Oct. 24, 2004
Tribune Election 2004 Special Section
Rep. Bob Robson, RChandler, and John McComish of Ahwatukee Foothills are hoping to put an intense Republican primary and a controversial ballot recount behind them as they seek election to two state House seats from District 20.
Robson and McComish would appear to have an advantage in a heavy Republican district that covers Ahwatukee Foothills, south Tempe and west Chandler. But Democrat Jim Torgeson of Chandler has been campaigning hard as a publicly funded candidate and Libertarian Joel Beckwith of Chandler has been appealing to voters unhappy with the two major parties.
Robson, 49, is an insurance agent and currently is the House speaker pro tem. He is privately funded.
McComish, 61, is the longtime president of the Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce. He had initially trailed Republican Anton Orlich when votes were tallied after the Sept. 7 primary. But an automatic recount pushed McComish ahead, and Orlich lost his legal bid to delay the printing of the general election ballot.
Torgeson, 40, owns a small advertising firm. Beckwith, 28, is an engineer.
In the Senate race, Rep. John Huppenthal, RChandler, faces Libertarian Warren Severin of Ahwatukee Foothills.