The Legislative District 6 race had Democrat state representative candidate Felicia French, Republican state representative Walter Blackman and Republican state senator candidate Sylvia Allen in the lead of their races, as of 10 p.m. on Tuesday night.
At press time, French was in first with 31,279 votes, but Blackman was close with 31,050 and incumbent Republican State Rep. Bob Thorpe had 31,045 votes. Allen led for most of the night at 33,441 votes, but was 483 votes ahead of Democrat state senator candidate Wade Carlisle.
The only fully reported precinct was Yavapai County, but their votes were distributed pretty evenly across the six candidates. Coconino County was reporting 73 percent of their precincts, Navajo 40 percent and Gila had not updated.
None of the candidates could be reached for comments.
Legislative District 6 encompasses the cities of Flagstaff, Holbrook, Sedona and Payson and crosses over Coconino, Navajo, Yavapai and Gila counties.
The three Republicans combined running for state representative and senator LD 6 did not raise enough campaign dollars in total to surpass the top fundraising Democrat, French, according to data from the Arizona Secretary of State. French raised $135,382, while Allen, who raised the most for the LD 6 Republicans, picked up $69,622.
In total, the secretary of state’s finance data shows that LD6 Republicans raised $132,443 while LD 6 Democrats raised $316,712.
All candidates made education a large part of their platform.
Allen, from Snowflake, Arizona, worked as the chair of the education committee, where she pushed various bills to require recess for kindergarten to third graders and voted for teacher raises.
Thorpe, from Flagstaff, has sponsored and co-sponsored bills to create opportunities for public land ownership to be transferred from federal ownership to the state. He has also expanded gun rights for practicing state and federal officers in the state and hopes to continue working on the budget.
Blackman, from Snowflake, Ariz., is the only Republican on the ballot without a history in office. He is a veteran who was charged with raising sexual assault awareness in the Army.
Carlisle worked in a small business and was the vice mayor on the Holbrook City Council for 13 years. He placed education, protecting federal lands from mining and increased gun laws as central to his campaign, issues that Tyler and French both agreed on.
Tyler is currently the Mayor of Holbrook and is last in the bid for state representative. French, from Pine, Ariz., has experience as a veteran and nurse.