Meet your LD 21 candidates

By: 
CARY HINES, Assistant editor
Peoria voters’ ballots will be bursting with choices as everyone and his brother has thrown his name into the hat this primary midterm election.
All voters will see state races such as governor, secretary of state and superintendent of public instruction on their ballots, as well as U.S. senator and U.S. representative in District 8. Depending on where in Peoria voters live, they will see state senator and representative in District 21 or 22 and justice of the peace and constable in Arrowhead or Manistee Precinct.
Additionally, all voters will see mayor and voters in the Acacia, Palo Verde and Pine 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.peoriaaz.gov/government/mayor-and-city-council.
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 Peoria Times 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 21 candidates. Look for biographies of Legislative District 22 candidates in an upcoming issue.


State Representative

District 21

Democrat

Bradley Hughes
Bradley Hughes is a physician serving the West Valley. He performs house calls for residents who can’t make it to a doctor’s office.
He is originally from a small town in Kentucky and went to college and medical school in Louisville, Ky. He moved to Arizona in 2010 for residency.
He has two sons. His oldest is 6 and attends the Peoria public school system. His youngest is 3 and has a rare chromosome disorder.
 
Gilbert Romero
Gilbert Romero lives in the West Valley where more than three generations of his family have lived. He was the first in his family to graduate from Arizona State University.
He has been a Community Ambassador Program coordinator at Mountain Park Health Center since August 2017 and lives in Peoria.


Republican

Kevin Payne
Kevin Payne is a state representative in District 21.
He is a Navy veteran, serving eight years before being honorably discharged.
He has been married for more than 25 years, and has four children and seven grandchildren.
He has spent four years as an electrical engineer, three years as a self-employed aerospace technical consultant and 22 years in information technology.
He is a small business owner/operator.
He is first vice chairman for Republican Legislative District 21.
 
Tony Rivero
Tony Rivero is a state representative in District 21. 
He won the Acacia District seat on the Peoria City Council in 2010.
He grew up in the part of the West Valley that is now part of District 21. He attended Peoria Elementary School, Peoria High School and Arizona State University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s degree in public administration.
He has worked in the Peoria City Manager’s Office, as well as other city departments. Additionally, he interned for former Sen. Jon Kyl, and was a volunteer for Sen. John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign.
 

State Senator

District 21

Republican

Rick Gray
Rick Gray was born and raised in Omaha, Neb.
After Gray and his wife, Lisa, moved to Arizona, he started a small business, which focused on the Northwest Valley area.
He is a board member on the Sun City Homeowner’s Association and former chair for the Governmental Affairs Committee; board member on the Sun City Community Assistance Network; board member on Northwest Valley Connect; former board member on the Sun City Taxpayers Association; former board member on Sun City Area Transit; former member of the Peoria Rotary Club; precinct and state committeeman for Republican Legislative District 9; was elected second vice chair for Republican Legislative District 9; and precinct and state committeeman for Republican Legislative District 21.
He served in the Arizona House of Representatives for three terms. While serving in the House, he was the House majority whip; chair of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee; vice chair of the Rules Committee; and vice chair of the Commerce Committee.
He graduated from Grace University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree with a dual major in organizational leadership and biblical studies. He is in the process of completing a master’s degree in organizational leadership.
 
Randy Miller
Randy Miller is a retired senior deputy probation officer.
He has eight years of experience as a business owner, and is in real estate.

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