Meet your Legislative District 29, 30 candidates

By: 
CARY HINES, Assistant editor
Glendale voters’ ballots will be bursting with choices this primary midterm election.
All voters will see state races such as governor, secretary of state and superintendent of public instruction on their ballots, and depending on where in Glendale they live, they will also see U.S. representative in District 7 or 8; state senator and representative in District 13, 20, 22, 29 or 30; and justice of the peace and constable in Arrowhead, Manistee or North Valley Precinct.
Additionally, voters in the Barrel, Cholla and Ocotillo districts will see City Council candidates on their ballots.
The primary election is Aug. 28. Any City Council candidate who gets more than 50 percent of the votes will win outright; otherwise a runoff election will be held on Election Day. The top vote getters from each party in the state, federal and legislative races will face off on Election Day, which is Nov. 6 this year.
Early voting for the primary begins Aug. 1. The deadline to mail back early ballots is Aug. 22, and early voting ends Aug. 24.
To register to vote, go to www.arizona.vote/ or servicearizona.com/voterRegistration.
To request an early ballot, go to https://recorder.maricopa.gov/earlyvotingballot/earlyvotingballotrequest.aspx.
To find out which City Council district you live in, visit https://www.glendaleaz.com/Clerk/elections.cfm.
To find out which federal and legislative district you live in, go to https://recorder.maricopa.gov/pollingplace/getdistrict.aspx.
To find your polling location, go to https://recorder.maricopa.gov/pollingplace/ or https://voter.azsos.gov/VoterView/PollingPlaceSearch.do.
The Glendale Star has compiled brief biographies of the candidates from the Secretary of State’s website as well as candidates’ websites and other sources.
This issue contains biographies of the Legislative District 29 and 30 candidates.


State Representative

District 29

Democrat

Richard Andrade
Richard Andrade is serving his second term as a state representative for District 29.
He was born in Winslow and spent his childhood moving between Arizona, California and New Mexico.
He graduated from Gallup High School in Gallup, N.M., in 1982 and served in the U.S. Air Force from 1982 to 1990. He was stationed at Luke Air Force Base in Glendale and was an aircraft pneudraulics system specialist on F-15 aircraft. While serving, he also attended non-commissioned officer (NCO) leadership schools. He was also the assistant NCO in charge of the Luke Air Force Base Honor Guard. Between 1990 and 1994, he worked in restaurant management and as a lab technician for Allied Signal Aerospace. In 1994, he was hired by the former Santa Fe Railroad, now BNSF Railway. In 1995, he was promoted to certified locomotive engineer and continues today to work as an engineer.
While employed at BNSF, he became active with the United Transportation Union, now known as Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (SMART). He has held several offices in his Lodge 1081, including vice president, vice local chairman of the Engineman Committee and the alternate legislative representative. He has attended AFL-CIO conventions and participated in Day of Action at the state Capitol. He was also active with the On Site Safety Committee, which was established to address safety concerns on the railroad.
In 2011, he and his wife, Sally, lobbied the Arizona Legislature to pass an aggressive dog law known as Fabian’s Law.
He sits on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee as a ranking member and the Military, Veterans and Regulatory Affairs Committee as a ranking member.
He has been married for 28 years and lived in Glendale for 24 years.
 
Cesar Chavez
César Chávez is serving his first term as a state representative for District 29.
He has lived in the district for more than 20 years.
Born in Guanajuato, Mexico, in 1987, he and his parents immigrated to the United States when he was 3 years old, first settling just outside of Philadelphia, and in 1996, moving to Phoenix where they purchased their first home in the Maryvale community.
In 2006, he graduated from Metro Tech Vocational High School.
 

State Senator

District 29

Democrat

Martin Quezada
Martin Quezada is serving his second term as a state senator for District 29. He is the minority whip. Before becoming a state senator, he was appointed to the Arizona state House of Representatives in District 13 to fill a vacancy and was later elected to the state House of Representatives in District 29.
He is a native of Phoenix and was born and spent his early childhood in Maryvale where he attended St. Vincent de Paul Elementary School. He is also a 1995 graduate of Peoria Centennial High School, 1998 graduate of Glendale Community College, 2001 graduate of Arizona State University West and 2008 graduate of the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University.
After receiving his bachelor’s degree in administration of justice and ethnic studies from ASU West, he spent five years working as a research analyst/policy adviser to the Democrat Caucus in the Arizona Senate and the Arizona House of Representatives before being accepted into law school at ASU. While in law school, he served as president of the ASU Chicano/Latino Law Students Association, and served in the Graduate & Professional Students Association representing the law school in ASU’s graduate student government. He was honored with the Congressman Ed Pastor Outstanding Graduate Student Award at the 2008 Hispanic Convocation. After receiving his doctorate, he served a judicial clerkship for Judge Patricia Orozco on the Arizona Court of Appeals.
He serves on numerous boards and commissions in the community including the ASU Los Diablos Latino Alumni Association, the Maryvale Village Planning Committee, the West Phoenix Revitalization Community Advisory Board and the Los Abogados Hispanic Bar Association Board of Directors. He was named as one of the Univision Radio/AZ Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Top 40 Hispanic Leaders Under Age 40 in 2009.
In November 2009, he opened the doors to the Law Office of Martín J. Quezada, PLLC, where he practices in the areas of criminal defense and domestic relations. He has also practiced in the areas of civil litigation and election law.
He lives in the West Valley where he was elected to the Pendergast Elementary School District Governing Board in the 2010 general election.
 

State Representative

District 30

Democrat

Bill Brotherton
Bill Brotherton has lived in Legislative District 30 for 44 years. He is a third-generation native and is married with two children who were born and raised in District 30.
He served in the Arizona House of Representatives from 1998 to 2003 and Arizona Senate from 2003 to 2007. He served as ranking Democratic member on the House and Senate Judiciary, Rules and Ethics Committees; member House Banking and Insurance committee; and on the Senate Family Services Committee. In 2007, Gov. Janet Napolitano appointed him to the State Superior Court where he served for more than 10 years.
He graduated from Cortez High School, Glendale Community College and Grand Canyon College. He went on to get his law degree at the University of Arizona.
He served on the Grand Canyon University Board of Trustees from 2003 to 2004 and on the Magnet Traditional School Advisory Council.
He won a Freedom of Information Award from the Arizona Newspapers Association. He has coached flag football and Little League baseball. He is a 2004 Planned Parenthood Choice Award winner and Hall of Fame member of the Sierra Club.
He has been a partner at O’Steen and Harrison law firm for 15 years.
 
Alejandro Larios
Alejandro Larios grew up in District 30, attending PT Coe Elementary, Pueblo Del Sol Middle School and Alhambra High School. His first job was in District 30 and he bought his first home in the district.
 
 
Robert Meza
Robert Meza is in his fourth term as state senator for District 30. Before serving as a state senator, he served four terms in the state House of Representatives in District 14. He sits on three standing committees: Commerce and Workforce Development, Government, and Natural Resources.
He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame.
He is a third-generation Phoenician.
After graduating from the University of Notre Dame, he began his career in the private sector, in banking and finance. While working in the private sector, he also volunteered with community organizations such as Friendly House, the Muscular Dystrophy Association and the Phoenix Theatre.
He is the past board president of Parenting Arizona and sits on the board of the YMCA and the Arizona Chapter of Autism Care and Treatment (ACT).
 
Raquel Teran
Raquel Teran is the campaign director for ISTANDWITHPP, a campaign fighting to protect affordable healthcare and women’s reproductive rights.
She recently was the regional director of Mi Familia Vota’s Education Fund, committed to increasing civic participation through grassroots mobilization. She serves on the board of Chicanos Por La Causa, a nonprofit dedicated to improving the quality of life for Arizonans through housing, education and workforce development.
She is married and has one son.
 

Republican

Gary Spears
No biography found.
 
 
 
 

State Senator

District 30

Democrat

Otoniel Navarrete
Otoniel Navarrete is serving his first term as a state representative for District 30.
He was born and raised in Arizona and serves as the deputy director of Promise Arizona.
He was raised in West Phoenix and attended the Isaac School District. He graduated from Carl Hayden Community High School, and later earned an undergraduate degree in urban and metropolitan studies from Arizona State University.

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