Meet your candidates

U.S. Senate

Rodney Glassman - Democrat

Glassman lives in Tucson. He is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, attended law school and worked for the Air Force Judge Advocate General. Glassman also has advanced degrees in business, public administration and a doctorate in arid land resource science.

He has served on the Tucson City Council. As a council member, Glassman instituted water conservation measures such as rainwater harvesting and gray water landscaping.

According to his website, Glassman has pledged to put Arizona first. He would protect older workers from discrimination, provide incentives to hire older workers, and he promised not to raise the age at which a person receives Social Security benefits. To improve the economy, Glassman would create incentives and tax credits to encourage businesses to hire. He would also encourage the rebuilding of infrastructure around the country by creating a bank to fund infrastructure improvements.

To improve education, Glassman says he would provide financial assistance to schools; improve recruiting and hiring of teachers; and use money to expand math, science, technology and engineering education programs. He would also hold teachers, administrators, students and parents accountable for the success of schools.

Glassman also has a plan to control illegal immigration. He calls SB 1070, the new immigration law that Arizona passed this year, an unfunded mandate and a burden on local law enforcement. He would hire more border agents and improve technology along the border.

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Jerry Joslyn - Green

According to his website, Joslyn has been involved in politics since he was 10. He started his own shipping business that competed with the U.S. Postal Service when he was in high school.

He later sold the business and started the New Times, a weekly newspaper. He sold that newspaper and started another business in Scottsdale. That business was sold and Joslyn started another magazine, the monthly New Digest. That magazine was sold in 1995. He has also been involved in various software and intelligence companies, according to his website. He is also a veteran of the California and Arizona Air National Guard.

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David Nolan

- Libertarian

Nolan is the founder of the Libertarian party and has a degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in advertising, marketing and publishing. He currently lives in Tucson.

According to his website, he has a plan to reduce government. If elected, he would end the personal income tax and replace it with fees, cut federal spending by half, end the federal reserve, end corporate bailouts, phase out all federal entitlement programs, cut military spending and reduce government regulation.

He would also create tax credits for businesses, end all wars that the country is currently involved in, control the border by creating a guest worker program and end the Patriot Act.

For more information on Nolan, visit

John McCain

- Republican

McCain served in the U.S. House of Representative from 1982 to 1985. He has served in the U.S. Senate since 1986. He is the son and grandson of two U.S. Navy admirals. He served 22 years in the Navy as an aviator. He retired from the Navy in 1981 to run for the U.S. House.

According to his website, McCain would fight illegal immigration by securing the border and send assistance to Mexico to fight the drug cartels. He does not support amnesty, he said. He is in favor of a temporary worker program.

To improve the economy, McCain has pledged to keep federal spending in check, hold down taxes, cut regulation and eliminate earmarks. He would also invest in infrastructure and stabilize the housing market and reduce taxes.

For more information on McCain, visit

Ray Caplette

- write-in

No information was available on Caplette

Santos Chavez

- write-in

No information was available on Chavez.

Sydney Dudikoff

- write-in

According to her website, Dudikoff has pledged to stabilize and invigorate the economy by providing incentives for industry to invest in Arizona.

She would increase higher education opportunities for Arizona's students by making higher education a reality for everyone. She would support and promote small businesses.

She would work on creating a consensus on illegal immigration policy that does not target a specific group of people.

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Loyd Ellis - write-in

Ellis says he is an Independent on his website. He was born and raised in Success, Ark. He joined the Air Force and served seven and a half years. After leaving the Air Force, he became a computer operator and taught himself computer programming. He designed and programmed many different business applications for all types of businesses.

According to his website, Ellis is not afraid to say no. He would cut federal spending, build the border fence, make sure Arizona gets its fair share of stimulus money to create jobs, vote for term limits for both senators and representatives, stop the federal healthcare bill and cut redundant federal programs.

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Ian Gilyeat - write-in

No information was available on Gilyeat.

U.S. Rep. District 2

John Thrasher - D

John Thrasher was born in McAlester, Okla. He attended Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff and earned bachelor's and masters degree in Music. He served as an educator for 42 years. Thrasher became the director of bands at Glendale Community College in 1970. In 1974, he founded the GCC Band. He also helped to create the Arizona Winds. He retired from teaching and took up politics in 2007.

According to his website, Thrasher pledges to work to undo unfair trade deals and to enforce trade policies that work for the country and not foreign corporations.

To fight illegal immigration, Thrasher would crack down on people who offer illegal documentation. He would then create an effective means by which businesses can accurately identify U.S. citizens when hiring and require its use, and finally, close down all businesses that knowingly continue to hire illegal immigrants.

Powell Gammill - L

According to his website, Gammill is a 50-year resident of Arizona. He graduated from Northern Arizona University. He is a molecular biologist/laboratory manager. He wants to end the "government's cradle-to-grave socialist mentality; maximize personal freedom and minimize government power; and maximize economic freedom and end taxation. He believes in individual rights and responsibility.

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Trent Franks - R

Trent Franks is running for re-election for his fifth term as U.S. Representative for Arizona. He is a former member of the Arizona State House of Representatives and served as director of the Arizona Governor's Office for Children. He founded and served four and a half years as executive director of the Arizona Family Research Institute. He is a small business owner, consultant, and oil field and drilling engineer.

According to his website, Franks believes government should do what it can to foster the success of families by relieving them of taxes, and by implementing economic policies which give the family the best opportunity to succeed.

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William Crum - write-in

No information was available on Crum.


Terry Goddard - D

Goddard has served as the Arizona Attorney General since 2003. According to his website, as attorney general he has won $267 million in settlements for the state against pharmaceutical companies, Western Union, Wal-Mart and others. He has also fought against mortgage and consumer fraud. He also served as mayor of Phoenix from 1984 to 1990.

He has an undergraduate degree from Harvard and a law degree from Arizona State University. He served in the U.S. Navy and the Naval Reserves for 27 years.

If elected governor, he plans to focus on the creation of job, improving education and securing Arizona's border. According to his website, he plans to create jobs by diversifying Arizona's economy, creating a deal-closing fund to help new businesses pay for infrastructure improvements, and re-energize the state's tourism, healthcare, science and agriculture sectors.

He plans to move Arizona schools from the bottom 10 to the top 10 in the nation in 10 years by restarting all-day kindergarten in every school district, giving every student the opportunity for a secondary education at a trade school or college, increase standards and accountability for teachers, and reform how schools are financed.

For more information on Goddard, visit

Larry Gist - G

According to Gist's website, he was born and grew up in Yuma. He graduated from Western Arizona College and Arizona State University. He is a private business owner, a mortgage broker/banker, a Realtor and a former member of the Arizona Special Olympics board of directors. He has also served one session in the Arizona Legislature. Gist has pledged to listen to the residents of Arizona when it comes to what they want of government, especially concerning immigration, education, the state budget and jobs.

For more information on Gist, visit

Barry Hess - L

Barry Hess is a Libertarian candidate. According to his website, he put himself through Fordham University. He has worked as a fraud investigator for a major insurance company.

If elected governor, Hess has promised to secure the Arizona border and reform the immigration, education and tax laws of the state.

His plan to secure the border includes stopping all border crossings except at current ports of entry. He would do this by setting up a multi-stage border security system designed to discourage border crossings.

For more information on Hess, visit

Jan Brewer - R

Brewer has spent 28 years serving in state and local governments. She served in the Arizona House of Representatives from 1983 to 1986 and in the Senate from 1987 to 1996. She also served as member of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors. She was elected Secretary of State twice.

According to her website, as Secretary of State she cut costs by updating laws, removing unnecessary publication requirements and consolidating her workforce. She helped create the state's Help America Vote plan.

As governor, Brewer signed Arizona's illegal immigration bill, worked to make sure that state and local government entities are not providing public services to illegal immigrants and returned illegal immigrants to the custody of the federal Immigrations and Customs Enforcement department.

According to her website, she has cut the state budget by $2 billion, balanced the budget and reduced the number of state employees by 10 percent. Brewer says she has also fought to prevent cuts to education and public safety budgets.

Cary Dolego - write-in

No information was available on Dolego.

Anton Dowls - write-in

No information was available on Dowls.

Janelle Wood - write-in

According to her website, Woods was born in Topeka, Kan. She graduated from Arizona State University in 1989 with a Bachelor of Science in Economics. In 2005, she graduated from Phoenix Seminary with a masters in Biblical Leadership Development. She worked for State Farm for 10 years before serving as the chief of staff for the District 8 Office in Phoenix. In 2004, she co-founded First Watch Ministries, an organization that assists homeless men and women.

She would improve education by giving teachers the tools they need and institute performance-based merit raises for teachers.

Woods would partner with the federal government to combat illegal immigration and make sure all law enforcement officers had the necessary equipment to do their job. For more information, visit

State Senator District 3

Beth Weisser - D

Weisser is running for Mohave County's Arizona Senate seat. She has lived in Arizona since 1984 and in Kingman since 2002. She is a teacher and has experience in the real estate business and in small business. She earned a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Morningside College in Iowa.

She moved to Phoenix in 1984 and opened a landscaping business with her ex-husband. She moved to Sanders, Ariz., in 1992 and served on the Puerco Valley Volunteer Fire Department Governing Board and the Apache County Planning and Zoning Board of Adjustments. She has taught business courses at Northland Pioneer College and operated a towing and car repair business.

She plans to use her business background to help balance the state budget and bring more jobs into the state.

Ron Gould - R

Gould is running for re-election. He was elected to the Arizona State Senate in 2004. He has served as councilman for Lake Havasu City and is a small businesses owner.

According to his website, Gould believes in cutting taxes to improve the economy; balancing the state budget by making tough cuts and setting priorities; and opposes offering services to illegal immigrants.

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State Rep.

District 3

Doris Goodale - R

Doris Goodale is running for re-election to the Arizona House of Representatives. Goodale was born in Tucson and raised in Kingman. She graduated from Phoenix College and Arizona State University. She worked for 34 years for Mohave County. She also served 18 years on the Kingman School Board and helped with the unification of the Kingman School District.

According to her website, Goodale would continue to work to close the Arizona border. She voted for Arizona's illegal immigration bill and sponsored a bill that would crack down on schools that teach students from Mexico. She would also make the state more competitive and bring in more jobs by eliminating unnecessary business regulations and taxes. She would also continue to work to balance the state budget by forcing the state to live within its means.

For more information on Goodale, visit

Nancy McLain - R

Nancy McLain is running for her fourth and final term in the Arizona House of Representatives. She and her husband own Namac Services of California. She has pledged to continue to work with local governments in her district to represent the best needs for their communities. She also said she will continue to work on bringing new jobs and businesses into the state.

For more information on McLain, visit www.

Secretary of State

Chris Deschene - D

Chris Deschene grew up on the Navajo Nation in Lechee near Lake Powell. He now lives in Window Rock. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He served 10 years in the Marine Corps, served two tours oversees and was the executive officer of 160 Marines. He retired as a major.

He earned a law degree and a master's degree in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in renewable energy simultaneously from Arizona State University. He has most recently served as the District 2 Representative to the Arizona House.

If elected, Deschene stated on his website that he would protect the voting rights of Arizonans by increasing election security, increasing the transparency of the Secretary of State's Office, making it easier for voters to register or change their registration and review and streamline the election system. He has also pledged never to endorse a candidate running for office if elected to the position.

For more information on Deschene, visit www.

Ken Bennett - R

Ken Bennett was born in Tucson and grew up in Prescott. He is the current Secretary of State and inherited the position after Gov. Jan Brewer was appointed governor. Bennett has served in the Arizona Senate, on Prescott City Council, the Arizona Board of Education and the Arizona Charter School Board. He has also served as the CEO of the family business Bennett Oil, Co.

If elected, Bennett has pledged to look for new and better technology to help voters, improve customer service and cut red tape for businesses.

For more information on Bennett, visit

Attorney General

Felecia Rotellini - D

Felecia Rotellini was born in Sheridan, Wyo., and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Rocky Mountain College. She graduated in 1986 with a law degree from Notre Dam Law School. She has served as a private and public attorney for the last 23 years.

She joined the Arizona Attorney General's Office in 1992 and worked in both the civil and criminal divisions, especially in real estate and fraud cases.

In 2006, she was appointed Superintendent of the State Banking Department, which later became the Department of Financial Institutions. In an effort to minimize the impact of the mortgage crisis, Rotellini created a Mortgage Fraud Task Force that included local, state and federal officials. She also helped create a law that requires mortgage loan officers to be licensed in Arizona. She left the state in 2009 for Zwillinger and Greek, PC.

If elected, Rotellini has pledged to protect seniors and others from fraud. She plans to create an Elder Affairs Unit within the Attorney General's Office and expand current programs.

She also plans to create an Elder Law Advisory Group to advise the governor. She's vowed to prosecute mortgage fraud and streamline the prosecution process.

For more information on Rotellini, visit

Tom Horne - R

Tom Horne has served the last seven years as Arizona State Superintendent of Schools. He has also served as a member of the State Legislature, and as Judge Pro Tem for both the Superior Courts and Court of Appeals. He has 30 years of courtroom experience.

If elected, Horne has promised to protect the border by reopening and increasing staff at offices, and partnering with local, state and federal agencies and seizing assets from smugglers. He would enforce state laws to protect residents and create a legal environment that would attract new businesses and new jobs.

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Andrei Cherny - D

Andrei Cherny grew up in California and graduated from Harvard. He has served as an assistant to the Arizona Attorney General on fraud cases; a senior White House official for the Clinton administration; an adviser to Microsoft, KB Homes, Advance Micro Devices and Cablevision; and founded the think tank Democracy. He has also served in the Naval Reserves.

If elected, Cherny has pledged to work across party lines and make Arizona a home where new businesses can grow, especially solar technology. He feels the state should invest state dollars in state industry instead of Wall Street. He'll use the office's audit power to reform state spending.

For more information on Cherny, visit

Thomas Meadows - G

Meadows is a small business owner from Tempe. He supports marijuana reform and opposes SB 1070, the state's new immigration bill. He promises clean energy, transparency in government, cuts in state spending and new jobs.

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Thane Eichenauer - L

According to his statement to the Citizens Clean Elections Commission, Eichenauer would prevent the state from borrowing more money to fix its budget and encourage the state to stop spending.

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Doug Ducey - R

Doug Ducey was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio. He graduated from Arizona State University in 1986 with a degree in Finance. He's worked for Hensley and Company and for Procter & Gamble. He is also the former CEO of Cold Stone Creamery.

If elected, he has pledged to be a prudent manager of the state's money, bring transparency to how state dollars are spent and work directly with the governor to bring more jobs into the state.

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Superintendent of Public Instruction

Penny Kotterman - D

Penny Kotterman started teaching in 1978 and moved to Arizona in 1984. She has taught at all grade levels and in special education and worked in school administration. She has served as the vice president and president of the Arizona Education Association. As such she has worked as a consultant for a number of state and national groups.

She is currently serving as the associate director of new programs and policy for Northern Arizona University's Arizona K-12 Center. As associated director she created the Master Teachers program, which mentors new teachers in the classroom. She is opposed to vouchers and tuition tax credits.

If elected, Kotterman has pledged to create high standards for students, teachers, school leaders and communities, as well as create safe school environments and reasonable measurers of progress.

For more information on Kotterman, visit

John Huppenthal - R

John Huppenthal is currently the chairman of the Arizona Senate's Education Committee. According to his website, he has served 17 years on education committees in both the Arizona Senate and House of Representatives. As a senator, he voted to take the cap off the number of charter schools allowed in Arizona and expanded the tuition tax credit for parents. He also voted for the Career Ladder Program for teachers, which includes a performance pay program.

He has worked with disabled families, especially those with autistic children, to increase the quality of education for their children. He also helped create and voted for the new letter grade performance report for Arizona schools.

He served on the Chandler City Council from 1982 to 1992. Huppenthal has a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Northern Arizona University and a masters degree in Business Administration from Arizona State University.

If elected, he has pledged to focus on quality instruction for students, increasing standards for teachers and schools, homework, increase parental involvement in schools, and create an objective means of measuring performance in schools.

He has also pledged to end bilingual education in the classroom and institute phonics to help students read. He would also end promoting a child who was failing to the next grade level. He would spend more money in the classrooms and less on administration.

For more information on Huppenthal, visit

State Mine


Manual Cruz - D

Manuel Cruz grew up in Arizona and attended Glendale Community College. He was a sous chef at Avanti's in Scottsdale and later opened his own restaurant. In the 1990s, he attended Austin Powder Blasting Academy in Connecticut and became an explosives engineer, miner and safety director. He has 15 years of experience in those fields.

If elected, Cruz has pledged to enhance mine safety through training and increased inspections. He has promised to enforce the state abandoned mine closure law and force companies to close mines on public lands.

He would also create an adopt-a-mine program that would allow groups and individuals to donate toward the closure of mines.

For more information on Cruz, visit

Joe Hart - R

Joe Hart is running for re-election. He has served four years as the current Mine Inspector. He has served 10 years in the Arizona House of Representatives and worked for Duval Mining Corporation for 20 years. He has also worked in the ranching, radio broadcasting and trucking industries. He is a 61-year resident of Kingman.

According to his website, Hart has secured funds to help close mines and created a mine safety education program for Arizona students.

He instituted an annual mine safety program and has enforced reclamation of land laws.

For more information on Hart, visit

Contested local races and Arizona Corporation Commission candidates will be in Sunday's Miner.