District 8 voters continued their tradition of sending Republicans to the state legislature Tuesday by electing two popular incumbents and a newcomer to state politics, according to unofficial results.
In the Senate race, Sen. Carolyn Allen was elected to her third term, defeating Democratic challenger Dan Oseran. In the House race, Rep. Michele Reagan and former Fountain Hills Town Councilman John Kavanagh defeated Democrats Stephanie Rimmer, who finished third and Bill Sandberg, who was fourth. Reagan was elected to her third term and Kavanagh to his first. Final results are expected by the end of the week.
The 69-year-old Allen, who previously served four terms in the House of Representatives, plans to meet today with state officials to talk about air quality, an issue Allen ranked as one of her top priorities.
“I’m very grateful to my supporters who have given a vote of confidence to send me back,” Allen said.
Both campaigns were relatively quiet following competitive Republican primaries in September. There was an exception in the House race when Reagan and Kavanagh took exception to Rimmer’s strategy to position herself as a moderate along the lines of Allen and Reagan, with the implication that Kavanagh was too far right for the district. Both Reagan and Kavanagh, who were running as a team, criticized Rimmer, saying she did not share Republican views and Kavanagh was in line with the district’s voters.
“I hope this means people of the district think that I’ve been doing a good job and I plan on giving 150 percent the next two years,” said Reagan, 37, a former small business owner.
Kavanagh, 56, a community college professor and retired Port Authority of New York and New Jersey detective, said: “I am extremely grateful to voters of District 8, and I pledge I will always be available and to always look out for their best interests.”
District 8 includes most of Scottsdale, Fountain Hills and Rio Verde.