Time is running out if you plan to vote in this year’s general election. You must register by October 9th to be eligible and that is only five days away! And make no mistake, this is an incredibly important election and one that is likely to effect health and health care in our state.
This time last year we were writing about the impact the late Senator John McCain made on healthcare in the US. Earlier this year, we wrote about healthcare policy and advocacy efforts at the state capitol, including KidsCare and physician credentialing. You can learn more by listening to the podcast review of the 2018 Arizona Legislative Session Review here. These are just a few examples of the impact elected officials have on the kind of care we receive in our communities. For that reason healthcare should be on the forefront of every voter’s mind as they make their selection this November.
With major competitions including US Senate, Congress, Governor and other statewide seats, Arizona hospitals may be the most impacted by the elections for our state legislature. Here are the key state legislature candidate races for which we will keep a watchful eye:
- Legislative District 6 (Flagstaff, Show Low) – Long-time republican incumbent Senator Sylvia Allen is facing democratic challenger Wade Carlisle in a rural swing district.
- Legislative District 17 (Chandler) – Current Speaker of the House republican Representative. J.D. Mesnard will face democrat Steve Weichert. This suburban district has never elected a democrat; however, some Capitol railbirds believe that this year that may change.
- Legislative District 18 (Ahwatukee, South Tempe) – For years this district has elected both republicans and democrats. This year, democratic incumbent Senator Sean Bowie is being challenged by republican Frank Schmuck. In the House, republican Representatives Jill Norgaard and Greg Patterson are competing against democrats Rep. Mitizi Epstein and Jennifer Jermaine.
- Legislative District 28 (North Central Phoenix, Paradise Valley) – This district is one of the most competitive in the state and all three seats are up for grabs. Republican incumbent Senator Kate Brophy McGee is facing 2016 teacher of the year and democratic nominee Christine Marshall. In the House, republican Representatives Maria Syms and Kathy Pappas Petsas face off against democratic Representatives Kelli Butler and Arron Lieberman.