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Meet new Arizona lawmaker Rep. Chester Crandell, R-Heber

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Rep. Chester Crandell

Rep. Chester Crandell (select another legislator)


District 5

Profession: Retired school superintendent and agricultural educator.

Committee Assignments: Education Committee, Environment Committee, Agriculture and Water Committee (vice chairman).

Previous or Current Elected Offices: none.

Highlights of Community Involvement: Superintendent of the Northern Arizona Vocational Institute of Technology Joint Technological Educational District for 10 years, lobbyist for education.

In His Words

Why He Ran:

“While I was the superintendent of the NAVIT district, I was also a public lobbyist, and so I came down here for that 10 years, working with legislation to help the JTED (Joint Technological Educational Districts) system. I retired in July when I decided I was going to run for state Legislature.”

His Focus:

“We have some of the best natural resources in the state — in our mining, in our timber industry, in our grazing. All of those are being impacted tremendously by federal regulation.”

A Bill: HB 2533, which would create a biennial budget.

“It forces us to look further down the road and to do some preparing, taking a look at, ‘Where are the actual needs?’ and, ‘What are some things that we can cut?’”

More information

To view the legislator’s official page, click here.

This is one of a series of new legislator personality profiles produced by Cronkite News.