Business Ballot project launches ahead of November election

Following an unprecedented primary election waged in the midst of an economic recession and global pandemic, Arizona voters on Tuesday cast their ballots in primary battles across the state. 

With many races still too close to call, voters now turn their attention to the November general election.

You can find results from yesterday’s state legislative races at the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office here.

Shifting ground

The November election will determine control of the state Legislature, where Republicans hold a 31-29 advantage in the state House, and 17-13 advantage in the state Senate. 

Political observers expect Legislative District 6, which encompasses large swaths of northern and eastern Arizona, to be a major battleground in a Senate race pitting Republican Wendy Rogers against Democrat Felecia French. Rogers defeated incumbent senator Sylvia Allen in the GOP primary.

Legislative District 17 in Chandler and Gilbert, and the West Valley’s Legislative District 20, which were once reliably Republican, are also expected to feature hotly contested Senate races.

Legislative District 28, which includes north central Phoenix, will once again match Republican incumbent Sen. Kate Brophy McGee against Democratic challenger Christine Marsh. This is Marsh’s second attempt at the Senate seat, losing in 2018 by fewer than 300 votes.

Business Ballot

As the state shifts its attention to the general election, the Arizona Chamber Foundation is launching a new project that will inform job creators and workers on election information and candidates’ records on business. Business Ballot also will provide detailed analyses of ballot initiatives that will come before voters in November.

Currently a subpage of the Chamber Foundation’s website, Business Ballot will soon transition to a website of its own. 

On its website, Business Ballot will feature the following:

  • Analyses of each ballot initiative
  • Analyses of key legislative, statewide, and local races
  • Detailed articles on certain issues
  • Perspectives on issues from leaders in industry and public policy
  • Post-primary update + future developments

Chamber Endorsements

The Arizona Chamber of Commerce’s slate of legislative endorsements stood up well last night. Many pro-business and pro-economic-growth candidates in both parties won their primaries.

Speaking on the endorsements in June, Glenn Hamer, Chamber president and CEO, said, “Arizona is counting on their leadership to develop the policies necessary to emerge from the pandemic just as we entered it—with one of the nation’s strongest economies.”

Joe Pitts

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