Three first-time political hopefuls are vying for two Republican nominations for the Arizona House of Representatives in District 26.
Trent Humphries, 35, is a self-employed computer services provider. Vic Williams, 45, is a real estate investor. Marilyn Zurell, 59, is a homemaker.
Two of the three advance Sept. 2 to face Democrats Don Jorgensen and Rep. Nancy Young Wright in November. Young Wright, a past Amphitheater school board member, was appointed to complete the term of Rep. Lena Saradnik, who resigned for health reasons. The other representative, Pete Hershberger, is term-limited, and is running for the Arizona Senate in District 26.
District 26 is generally east of I-10 and north of River Road. It includes Oro Valley, part of Marana, Tortolita, Catalina, Casas Adobes, Mount Lemmon, part of the Catalina Foothills and SaddleBrooke.
In his candidate statement for the Arizona Clean Elections pamphlet, Humphries identifies economic development, health care and crime concerns he’d like to address.
“Solutions are possible, but it will take strong leadership with the ability to make hard choices,” Humphries said. “It will also be necessary to have political patience to avoid empty solutions that may appeal emotionally, but provide little to no lasting effect.”
In his statement, Williams calls for Republicans “to once again act like Republicans. … I’m disappointed by our party’s mismanagement at local, state and federal levels.” He advocates for fiscal responsibility, smaller government, a balanced budget, education, immigration law enforcement and a business plan for Arizona.
In her statement, Zerull says she would bring “a common-sense approach to reforming our government, someone who will fight for secure borders, property tax cuts and a balanced budget.” She wants to discourage illegal immigration, set budget priorities and “insist that our state government lives within its means” while supporting education spending.
In his statement, Jorgensen calls for fiscal responsibility, accountability and respect for the taxpayer. “I understand the challenges we face, yet I am very optimistic about Arizona’s limitless future.” He vows a focus on “quality of life issues” to include public safety, health care, financial security and environmental protection.
In her statement, Young Wright calls attention to a record of protecting public schools, the environment, and services to seniors, the disabled and children. Young Wright “supports solar energy development and state trust land reform to protect the Arroyo Grande area north of Oro Valley.”