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Fred Knapp (13)

ABA Member Spotlight: Fred Knapp

Fred Knapp
Vice president, Tucson, CORE Construction, Inc.
Years in construction:  37
Years at CORE: 6
Years as an ABA member: 6
Role at CORE: Business development, project director and local liaison between owners, staff and subcontractors. I also, direct support and coordinate community service projects.

What’s one thing everyone should know about your company?
Since 1937, CORE has been a family-owned business. Headquartered in Phoenix, we have offices across the country from Reno, Nev., to Ft. Myers, Fla. Our emphasis is that service comes first.

What are recent projects you’ve worked on in Arizona?
Arbor De La Vita and Likens Hall (University of Arizona dormitories), Ed Pastor Justice Complex (Nogales), school projects for Continental, Sahuarita and Amphitheater districts and TUSD Solar.

What’s on your bucket list?
Professionally, I would like to leave the legacy that promotes our “CORE Values” — honesty, integrity and continuous improvement. Personally, we will see what the future holds.

Why did you join ABA?
I believe the work the ABA staff does through legislative initiatives and community service is not only important but crucial to the success of our industry.

How has being an ABA member contributed to your professional success?
It has assisted in validating our primary purpose and theme of serving our clients and the communities in which we work, along with giving us an opportunity to better ourselves as reflected in our CORE values. In retrospect, I believe it has enhanced our standing in the business community and in the eyes of our peers.

What is one of the biggest obstacles that the construction industry will face in 2015?
My biggest concern is the ability of the individual trades to have qualified personnel (in place) to man each and every project which will be under construction in the near future.

Kyrsten Sinema

Sinema will stay in Arizona’s 9th District

Democratic U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema won’t jump from her current district to the one being vacated by retiring Rep. Ed Pastor.

Sinema announced on her campaign Facebook page Thursday that she intends to seek re-election in her current 9th Congressional District that covers Tempe and other southeast Phoenix areas. The announcement comes a week after speculation emerged that she might change districts.

The 9th is a swing district that either party could win. Sinema won in 2012 by about four percentage points.

Pastor’s 7th District in south Phoenix is solidly Democratic, meaning Sinema could avoid a Republican challenge every two years if she switched and won.

Numerous Democrats plan to run in the 7th District. They include Sen. Steve Gallardo, Rep. Ruben Gallego and Maricopa County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox.


Arizona congressional races too close to call

Arizona’s three competitive congressional races were too close to call early Wednesday, including the Tucson-centered seat Rep. Ron Barber won in June to replace his former boss, Gabrielle Giffords.

Barber saw his small lead against Republican Martha McSally in the 2nd District disappear just before midnight, with McSally taking a tiny lead.

“We knew it was going to be close and this is exactly what we expected,” she said late Tuesday.

Barber reminded supporters that Giffords’ narrow 2010 win over Republican Jesse Kelly also wasn’t known for several days.

“We’ve got a little bit further to go,” he said. “It’s going to be tomorrow or the day after that.”

Both Giffords and Barber were wounded in January 2011 when a gunman opened fire at a “Congress on Your Corner” event for the then-congresswoman and her constituents. Eleven others also were wounded and six people were killed.

Giffords stepped down from Congress earlier this year to focus on her recovery. Barber beat Kelly in the June special election to replace her.

Kelly chose not to make a third run this fall. McSally, a retired Air Force fighter pilot, won the GOP nomination in August and sought to persuade some of the women and independents who swung to Barber in the special election.

“We knew it was going to be close and this is exactly what we expected,” she said late Tuesday.

In the new Phoenix-area 9th District, Democrat Kyrsten Sinema and Republican Vernon Parker were in a near dead heat.

Both Parker and Sinema acknowledged the wait would be long, and Parker urged his supporters to be patient because thousands of ballots remained uncounted.

“I am telling you all to hang in there,” Parker told supporters in Phoenix. “We will win this thing. I guarantee you.”

Republicans have a slight registration advantage in the district, which includes much of Tempe and parts of Phoenix, Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Mesa and Chandler. But both parties’ totals are exceeded by independents, and many believe it leans Democratic.

Sinema told supporters there was good reason to be optimistic.

“Right now we’re going to keep our heads high, take a deep breath and pray for every vote to be counted in this election,” she said.

In northeastern Arizona’s 1st District, Republican Jonathan Paton’s slight lead over Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick diminished as Tuesday night wore on.

Kirkpatrick told supporters she was waiting for results from the Navajo Nation and other tribal areas that she hopes will put her back on top. The district runs from Flagstaff through eastern Arizona counties and then west into parts of Pinal County.

“Our race is looking good, but we’re not going to know for quite a while,” she said.

Depending on the outcome, Democrats could end up with a majority of the delegation or Republicans could hold on or add to their current 5-3 majority. The state earned a ninth seat after the 2010 Census and will fill it for the first time in November.

Voters in six districts chose their representatives along the expected 4-2 party split in favor of Republicans.

Democratic Rep. Raul Grijalva won re-election in the 3rd District, freshman GOP Rep. Paul Gosar easily won in the 4th District and former Republican Rep. Matt Salmon coasted to victory in the 5th.

Republican Reps. David Schweikert and Trent Franks were re-elected in the 6th and 8th districts while Democratic Rep. Ed Pastor cruised in the 7th District.