David Stevens

 

Republican David W. Stevens is a former member of the Arizona House of Representatives, representing District 25 from 2009 to 2013 and District 14 from 2013 to 2017. Before winning office, Stevens ran unsuccessfully in 2002 and 2004. He was elected Cochise County Recorder in the 2022 election.
'$200K Gone To Waste' As Arizona County Buys Unusable 'Fraud-Proof' Ballot Paper
"Tall tales about China influencing the 2020 presidential election with nefarious bamboo-filled ballots were ridiculed by most elections experts -- but not by Cochise County Recorder David Stevens. CNN's Donie O'Sullivan reported on Friday that Stevens has invested $200,000 in purported "fraud-proof" paper to use for ballots in elections, only to see the returns on that investment go up in smoke. In an interview with O'Sullivan, Stevens defended his decision to buy the special ballot paper due to unverified "concerns"".
Mar. 15, 2024
Arizona Pilot For Secure Ballot Paper Won’t Move Forward As Planned
"Cochise County supervisors on Tuesday voted 1-2 against extending the time period for a $1 million state grant for the secure ballot paper that expired in May — this means County Recorder David Stevens’ proposed contract with Authentix will not move forward. Supervisors Ann English and Peggy Judd voted no, and Supervisor Tom Crosby voted yes. The “no” vote means that Stevens will only be able to use supplies he had already ordered from Runbeck Election Services, which cost $187,500, to test watermarks on ballots as part of the pilot, and will not be able to hire Authentix and one other company that had applied separately for the work, ProVoteSolutions. An item on Tuesday’s meeting to approve a contract with the two companies was nullified. Texas-based Authentix has partnered with former state Rep. Mark Finchem to try to make its security products mandatory on ballots across the country. A Votebeat investigation published earlier this month found that Stevens — a good friend of Finchem — appeared to have tailored the Cochise pilot to fit Authentix’s products."
Aug. 23, 2023
Cochise County Elections Official Questions Petition Gatherers
"Petition gatherers for the Recall Tom Crosby campaign were approached by Cochise County Recorder and Interim Elections Director David Stevens Friday morning, who claimed that they were illegally gathering signatures on federal land near the Hereford Post Office. [...] McCloy said that he had permission to gather signatures on the property, to which McCloy said Stevens replied, “‘well, there might be some mistake, but this is federal property — post office property — and it’s illegal to do anything political. And therefore, you must leave. And I said ‘well, that’s not the way I understand it.’ Then, he said ‘well, I’ll call the Sheriff.’ And he went ahead and did.
Apr. 1, 2023
Arizona Sues After County Puts An Election Skeptic In Charge Of Voting
"The county’s nonpartisan elections director, Lisa Marra, announced in January that she would resign, citing threats against her after she refused to comply with rogue election directives from the Republicans who control county government, including plans to count ballots by hand after last year’s midterm elections. She recently accepted a position with the secretary of state’s office. The county’s board of supervisors then made David W. Stevens, the Republican recorder, the interim elections director, with the board’s two G.O.P. members supporting the new power structure in a Feb. 28 vote, and its lone Democrat opposing it. On Tuesday, Kris Mayes, who was narrowly elected as Arizona’s attorney general in November and took office in January, filed a lawsuit against the county and called the power shift an “unqualified handover.” Mr. Stevens, a defendant in the lawsuit, has close ties to Mark Finchem, a former state representative and vocal election denier who was recently punished by a judge for a frivolous lawsuit that had challenged his loss in the 2022 secretary of state’s race."
Mar. 8, 2023
How An Arizona official Is Making Cochise County A “Laboratory” For Election Skepticism
"Recorder David Stevens — a close ally to Mark Finchem — pursued the county’s illegal plan to hand count midterm ballots and stands to take more control of elections there." [...] "David Stevens had never supervised a ballot count. He didn’t know how he would count nearly 50,000 ballots by hand, who would help, or where he would find enough space to do it. But that didn’t dissuade him. Less than a month before the November election, Stevens, the Cochise County recorder, told the county supervisors he would be happy to try. Arizona GOP leaders had spent two years promoting unfounded claims about compromised vote-counting machines, and were scouring the state for a county that would willingly hand-count ballots. They found it in Cochise County, where Stevens grasped onto the idea, devised a plan, and stoked the sentiment starting to take hold locally."
Feb. 7, 2023
Center for Arizona Policy
2014 Candidate Questionnaire
Position Sought: State Representative LD-14
Question 9: Arizona’s voter-approved constitutional definition of marriage should be defended to the fullest extent legally possible.
Candidates' Position: Support
Question 11: Adding “sexual orientation,” “gender identity,” or “gender expression” to the protected classes of race, religion, age, sex, and ancestry in antidiscrimination law.
Candidates' Position: Oppose
Question 15: Protecting individuals and businesses from being required to provide services or use their artistic expression in a manner that violates their moral or religious beliefs.*
Candidates' Position: Support
Discriminatory "Religious Freedom" laws.
Corruption At The Arizona Capitol
"Then there is Rep. David Stevens (R-Sierra Vista) who is trying to fix a contract for his favorite lobbyist"
Mar. 30, 2014
Representative David Stevens Wants To Pay Bureaucrats To Stall Public Records Requests
Feb. 19, 2014

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Center for Arizona Policy
2012 Candidate Questionnaire
Position Sought: State Representative LD-14
Question 9: Amending the United States Constitution to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
Candidates' Position: Support
Question 11: Adding “sexual orientation,” “gender identity,” or “gender expression” to the protected classes of race, religion, age, sex, and ancestry in nondiscrimination law.
Candidates' Position: Oppose
Question 15: Protecting professionals from being required to provide services that violate their moral or religious beliefs.*
Candidates' Position: Support
Discriminatory "Religious Freedom" laws.
Center for Arizona Policy
2010 Survey Questions For Arizona And County Candidates
Position Sought: State Representative LD-25
Question 9: Amending the United States Constitution to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
Candidates' Position: Support
Question 12: Adding “sexual orientation,” “gender identity,” or “gender expression” to the protected classes of race, religion, age, sex, and ancestry in nondiscrimination law.
Candidates' Position: Oppose
Question 15: Protecting professionals from being required to provide services that violate their moral or religious beliefs.*
Candidates' Position: Support
Discriminatory "Religious Freedom" laws.
 
Center for Arizona Policy
2008 Survey Questions For Arizona Candidates
Position Sought: State Representative LD-25
Question 9: Amending the United States Constitution to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
Candidates' Position: Support
Question 11: Adding “sexual orientation,” “gender identity,” or “gender expression” to the protected classes of race, religion, age, sex, and ancestry in nondiscrimination law.
Candidates' Position: Oppose
 
  

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