Navajo County Supervisor Sylvia Allen might find herself back in the Arizona Senate before the end of the year.
And if she does, it would be under eerily similar circumstances to her first stint in the Legislature.
According to the Arizona Capitol Times, Allen announced she wanted to be the designated Republican nominee for Sen. Chester Crandell’s seat in the Nov. 4 general election.
Crandell of Heber died earlier this month after falling from a horse. He was running unopposed in the Republican primary for the Senate seat from District 6, which also includes Flagstaff. His name will remain on the Aug. 26 primary ballot and all votes cast for him will still be counted.
According to Arizona Revised Statutes, after the primary the Republican Party Precinct committees from each of the counties represented by Crandell will meet and pick a candidate for November’s general election.
In the meantime, the Navajo County Republican Precinct Committee will submit to the Navajo County Board of Supervisors the names of three people to fill the rest of Crandell’s term. The supervisors will pick one of the nominees to fill the seat until the newly elected senator takes office in January.
Allen has plenty of experience working with the Arizona Senate. According to the Arizona Republic, she was appointed to the Senate in June 2008 to fill the remainder of Sen. Jake Flake’s term.
Flake died from a heart attack after falling off his horse. Flake was also running for re-election unopposed.
Allen then ran for the District 5 Senate seat in 2008 and won. She served in the Senate until 2012, when she ran for and was elected to the Navajo County Board of Supervisors.
All of Arizona’s legislative and congressional districts were redistricted after the 2012 presidential election, and LD 6 now stretches from the White Mountains west along the Mogollon Rim and dips down to include Sedona and Camp Verde.
As a legislator Allen served as the Senate’s president pro tempore and as the chairman of the Border Security, State’s Rights and Sovereignty committees. She also served on the Appropriations, Education and Rural Development committees.
Allen lives in Snowflake and is a real estate agent.
If Allen is picked as the Republican candidate for the general election, she will face off against independent Tom O’Halleran of Sedona. No Democrats have filed to run for the seat.
O’Halleran is also a former Arizona legislator. He represented District 1 in the Arizona Senate as a Republican from 2007 to 2009 and was unseated by Steve Pierce in the 2008 primary. O’Halleran also served in the Arizona House of Representatives from 2001 through 2006.
O’Halleran is a former police officer and business owner.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.