Bill was an attempt to purge ‘liberals’
By Dustin Gardiner | The Republic
An Arizona lawmaker’s effort to make elections for city and town offices partisan contests received swift rejection Wednesday by a committee in the state House of Representatives.
Members of the House Committee on Local and International Affairs voted 5-2 to kill the legislation, which would have affected elections for mayor and city council. The vast majority of the state’s 91 cities and towns hold nonpartisan elections — Republican, Democrat and other political party designations do not appear on the ballot.
Rep. Jay Lawrence, R-Scottsdale, introduced House Bill 2032, which would have required all cities and towns to print a candidate’s party affiliation next to his or her name.