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ARIZONA IM vi:i)m:si),y. HIV x 2002 r Tiik Arizona Rkpmiuc CAMPAIGN 2002 A dollar for a dollar in race to be next governor By (-hip Scutari The Arizona Republic Republican candidate Matt Salmon has raised $758,000 for his gubernatorial bid, but his campaign spending will also let his opponents start tapping into a reservoir of public money next week. Salmon's campaign finance report shows lie hqs spent more than $429,000. Under the state's Clean Elections program, his two GOP opponents from now on will get matching public money for every dollar he spends. Secretary of State Betsey Bayless and State Treasurer Carol Springer, who are running as publicly financed candidates, will have fatter war chests for such things as campaign signs and radio ads. Bayless, for example, already stands to receive $4 10,000 by the end of the week because she collected 4,000 of the $5 contributions from Arizona voters necessary to qualify for public money. On Tues- day, Bayless will get an additional $19,000 because of Salmon's campaign spending. But Chris Bowen, Salmon's campaign manager, said Salmon has no regrets about running the old-fashioned way. He ripped the state's publicly financed campaign system as "welfare for politicians." "The unconstitutional Clean Elections scheme gives hard-earned tax money to those who don't deserve it," Bowen said, referring to a recent court decision that concluded the main funding source for Clean Elections violates free speech. "It's the hand we've been dealt. Matt Salmon will lead Arizona. He won't manage Arizona." At the same point in the 1998 gubernatorial campaign, Republican Gov. Jane Hull had raised about $992,000. But Hull was an incumbent without any opposition in the GOP primary. Wes Gullett, a key Bayless adviser, said Arizona's Clean Elections law would help his candidate stay ahead of Salmon in the money race. "Financially, we're in a good position," Gullett said. "We always assumed that we'd have more money to contact voters. In elections, especially in Arizona, it's not how much money you have, but it's your position on issues." Springer said she expects to be done collecting her $5 contributions within a few weeks. So far, three candidates, Democrats Mark Osterloh, Janet Napolitano and Alfredo Gutierrez, have received $4 1 0,000 in public funding for their gu bernatorial campaigns. Salmon has been raising money since last July. His campaign has more than 3,000 contributors, including voters in several counties. He also has received checks from lobbying groups such as the Arizona Rock Products Association and the Home Builders Association of Central Arizona. From now on, every time Salmon spends an additional $25,000, he will have to file a campaign finance report at the secretary of state's office. QUIZ THE CANDIDATES Kyrsten Sinema Mary Carr STATE TREASURER Question: How would you persuade a voter under the age of 30 to become interested in the campaign for state treasurer? REPUBLICANS Kyrsten Sinema, a Phoenix Independent running for the House of Representatives in District 15, has been endorsed by the Arizona Education Association and the National Association of Social Workers. She also has qualified as a Clean Elections candidate. Sinema said that the endorsements reflect her priorities: first-rate education for all Arizona's students and a dedication to the well-being of children and families through comprehensive health care coverage, high-quality child care and mental health care coverage. Mary Carr, a longtime Phoenix resident, is the new Republican candidate for Arizona's House of Representatives in District 14, covering portions of west Phoenix. The Republican precinct committee nominated her to replace Bob Haran, who withdrew, Carr said. On Tuesday, an official with the Secretary of State's Office confirmed Carr's candidacy. Carr served on the Phoenix Union High School Board. She said she will not run under the Clean Elections campaign law. UNDER THE DOME Campaign Almanac Richard Petrenka of Mesa, chief deputy treasurer It is important to remember that the state treasurer invests everyone's tax dollars. Earnings from investments allow the state government, as well as counties, cities and towns, to fund highways, aquatic centers, golf courses, libraries and many other services that are regularly used by those under 30. Remember: Interest from Among her priorities are protecting Arizona's water rights and natural resources as well as affordable health care for middle-income families, she said. CAMPAIGN PROFILE investments means that less money has to be collected in taxes. With lower taxes, someone under 30 can keep more of what they earn and have the freedom to make choices about where they want to spend or invest. Maybe a first home, an IRA investment or starting a small business. As your chief deputy treasurer for the past 14 years I have made safe, secure investing a priority because better earnings translate into lower taxes. My own children, ages 19 and 22, participate in the election process not only to voice their opinion but to become better informed voters for the future of our state. Mesa senator tries for treasury post David Petersen of Mesa, state senator For a voter under 30, 1 would first ask them to consider how they manage their personal finances, thereby illuminating the awesome role the state treasurer has in minding the state's checkbook. This will help them understand how vitally important it is that the state treasurer safely invests the hard-earned dollars that they pay every year to the state. Additionally, I would in nun i in i -i in llliu.l. i II..H- l .n iiiw -W ' . ... .1 V ' s f I -' ' .n-" Bio NAME: David Petersen. OCCUPATION: State senator representing District 29. EDUCATION: Attended Arizona State University and the University of Phoenix, where he studied business, finance and economics. DATE OF BIRTH: Sept. 20, 1950. FAMILY: Married to Patti. The couple have eight children. HOW LONG IN ARIZONA: Born and raised in Mesa. tell them that the state treasurer must be a watchdog of accountability on appropriation projects that consume large portions of Arizona's budget. Lastly, I would tell them that once they decide who they think is the best leader for Arizona as the state's treasurer, they should get involved by contacting that candidate so they may educate other voters, both young and old, to ensure that the financial future of Arizona will be in the right hands. DEMOCRAT Heather WaltonThe Arizona Republic it By Klvia Diaz The Arizona Republic As a state senator for the past seven years, David Petersen has had a say over how Arizona spends its money. He now aspires to be the caretaker of the state's checkbook. Petersen, who represents District 29 in Mesa, can't seek re-election and so is turning to the state treasury as a way to remain in politics. He is counting on snatching the Republican nomination in September from Richard Pe-trenka, a longtime chief deputy treasurer. The winner will face Democratic state Sen. Ruth Solomon in November. Petersen admits it may be tough to outshine the extensive technical financial skills of his Republican opponent. But he quickly adds that shouldn't hinder his chances to become Arizona's treasurer and that he would have 30 staff members to help him out if he takes over the office. "Mine will be more of a political role," said Petersen, 51. "I will not be a faceless bureaucrat." During his tenure, Petersen has championed conservative social issues such as a law creating optional covenant marriages that require a lifetime commitment and make it hard-er to get a divorce. The senator and his wife, Patti, made that commitment Ruth Solomon of Tucson, state senator In answer to last week's question, I said that the treasurer should invest in Arizona so we can I will not be a faceless bureaucrat. ... The chief financial officer for the state should speak up about wasteful expenditures. (4,ij r i f W continue to prosper in an environment that fosters ( quality education, health care and economic onnnrtunitu Ynnno untpre nnrlprcranrl that tnHau'c r i ....-j. 'o - - - j investment strategies are a key factor in improving our education system, securing good paying jobs and building the infrastructure needed David Petersen Candidate for state treasurer than 20 years, mainly selling products to small businesses and providing retirement advice to individuals. The treasurer's job matters to people because millions of dollars are at stake, he said. Responsibilities range from keeping accurate account of the state's checkbook to investing millions of dollars from cities and counties. "We certainly don't have a lot of money to waste," said Petersen, pointing to the huge budget deficit that Arizona is likely to face next year. "We should be very conservative with our tax dollars." Reach the reporter at elvia.diazarizonarepublic.com or (602) 444-8948. to support our growth. They know that the treasurer's job is more than signing checks and are aware of the link between the treasurer's office and quality of life issues important to their generation. Quiz the Candidates is a regular feature giving readers a chance to see where statewide candidates stand on critical issues. What question do you want answered? E-mail your suggestions for candidates for attorney general, superintendent of public instruction, secretary of state or treasurer to tom.sprattarizonarepublic.com, or fax them to (602) 444-8044. Please include your name, hometown and daytime phone number. We will publish the name of the reader submitting the featured question. shortly after celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary in 1998. He made headlines with his failed attempt to allow sex offenders to refuse treatment for religious or other reasons. The senator said he also worked hard to cut the time it takes to adopt a child and improve the lives of those in fos ter care. As treasurer, he would be as outspoken as he has been in the Senate and would advise lawmakers of ways to save money, he said. "The chief financial officer for the state should speak up about wasteful expenditures," said Petersen, who has been in financial services for more OUTSIDE THE VALLEY CAMPAIGN CALENDAR July 4 Great Danes' size commands respect Initiative petitions. Deadline of 5 p.m. for filing constitutional and initiative petitions for measures on the fall ballot. A total of 101,762 signatures are required for initiatives and 152,643 for constitutional amendments. July 9 Richardson fund-raiser. A fund-raiser for Elaine Richardson, a candidate for the new 7th Congressional District in southern Arizona, will be at 5:30 p.m. at 6036 E. Sage Drive in Scottsdale. July 17 Tucson light rail loses support for Nov. ballot Associated Press TUCSON Light-rail advocates have given up their push to place a new transportation proposal on the Nov. 5 ballot. Citizens for a Sensible Transportation Solution came up short of the 12,777 signatures needed to file by Thursday's deadline, said Andy Mosier, the group's chairman. The group wants to expand Sun Tran and Van Tran bus service while building a 13-mile light-rail line and bolstering street maintenance and bike path construction. The proposal would fund those improvements through tax increases and fare-box revenues. Mosier said the group would save the collected signatures and gather more to secure a spot on the city's 2003 fall ballot. Legislative forum. A legislative candidates forum will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Southeast Regional Library, 755 N. Greenfield Road, Gilbert. A luncheon will be sponsored by the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce. Admission is $15 for chamber members and $25 for non-members, including lunch. Reservations may be made before July 11 by calling (480) 892-0056. By Kimbcrly Matas Arizona Daily Star TUCSON No one messes with Jessica Proctor when she takes evening strolls with her canine companions Scout and Huckleberry. That's because she has about 300 pounds of dog tethered to the end of the leashes. The boys are Great Danes. Three-year-old Huck weighs in at just 120 pounds, but 15-month-old sleek, black Scout tips the scales at 178 pounds, significantly more than Proctor herself. "People clear the street for me. They won't let anyone come near me," she said. "They're really good protectors. Huck doesn't like anyone who messes with me." Despite their size, Proctor says her boys are "big babies." Neither are fond of cats, but both like dogs and Huck loves children. Huck is the mellower of the two and likes sitting on laps. "People think he's about to pee on them because he lifts his leg to sit on them," she said while Huck perched on the lap of his "godmother," Chelsea Brewer, who met Proctor when the women worked together at a boarding kennel. Huck was a mess when Proctor took him in two years ago. His previous owners decided they did not want the large canine when they realized how big he would grow and how much he ate. They kept him in the back yard with another, more aggressive dog, who picked on Huck. When the har- V f" ) Quote of the day Man BechererAnzona Daily Star Jessica Proctor gets a hug from her dog Huckleberry in her back yard in Tucson. Proctor took in the maltreated Great Dane two years ago. It's like the multiplier effect Every time we spend $1, it's $2 in attack ads against it. That's the hand we've been dealt. lequin-coated dog with white fur and black patches moved in to Proctor's Midtown duplex, he was severely malnourished, weighing less than 100 pounds, had a bad sunburn on the lighter patches of his skin, and had so many worms it took three treatments to get rid of them. Huck has beefed up to 120 pounds, but he is still skinny by comparison to his companion. Scout. Now, he's a "big mama's boy," Proctor said. When Proctor brought Scout home from a breeder at 10 weeks old, Huck hated him. Every time the pup moved around, Huck would growl. Now, however, "they absolutely love each other." "They have WWF smack-down sessions in my house," Proctor said. aztentralcom Check out Iegisi3tiiraazcentral.com for stories and editorials. azieg.state.az.us for bill status. Chrff Bowen. campaign manager for gubernatorial candidate Matt Salmon, talking about the unfairness of Salmon's opponents reaping the benefits of his private fund-raising.

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