Congratulations to newly elected Chairman of the Maricopa County Republican Party, A.J. LaFaro and of course to his team! Here are the results from Saturday’s election:
A.J. LaFaro – 1,179 (53.35%) | Lisa Gray – 1,030 (46.61%)
April Riggins – 1,128 (50.95%) | Paul Brierley – 1,086 (49.05%)
Jose Borrajero - 1,254 (57.37%) | Rene Lopez – 932 (42.63%)
Jeni White – 1,256 (56.68%) | Colleen Lombard – 960 (43.32%)
David Ludwig – 1,241 (56.46%) | Walter Dudley – 956 (43.49%
On the resolutions, all passed with the following results:
1B – Petition Circulators – 56.67%
2A – History Education – 76.06%
3C – Repeal 17th Amendment – 68.01%
5A – No amnesty for aliens – 73.65%
6A – State Sovereignty – 81.98%
7A – Don’t hire aliens – 77.43%
9A – No DREAM Act – 76.79%
Floor 2nd Amendment – 87.07%
Regarding the bylaws changes, the following bylaws changed with the necessary 2/3rd’s vote:
1 Art XI Severability – 80.53% – PASS
2 Art I intepretation of bylaws – 69.89% – PASS
3 Art II pc term of office – 54.29% – FAIL
4 Art II “Organization” meeting – 86.47% – PASS
5 Art II LD Chair quorum – 70.55% – PASS
6 Art II pc e-mail addresses – 55.16% – FAIL
7 Art II resign to run repeal – 61.14% – FAIL
Finally, we have posted Chairman LaFaro’s speech in entirety:
Good morning –
I’m A. J. LaFaro and I want to be your next Chairman of the Maricopa County Republican Committee.
During these past four months I’ve traveled thousands of miles, met thousands of wonderful people and lost several pounds – and for that I thank you. The journey has been arduous but fun and not without it’s bumps along the way.
This morning, we’ve come to a fork in the road.
You have two choices – you can turn to the left and vote for my opponent or you can turn to the right and vote for A. J. LaFaro keeping the MCRC an independent and unbiased voice of the people.
Why should I be your next Chairman?
I have the proven executive skills and talents to help lead the Maricopa County Republicans during these next two years. Challenging years to defend against the progressive socialists, liberal Democrats and the unions continued attempt to turn Arizona Blue.
My executive leadership skills include being a good planner, organizer, communicator, team builder and a good listener. But more importantly – I’m pragmatic. The top priorities of the Chairman should be raise funds and be the public voice of the Maricopa County Republican Party.
The Maricopa County Republican Committee is made up of twenty legislative districts. Each one a unique franchise. Your neighborhoods, communities, school districts and cities have personalities of their own just like the people we elect to represent us.
My opponent says our party is broken and needs to be fixed. Her plan – not the peoples plan – speaks to a few vague issues that maybe symptoms but will never address the fundamental problem with our party.
The divisiveness and bitter in-fighting amongst our groups.
We all call ourselves Republicans and under that umbrella we have people who are right of center all the way to far right. During my travels I’ve even met some left of center.
There’s probably four groups we align ourselves with – the establishment, the conservatives, the Tea Partiers and the Ron Paul supporters. Each with unique ideologies and beliefs. Many are the same – some are not.
If elected your next Chairman, I would immediately call for a détente of these four groups to come together, clearly identify our common and unique ideologies.
I’m confident one strong common goal we all can agree on is to win elections. To beat the progressive socialists, the liberal Democrats and the unions continued attempt to turn Arizona Blue.
We have a challenging task ahead of us these next two to four years as we fight for God, family and country.
You have the opportunity to elect Team LaFaro today – a stronger team with a much stronger message to help defeat our enemies.
I’m asking for your vote and support for A. J. LaFaro, April Riggins, Jose Borrajero, Jeni White and David Ludwig so we can keep Arizona Red – Dark Red!
Ronald Reagan once said:
“Without God, democracy will not and cannot long endure.”
In closing, I want to say may God bless you and God bless America!