View LD 9 House Clean Elections debate: Rep. Ethan Orr vs. Dr. Randy Friese

On Wednesday September 3, 2014 a Citizens Clean Election Commission debate was held at PCC downtown between LD 9 House contenders:  incumbent Republican Rep. Ethan Orr and his Democrat challenger Dr. Randy Friese.  Democrat LD 9 Rep. Victoria Steele is also in this race but had an out of town commitment prior to the scheduling of this debate.

About 65 people attended this debate, including Ward 6 Councilman Steve Kozachik (a Democrat) and Pima County  Dem Party Chair Don Jorgensen.

Voters have to choose 2 candidates for 2 AZ House seats in the General Election for LD 9, between these 3 individuals running.

View the video of this debate posted by CCEC:


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DrFriesefor Dr. Friese got his M.D. from the University of Md. School of Medicine and since 2008 has been an Associate Trauma Medical Director at UA., Rep. Orr is  a former Executive Director of a statewide organization dedicated to helping Veterans and people with disabilities find employment, and has his MPA from the UA. 

Dr. Randy Friese

Dr. Randy Friese


Rep. Ethan Orr

Rep. Ethan Orr






Democrat State Senator Steve Farley of LD 9 is running unopposed in this district.

And in case you’re wondering, here the latest voter registration numbers for LD 9 from Pima County Recorder’s Office: Democrats 40,984 Republicans 36, 435 Others 35,599 Libertarians 1041 Green 452 AEL 9.

Vote wisely on or before November 4, 2014.

2 responses to “View LD 9 House Clean Elections debate: Rep. Ethan Orr vs. Dr. Randy Friese

  1. Carolyn Classen

    Tucson Weekly issued this statement re: LD 9 race in 10/9/14 issue: “This is a tough call. Legislative District 9, which includes north-central Tucson, the Catalina Foothills and the Casas Adobes area, is now represented by Republican Ethan Orr and Democrat Victoria Steele. Democrats hope to knock out Orr with Dr. Randy Friese, a smart trauma doc who first made local headlines when he helped save many of those wounded in the mass shooting at Gabby Giffords’ Congress on Your Corner on Jan. 8, 2011.

    We like the job that Steele has done at the Legislature and find ourselves aligned with Friese on most issues. But we also respect Orr for crossing party lines to support Gov. Jan Brewer’s Medicaid expansion, as well as his support for educational and other programs in Southern Arizona, even though we disagree with other issues, particularly when it comes to abortion and gun rights.

    It comes down to this: If you want to see more Democrats in the Arizona House of Representatives, you should vote for Steele and Friese. If you want to reward a relatively sensible Republican who is willing to sometimes cross party lines, vote for Ethan Orr and one of the other Democrats”.

  2. Carolyn Classen

    AZ Daily Star has endorsed both these candidates Dr. Freise and Rep. Orr for these 2 House seats in LD 9, over incumbent Rep. Victoria Steele. Read article on page A9 of today’s Star or online here: