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Posted: Tuesday, October 26, 2004 3:01 pm | Updated: 5:32 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

Oct. 24, 2004

Tribune Election 2004 Special Section

Three experienced Democrats, including a fatherdaughter team, are vying to sweep the legislative races in District 23, but are being challenged for the two House seats.

Rep. Cheryl Chase, DKearney, and Sen. Pete Rios, D-Hayden, are being challenged for the House seats by Republican Franklin Pratt of Casa Grande and Libertarian Stephen Flynn of Apache Junction.

Rebecca Rios, a former House member from Apache Junction, is unopposed in the race to fill the Senate seat her father is vacating.

Chase, a nurse, is finishing her second term in the House. She is participating in public financing of her campaign.

Pete Rios is a former president of the state Senate, where he has served for a total of 16 years. A juvenile counselor for the last 12 years, he is switching to the House because of term limits. He is running on privately raised funds.

Pratt is a scuba instructor and owner of a pool store and diving shop in Casa Grande. He also is taking public funds through the Citizens Clean Election Commission.

Flynn, who is also running on private funds, is a public school teacher in Phoenix and is running on the pledge to combat high taxes, excessive regulation and unconstitutional laws.

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