Oct. 24, 2004
Tribune Election 2004 Special Section
Incumbent Republican Barbara Leff faces a challenge for the seat she has held for two years from Democrat Seth Apfel and Libertarian Sean Nottingham.
Apfel has made abortion an issue in the campaign, saying he is the only abortion-rights candidate in the race.
Leff, who served six years in the House before switching to the Senate, said she believes there should be some restrictions on abortion, including parental control and consent, except in cases where a child believes she can’t talk with a parent or possible sexual abuse from a parent has led to the pregnancy.
Nottingham is a history and government teacher at Phoenix’s Camelback High School.
He has said he believes the major parties have failed citizens.
In the House race, Republicans John Allen and Steve Tully and Libertarians James Iannuzo and Garry Myers are vying for two seats.
Education and fiscal responsibility are among the key issues in the race.
Allen, added from District 7 after an adjustment to legislative maps, believes the state has a monopoly when it comes to education.
Tully, an incumbent, thinks truancy needs to be addressed.
Iannuzo and Myers are seeking their first elected office. Iannuzo rates fiscal responsibility as his top priority, with maintaining privacy and water rights as other key issues.
Myers said his No. 1 issue is killing light rail.
He believes it would do more harm than good.
No Democrats are running; Republican Deb Gullet dropped out after a petition challenge by Allen.