About Primary Election Endorsements

Humane Voters of Arizona (HVA) is an all-volunteer, non-partisan organization that supports state legislative candidates who care about animals and animal protection.

In races in which HVA is making endorsements, those endorsements are made on a non-partisan basis, considering HVA legislative reports and questionnaires. Please note that we only have legislative reports for incumbents and former legislators, and we only have questionnaires for candidates who have responded to our request. Voting records, when available, are always given more weight than questionnaire responses. Endorsements for incumbents are based on 2019 and 2020 legislative reports. Endorsements for former legislators are based on previous reports.

The HVA Board approves all endorsements, which are based primarily on analyses of actions that candidates have taken in the past with regard to animal protection issues and on their stated positions on these issues. For candidates who do not have a historical record and have not provided written position statements, HVA has made no endorsements.

When making endorsements, HVA may also consider other factors including opposing candidates, PAC funding, and the climate of the legislative district. Some endorsed candidates do not have excellent voting records but would likely be better lawmakers on animal protection issues than their opponents.

In primary races where there are no HVA endorsements, please refer to legislative reports (for incumbents and former legislators) and candidate survey responses, which are posted on the HVA website.

“Single-Shot” Voting”: In Arizona House races voters choose two representatives for each legislative district. In LDs where HVA has endorsed only one candidate, please consider casting a single vote for the endorsed candidate, which will maximize their odds against opponents where votes are split.

HVA will be making additional recommendations for the general election and will post the Voter Guide on our website.

For federal election information and endorsements visit the Humane Society Legislative Fund or Animal Wellness Action.

Be a Voice for Arizona’s Animals by voting in the state primary election, where many races are decided. Please share this voter guide with other animal advocates and encourage them to vote.

Candidates who support animal protection need your help! Please consider pitching in to help HVA elect animal-friendly legislators and to volunteer on their campaigns! If you can help, please contact us at humanevotersarizona@cox.net.

Legislative Endorsements for 2020 Primary Election

Candidates for Arizona State House of Representatives

Legislative District Candidate Name
LD 2Andrea Dalessandro
LD2Daniel Hernandez (i)
LD 3Andres Cano (i)
LD 3Alma Hernandez (i)
LD 4Charlene Fernandez (i)
LD 4 Geraldine Peten (i)
LD 6Walter Blackman (i)*
LD 7Arlando Teller (i)
LD 7Myron Tsosie (i)
LD 8Sharon Girard *
LD 9Randall Friese (i)*
LD 9Pamela Powers Hannley (i)
LD 10 Domingo DeGrazia (i)*
LD 14Kim Beach-Moschetti *
LD 17Jennifer Pawlik (i)
LD 18Mitzi Epstein (i)*
LD 18Jennifer Jermaine (i)*
LD 19Diego Espinoza (i)
LD 19 Lorenzo Sierra (i)
LD 21Kathy Knecht *
LD 22Kathleen Honne *
LD 23John Kavanagh (i)*
LD 23Eric Kurland *
LD 24Jennifer Longdon (i)
LD 34Amish Shah (i)*
LD 26Debbie Nez-Manuel *
LD 26Athena Salman (i)*
LD 27Reginald Bolding (i)
LD 27Diego Rodriguez (i)*
LD 28Kelli Butler (i)*
LD 28Aaron Lieberman (i)
LD 29Richard Andrade (i)*
LD 29 Cesar Chavez (i)
LD 30Robert Meza (i)
LD 30Raquel Teran (i)

Candidates for Arizona State Senate

Legislative DistrictCandidate Name
LD 2Rosanna Gabaldon *
LD 3Sally Ann Gonzales (i)
LD 4Lisa Otondo (i)
LD 6Felicia French
LD 7Jamescita Peshlakai (i)
LD 9Victoria Steele (i)*
LD 10Kirsten Engel (i)*
LD 11Linda Patterson *
LD 12Lynsey Robinson *
LD 18Sean Bowie (i)*
LD 19Lupe Contreras (i)
LD 24Lela Alston (i)*
LD 26Juan Mendez (i)*
LD 27Rebecca Rios (i)*
LD 29Martin Quezada (i)*
LD 30Tony Navarette (i)


LD = Legislative District
(i) = Incumbent
* = Responded to HVA Questionnaire

Please Note: HVA has not endorsed candidates in all legislative districts.

In legislative races where there are no HVA endorsements, please refer to legislative reports (for incumbents and former legislators) and candidate survey responses, which are posted here.

If you have questions or comments, please contact us at humanevotersarizona@cox.net.

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