek and parts of Phoenix.
They are opposed by Democrats Virgel Cain and Mark Monday, who said he’ll create a system to tally the wishes of constituents, then vote with the majority view.
Cain said he’s running because Smith and Barnes are too conservative for what he considers a moderate district. He’d increase school funding and reform the way Arizona sells state trust land.
Barnes has made illegal immigration and drug abuse his top issues. The state would save money by waging a more effective fight against the issues because of the problems they cause, he said.
Smith said the state should pressure federal officials to improve border security. Smith has called for a new budget process so lawmakers set spending limits first and then consider new legislation based on how much money is left.
The District 7 Senate race features Democrat John Vannucci and state Rep. Jim Waring, a Republican who is attempting a move from the House.
Vannucci said Arizona must pressure the federal government to increase border security.
He said he has upset Democrats by supporting Proposition 200, which would require people to show proof of citizenship to get public benefits from the state.
Waring opposes the measure, saying it’s a symbolic move that would make no real change.
Waring said his legislative accomplishments include work on a bill that boosted university funding. He wants more funding for education and law enforcement.