Sun, July 21

New LD6 sports four experienced newcomers

Previous to last year's redistricting, all of Yavapai County was in District 1.

But new district boundaries have split off the eastern portion of old District 1 and joined it with portions of Gila, Navajo and Coconino counties, including the communities Flagstaff, Williams, Payson, Holbrook and Snowflake, to form the new District 6.

Four candidates, two Republicans and two Democrats, will vie this November for the district's two open seats in the State House of Representatives.

The only incumbent in the race is Republican Brenda Barton of Safford, who currently represents District 5.

The other three candidates, none of whom have ever held elected office, are Republican Bob Thorpe of Flagstaff, and Democrats Angela Lefevre of Sedona and Doug Ballard from Parks.

Brenda Barton (Rep)

A native and former employee of the City of Safford, Barton was elected to the Arizona House in 2010. She is a fifth generation Arizonan who cut her teeth in business as a real estate agent in Orange County, Calif.

She served two terms as the president of the Graham County Republican Women, as well as serving on a statewide level for Republican women. She was also served as an officer for People of the West!, an organization that fought radical environmental groups in the 1990s.

Barton lives in Payson with her husband Bruce.

Angela LeFevre (Dem)

Sedona resident Angela Lefevre is the only candidate running for office in the new LD6 who resides in the Verde Valley.

Born in Leeds, England, LeFevere has been involved in politics since before she came to the United States to live in 1981.

Locally she has served on the board of the Democrats of the Red Rocks and as the organization's president for the last three years, prior to running for office.

She has also served on Friends of the Forest, Keep Sedona Beautiful and on the board of the local Sierra Club.

Doug Ballard (Dem)

Doug Ballard was the planning and development director for the City of Chandler, from 1994 to 2008 and touts his experience helping draw Intel and Motorola to the city.

He has a master's degree in city and regional planning from the University of Ohio, Columbus. He has been married for 33 years and has with two sons.

Ballard has no previous political experience, but says he worked for the Mo Udall presidential campaign in 1976 and has a campaign button to prove it.

A Democrat for 38 years, he currently lives in Parks, Ariz., west of Flagstaff.

Robert Thorpe (Rep)

A Tea Party Republican, Robert Thorpe is a lecturer and author of "Reclaim Liberty: A three step plan for restoring our constitutional government."

He has worked for the aerospace and computer software industries, Walt Disney, Price Waterhouse Accounting, as a teacher, a tutor and as a volunteer firefighter.

He is also a founding member of the Balanced Budget Amendment Task Force, an organization that educates state legislators on using Article 5 of the Constitution to pass a balanced budget amendment.

An avid outdoorsman, Thorpe lives in Flagstaff in an ultra energy efficient solar home.