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Chester Crandell died Monday while on a morning ride near Heber. He was in the middle of a re-election campaign in District 6, which includes the Verde Valley. (Cronkite News Service Photo by Moriah Costa)

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District 6 State Senator Chester Crandell was found dead Monday afternoon on a Navajo County ranch, the possible victim of a balky horse.Jim Molesa, the county's chief deputy, said 68-year-old Crandell had gone riding Monday morning on the Despain Ranch in Heber, where he lives.