About Primary Election Endorsements

The HVA Primary Voter Guide does not include all of our endorsements. We will be making additional recommendations for the general election which will be posted on our website. The General Electoin Guide will be more comprehensive and include recommendations on ballot measures.

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 positions on issues related to animals. Voting records, when available, are always given more weight than questionnaire responses. Endorsements for incumbents are based on the 2021 and 2022 legislative reports. Endorsements for former legislators are based on previous reports.

The HVA Board and Election Team 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, we have made no endorsements. HVA has not endorsed candidates based solely on survey responses, but we have acknowledged candidates who have submitted excellent survey responses. We recommend that voters review those surveys and contact candidates if they have questions.

This election has been especially challenging for making endorsements. Redistricting has created races where legislators who previously were in different districts are now running against each other. There are some races that have more pro-animal candidates than the number of seats. In the new LD 5, three incumbent House Democrats in two different districts are competing for two seats against two other Democratic competitors. Reps Amish Shah, Jennifer Longdon, and Sarah Liguori all have excellent voting records and survey submissions. However, Rep. Shah stands out for his tireless, dedicated efforts for animals. He has partnered with Rep. John Kavanagh to sponsor several animal protection bills over the past two sessions, and his bill to restrict fireworks passed in the 2022 session.

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.

For federal election information and endorsements visit the Humane Society Legislative Fund.

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. If you’re not sure what new legislative district you reside in, you can get all information at https://www.arizona.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 info@humanevotersaz.org.

Primary Election Voter Guide

Endorsed Candidates for AZ State House of Representatives

DistrictCandidate
LD 1Quang Nguyen (i)
LD 2Judy Schweibert (i)
LD 5Amish Shah (i)*†
LD 6Myron Tsosie (i)
LD 8Melody Hernandez (i)
LD 13Jennifer Pawlik (i)*
LD 18 Christopher Mathis (i)
LD 20Andrés Cano (i)
LD 21Stephanie Stahl Hamilton (i)
LD 22Lorenzo Sierra (i)*
LD 26Christian Solorio Acuña (i)

†Reps Amish Shah, Jennifer Longdon, and Sarah Liguori all have excellent voting records and survey submissions. However, Rep. Shah stands out for his tireless, dedicated efforts for animals. Please review legislative reports and surveys for candidates not included in this endorsement list.

Endorsed Candidates for AZ State Senate

DistrictCandidate
LD 3John Kavanagh*
LD 4Christine Marsh (i)*
LD 5Lela Alston (i)*
LD 6Theresa Hatathlie (i)
LD 12Mitzi Epstein *
LD 18Morgan Abraham *
LD 21Rosanna Gabaldón (i)
LD 22Richard Andrade *
LD 26Raquel Terán (i)

Key

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 info@humanevotersaz.org.

Candidates with Excellent Survey Responses

HVA would like to acknowledge the following candidates who have no voting record but submitted excellent survey responses with detailed comments. We recommend that voters review them for consideration in the primary election. You can access the complete survey sent to candidates here.

Candidate District/Body
Jeanne Casteen02 Senate
Thomas Dugger03 Senate
Laura Terech04 House
Brianna Westbrook05 House
Roxana Holzapfel08 Senate
Caden Darrow08 House
Oscar de los Santos11 House
Stacey Travers12 House
Paul Weich12 House
Patty Contreras12 House
Josh Askey13 House
Cindy Hans13 Senate
Michael Morris13 Senate
Alan Smith15 Senate
Nancy Gutierrez18 House
Sanda Clark 19 House
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