There is much ado about newly elected State Senate President Russell Pearce, even an article in today’s Arizona Daily Star about his “business unfriendly” attitude:
Pearce was the former Chief Deputy of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Dept.(23 years) and was also a Justice of the Peace at one time.
Did you know that he was elected by only 17,552 voters in LD 18 in Mesa?
Voter breakdown from November, 2010 general election from Secretary of State’s website:
SHERWOOD, ANDREW (DEM)
PEARCE, RUSSELL (REP)
GARCIA, ANDREA (LBT)
31,091 total votes cast
Contrast this to a larger, more populated district such as LD 30 here in Southern Arizona, with Frank Antenori as State Senator, with 3x as many voters:
CAMENISCH, TODD (DEM)
ANTENORI, FRANK (REP)
And we hear that LD 1 (north/central Arizona) State Senator Steve Pierce still wants to be Senate President:
DONAHUE, BOB (DEM)
PIERCE, STEVE (REP)
Map of Arizona legislative districts from Arizona state legislature page link:
http://azredistricting.org/mapping/default2.asp?tname=Interim.2009.Legislative.Map&service=ircmaps&Layer4=on&Layer1=on&action=zoomin&ActiveLayer=16. You have to “zoom in” to find LD 18.
With 30 State Senators in the Arizona legislature, only 9 being Democratic, it goes to show that popularity among your peers counts, even when you represent a small legislative district. (Democratic Senators are only in districts 2 (NE Arizona), 13 through 17 in the Phoenix area, and 27, 28, 29 here in Southern Arizona).