More than 250 candidates filed to run for state and federal office before Monday’s deadline for would-be elected officials to turn in nominating petitions.

Of those, 200 are running for the 90 seats in the Arizona Legislature’s 30 districts. And eight candidates hope to qualify for the ballot to run for the Arizona Corporation Commission, which regulates utilities and securities sales in the Grand Canyon State.

There are also 43 candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives in Arizona’s nine districts, including six Republicans who are vying to replace U.S. Rep. Debbie Lesko, who announced earlier this year she would step down at the end of her term.

Another six candidates filed nominating petitions for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Krysten Sinema, who is not seeking reelection.


To run for elected office in Arizona, candidates must gather signatures from voters on nominating petitions. The number of signatures required depends on which office a candidate is seeking and their party registration. 

There are a number of legislative districts where no incumbents are running for reelection, though in several cases, voters will see familiar names.

For instance, in District 8, which includes most of Tempe, Sen. Juan Mendez is facing term limits after serving four terms in the state Senate. So, the Democrat is running instead for one of the district’s two seats in the House of Representatives, while Rep. Melody Hernandez, also a Democrat, is running to replace Mendez in the Senate.

Voters in District 10, which is centered on east Mesa, will be electing new representatives: Incumbents Justin Heap and Barbara Parker, both Republicans, are not seeking reelection. Among the candidates to replace them is Justin Olson, a former state legislator.

And in District 27, the two representatives are seeking other seats: Ben Toma, the speaker of the House, is running for Congress to replace Lesko, while Kevin Payne is running for the district’s state Senate seat. The incumbent senator, Anthony Kern, is also running for Congress. But Tony Rivero, a former legislator, is among the GOP candidates seeking to replace the pair.

In Senate races, Hernandez and Payne aren’t the only representatives hoping to move from one chamber to the other. Rep. Analise Ortiz, D-Phoenix, is running to replace Sen. Anna Hernandez, who is running for Phoenix City Council, in District 24. And in District 25, GOP Rep. Tim Dunn hopes to replace Sen. Sine Kerr.

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