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Congressman Paul Gosar Endorses Robert Graham for AZGOP Chairman

PHOENIX – Robert Graham today announced he has received the endorsement of Congressman Paul Gosar who was recently re-elected to represent Arizona’s 4th District. Graham is running for a second term as Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party and is actively campaigning in an election to be held at the biennial meeting of the State Committee on January 24, 2015 at the Grace Community Church in Tempe.

“The Chair has two primary duties in order to achieve one primary result. The duties are raise money and get out the conservative vote. The result is Republican victories in as many races as possible. In 2014 Robert Graham helped achieve a tidal wave Republican victory in Arizona. Statewide elections and other races were won. Robert has also focused on technology and micro targeting of voters. Overall no one can complain about the outcomes in Arizona. Robert did his part well. He has earned another term and I support him in this effort,” said Congressman Gosar.

In thanking the Congressman, Chairman Robert Graham said, “When I think about what it takes to truly represent people, I think of Congressman Gosar. I have seen him traveling to every corner of our state. He has boundless energy as he tirelessly works for his constituents and for our great state. I’m honored to have his support.”

Congressman Paul Gosar Arizona's 4th District

Congressman Paul Gosar
Arizona’s 4th District

 

Endorsements

Bruce Ash

National Republican Committeeman

Diane Douglas

Superintendent of Public Instruction-Elect

Sharon Giese

National Republican Committeewoman

Seraphim Larsen

Pinal County Republican Committee Chairman

Joe Arpaio
Maricopa County Sheriff

Delos Bond

Apache County Republican Committee Chairman

Russell Pearce

Former Arizona Senate President

Jonathan Lines

Yuma County Republican Central Committee Chairman

Gary Morris

Gila County Republican Committee Chairman

Eric Morgan

Legislative District 22 Chairman

Rim Country Republican Club

Joan Lang

Representative Brenda Barton

R-Payson

Donna Alu

Lolly Hathhorn

Gila County Republican Committee Vice Chairman

Jeff Oravits

Flagstaff City Council Member

Representative Warren Petersen

R-Gilbert

Andy McKinney

Star Valley Town Council Member

James Dutton

Yavapai County GOP Chairman

Jean McGrath

Maricopa Community College District Board Member

 Tom Forese

Corporation Commission Commissioner

Andy Biggs

Arizona Senate President

Sergio Arellano

Chairman, Legislative District 2 Republican Committee

Robert Hancock

Chairman, Legislative District 4 Republican Committee (Pima)

Brad Johns

Chairman, Legislative District 9 Republican Committee

Parralee Schneider

First Vice Chairman, AZGOP (Pima County Resident)

Ian Murray

Legislative District 25 Republican Committee Chairman

John Rhodes

Graham County Republican Party Chairman

Joy Staveley

Coconino County Republican Committee Chairman

Senator Kelli Ward

Legislative District 5

Senator Sylvia Allen

Legislative District 6

Governor Brewer Calls President Obama A ‘Failed President’

FoxNews has posted an interview with outgoing Governor Brewer in which she assesses President Obama’s performance as a ‘failed president.’

In the interview, conducted by FoxNews correspondent William La Jeunesse, Brewer calls Obama a ‘very big disappointment’ and ‘thin-skinned.’

She recalls the January, 2012 encounter in which she and the President had words on the tarmac at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport. During that confrontation, Obama voiced his objection to Brewer’s presentation of him in her book Scorpions for Breakfast. When Brewer asked Obama why the federal government continued to fail in protecting Arizona’s border, Obama rudely walked away from her. The desert dust-up video went viral and made Governor Brewer a hero with conservatives.

The interview further summarizes Brewer’s battle with the federal government and judges over SB1070 and issuing driver’s licenses to DREAMers.

When La Jeunesse brings up critics allegation of racism, Brewer responds, “Those of us born and raised in the southwest are not racists. Those people are our neighbors. We go to church with us. Their children go to school. They marry into our families. This has nothing to do with racism. The bottom line is the rule of law and what it is doing to our country.” 

Brewer is also asked about states rights and her battle against Obamacare in the courts and weighs this against conservative criticism of her expansion of Obamacare’s Medicaid $2 billion program in Arizona. When confronted by La Jeunesse about the hypocrisy of taking a federal handout, she replies, “We have to have our hand out and accept those dollars because a lot of those things we’re delivering services for are mandated on the State of Arizona.”

Finally, the media clip features an assessment by long-time Arizona political journalist Howard Fischer who refers to Brewer as a “political animal.”

Here’s the entire interview:

Arizona Senators Sylvia Allen and Kelli Ward Endorse Robert Graham for AZGOP Chairman

PHOENIX – Robert Graham today announced receiving endorsements from two prominent members of the Senate: Senator Sylvia Allen of Legislative District 6 and Senator Kelli Ward of Legislative District 5. Graham is running for a second term as Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party and is actively campaigning in an election to be held at the biennial meeting of the State Committee on January 24, 2015 at the Grace Community Church in Tempe.

“I am happy to support the re-election of Robert Graham as the Chairman of our State Republican Party. I have known Robert for many years now and appreciate his efforts to elect and support Republican candidates and especially his support of my recent efforts and victory to return to the AZ Senate in LD6,” said Senator Sylvia Allen of Legislative District 6. Allen is also President Pro Tem of the Arizona Senate.

“As chairman, Robert Graham is active all over Arizona. He has traveled the state as a champion of conservative values. We appreciate his efforts to grow the party and turn out voters in Mohave and La Paz counties and all across the state,” said Senator Kelli Ward, Legislative District 5.

Senator Sylvia Allen Legislative District 6 Senate President Pro Tem

Senator Sylvia Allen
Legislative District 6
Senate President Pro Tem

Senator Kelli Ward Legislative District 5

Senator Kelli Ward
Legislative District 5

Endorsements

Bruce Ash

National Republican Committeeman

Diane Douglas

Superintendent of Public Instruction-Elect

Sharon Giese

National Republican Committeewoman

Seraphim Larsen

Pinal County Republican Committee Chairman

Joe Arpaio
Maricopa County Sheriff

Delos Bond

Apache County Republican Committee Chairman

Russell Pearce

Former Arizona Senate President

Jonathan Lines

Yuma County Republican Central Committee Chairman

Gary Morris

Gila County Republican Committee Chairman

Eric Morgan

Legislative District 22 Chairman

Rim Country Republican Club

Joan Lang

Palo Verde Republican Women President

Representative Brenda Barton

R-Payson

Donna Alu

Tucson Republican Women President

Lolly Hathhorn

Gila County Republican Committee Vice Chairman

Jeff Oravits

Flagstaff City Council Member

Representative Warren Petersen

R-Gilbert

Andy McKinney

Star Valley Town Council Member

James Dutton

Yavapai County GOP Chairman

Jean McGrath

Maricopa Community College District Board Member

 Tom Forese

Corporation Commission Commissioner

Andy Biggs

Arizona Senate President

Sergio Arellano

Chairman, Legislative District 2 Republican Committee

Robert Hancock

Chairman, Legislative District 4 Republican Committee (Pima)

Brad Johns

Chairman, Legislative District 9 Republican Committee

Parralee Schneider

First Vice Chairman, AZGOP (Pima County Resident)

Ian Murray

Legislative District 25 Republican Committee Chairman

John Rhodes

Graham County Republican Party Chairman

Joy Staveley

Coconino County Republican Committee Chairman

Republican Leaders in Maricopa, Graham, Coconino and Gila Counties Endorse Robert Graham

PHOENIX – Today Robert Graham released a second round of endorsements from elected Republican Party leaders in Maricopa, Graham, Gila and Coconino counties. Graham seeks a second term as Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party and is actively campaigning in an election to be held at the biennial meeting of the State Committee on January 24, 2015 at the Grace Community Church in Tempe.

“Robert Graham has done an excellent job as Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party, with Republicans being elected to all statewide positions. It is my honor and pleasure to endorse Robert Graham for reelection as Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party,” said Ian Murray, Chairman of the Legislative District 25 Republican Committee.

“Robert, after working with you the last two years, I feel that what you have accomplished and your leadership leaves me no choice but to give my endorsement of you for Arizona Republican Party Chairman. Therefore as Graham County Republican Chairman, I give you my full endorsement for reelection as Arizona Republican Party Chair, 2014- 2016 election cycle. Keep up the fundraising and electing Republicans to our state and federal offices!” said John Rhodes, Chairman of the Graham County Republican Party.

“I support Robert Graham for reelection as AZGOP Chairman. Robert deserves a second term. He has been accessible and responsive to me as Chairman of Coconino County Republicans. He has tried to engage the entire state, and not just the great state of Maricopa! He has committed to having a debriefing meeting with his County and LD Chairs to see what went right and what went wrong. I don’t recall that happening in the past. He has worked hard to try and energize and engage the state while raising money to fund campaign efforts. There is always room for improvement. 2016 will be an extremely important election year. We need experience and dedication. I believe we have that in Robert Graham,” said Joy Staveley, Chairman of the Coconino County Republican Committee.

Earlier this month Graham received the endorsement of Gila County Republican Committee Chairman Gary Morris, and today received the endorsements of additional longtime Gila County Republican leaders Don Ascoli, Sam Moorhead, and Shirley Dye.

Ian Murray Chairman, LD 25 Republican Committee

Ian Murray
Chairman, LD 25 Republican Committee

John Rhodes Chairman, Graham County Republican Committee

John Rhodes
Chairman, Graham County Republican Committee

Joy Staveley Chairman, Coconino County Republican Committee

Joy Staveley
Chairman, Coconino County Republican Committee

Endorsements

Bruce Ash

National Republican Committeeman

Diane Douglas

Superintendent of Public Instruction-Elect

Sharon Giese

National Republican Committeewoman

Seraphim Larsen

Pinal County Republican Committee Chairman

Joe Arpaio
Maricopa County Sheriff

Delos Bond

Apache County Republican Committee Chairman

Russell Pearce

Former Arizona Senate President

Jonathan Lines

Yuma County Republican Central Committee Chairman

Gary Morris

Gila County Republican Committee Chairman

Eric Morgan

Legislative District 22 Chairman

Rim Country Republican Club

Joan Lang

Palo Verde Republican Women President

Representative Brenda Barton

R-Payson

Donna Alu

Tucson Republican Women President

Lolly Hathhorn

Gila County Republican Committee Vice Chairman

Jeff Oravits

Flagstaff City Council Member

Representative Warren Petersen

R-Gilbert

Andy McKinney

Star Valley Town Council Member

James Dutton

Yavapai County GOP Chairman

Jean McGrath

Maricopa Community College District Board Member

 Tom Forese

Corporation Commission Commissioner

Andy Biggs

Arizona Senate President

Sergio Arellano

Chairman, Legislative District 2 Republican Committee

Robert Hancock

Chairman, Legislative District 4 Republican Committee (Pima)

Brad Johns

Chairman, Legislative District 9 Republican Committee

Parralee Schneider

First Vice Chairman, AZGOP (Pima County Resident)

Pima County GOP Chairmen Endorse Robert Graham for Chairman of Arizona Republican Party

PHOENIX – Today multiple elected Republican Party leaders in Pima County endorsed Robert Graham for a second term as Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party. Graham is actively campaigning for another two-year term in an election to be held at the biennial meeting of the State Committee on January 24, 2015 at the Grace Community Church in Tempe.

“I am proud to endorse Robert Graham for his Second Term as State Chairman. Very few people can accomplish a feat such as Graham did this election cycle in ensuring that the Republican Party as a whole picked up every Statewide seat available. His willingness to work and support all candidates running for these positions showed genuine interest and a drive for accomplishing what is in the best interest of the party on a statewide level. Our Social Media presence and Communications has grown leaps and bounds in comparison to the old antiquated way of doing things. Young republicans and Millennial’s are now drawn to the party and want to be more involved as opposed to not wanting anything to do with our party. For the first time since Joining the Republican party I saw actual mailers being sent to people promoting our candidates not just solicitations for contributions. I was also privy to witnessing friends and neighbors being a recipient of these mailers as well. Under Robert Graham’s Leadership I have seen different coalitions formed in order to engage voters of all side of the spectrum. The AZGOP State Victory Bus Tour proved to be innovative and an asset in reaching Rural districts like Nogales, AZ that have not seen a Republican presence in more than 10 years. A proven leader, Robert Graham has shown a willingness to be anywhere and everywhere that is deemed a priority presence for the republican party as a whole. he has also shown a willingness to work with anyone wanting to help the party as a whole. In closing, I look forward to serving under Chairman Graham in the upcoming 2016 election cycle where his expertise and his proven tactics will help lead us to victory in a cycle that promises to be a crucial one for our state,” said Sergio Arellano, Chairman of Legislative District 2 Republican Committee.

“Robert Graham has brought a breath of fresh air to the Arizona Republican Party. Under his leadership, we are moving forward with positive results and an open attitude to all members. I strongly support the reelection of Robert Graham as Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party,” said Robert Hancock, Chairman of Legislative District 4 Republican Committee in Pima County.

I am enthusiastically endorsing Robert Graham for the Arizona GOP Chairman. He has demonstrated strong leadership, has a vision, effectively represents the party and has helped us effectively use modern Information Technology. I am looking forward to working with him to build on our recent successes and do even better in 2016,” said Brad Johns, Chairman of Legislative District 9,” said Brad Johns, Chairman of the Legislative District 9 Republican Committee.

“I’m happy to support Chairman Robert Graham in his re-election. Chairman Graham has provided optimism to our party. He has brought tools and resources to help us do a better job on the ground. We need his leadership in the next few years as we turn Arizona a deeper shade of red and elect a Republican President in 2016,” said Parralee Schneider of Tucson, who currently serves as the First Vice Chair of the Arizona Republican Party.

Endorsements

Endorsements

Bruce Ash

National Republican Committeeman

Diane Douglas

Superintendent of Public Instruction-Elect

Sharon Giese

National Republican Committeewoman

Seraphim Larsen

Pinal County Republican Committee Chairman

Joe Arpaio
Maricopa County Sheriff

Delos Bond

Apache County Republican Committee Chairman

Russell Pearce

Former Arizona Senate President

Jonathan Lines

Yuma County Republican Central Committee Chairman

Gary Morris

Gila County Republican Committee Chairman

Eric Morgan

Legislative District 22 Chairman

Rim Country Republican Club Joan Lang

Palo Verde Republican Women President

Representative Brenda Barton

R-Payson

Donna Alu

Tucson Republican Women President

Lolly Hathhorn

Gila County Republican Committee Vice Chairman

Jeff Oravits

Flagstaff City Council Member

Representative Warren Petersen

R-Gilbert

Andy McKinney

Star Valley Town Council Member

Tom Forese

Arizona Corporation Commission Commissioner

Andy Biggs

Arizona Senate President

Senate President Andy Biggs Endorses Robert Graham for Chairman of Arizona Republican Party

PHOENIX – Today Senate President Andy Biggs endorsed Robert Graham for a second term as Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party. Graham is actively campaigning in an election to be held at the biennial meeting of the State Committee on January 24, 2015 at the Grace Community Church in Tempe.

President Andy Biggs said, “Conservatives are poised to work with our new Governor Doug Ducey to eliminate waste, shrink government, and work for the liberty of Arizona residents. We are grateful to have a partner in Robert Graham. Robert’s door is always open and he helped us bring Sylvia Allen back to the Senate, strengthening our caucus. Please join me in supporting Robert Graham.”

Responding to the endorsement Graham said, “President Biggs has been a major force in the conservative movement in Arizona politics for many years, and I am proud to stand with him in our efforts to support our party’s cause on behalf of the taxpayers.”

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Andy Biggs

 

Martha McSally Announces Transition Team

Martha McSally

TUCSON – Retired Air Force Colonel Martha McSally today announced the members who will serve on her Transition Team. The diverse group of experts and community leaders from Pima and Cochise Counties will provide input on hiring decisions and help set up McSally’s Arizona Congressional offices to ensure a smooth transition to office.

“It’s a privilege to work with so many talented and accomplished individuals from our community to get our office up and running,” said McSally. “Above all, our office needs to work for the people of Southern Arizona. Whether it’s constituent services or representing the views of Southern Arizonans in Congress, we need the most efficient and effective set-up possible. I’m grateful to everyone who’s lending their time to help make that happen and look forward to hitting the ground running when I take office.”

The Transition Team consists of members from across the political spectrum who bring diverse backgrounds, experiences, and expertise to the group. Short bios for each member are listed below.

Jim Kolbe (Honorary Chair): Congressman Kolbe represented Southern Arizona in the U.S. House of Representatives for twenty-two years, where he served on the Appropriations and Budget Committees. Congressman Kolbe currently serves as Senior Transatlantic Fellow for the German Marshall Fund of the United States, a co-chair of the Transatlantic Taskforce on Development, and a Senior Adviser to McLarty Associates, a strategic consulting firm. He also serves on the boards of numerous community organizations including the Community Food Bank and Critical Path Institute.

Chris Sheafe (Chair): Sheafe is President of C. Sheafe Co. and has lived in Southern Arizona for nearly four decades. In addition to his many years of experience as a successful developer, Sheafe has served on the Tucson International Airport Authority, Pima County Bond Committee, the Southern Arizona Home Builders Association, the Rio Nuevo Board, as well as The Southern Arizona Water Resource Association and Tucson Regional Water Council.

Lea Marquez-Peterson: Marquez-Peterson is the President/CEO of the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and is the owner and Designated Broker for Marquez Peterson Group, LLC. In 2011, she was appointed by President Barack Obama to the National Women’s Business Council, a group that advises the President and Congress on issues facing women business owners. She serves on numerous community boards including Vantage West Credit Union, the Pima County Workforce Investment Board, and the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry and is a member of DM-50 and the Tucson Airport Authority.

Tim Bee: Bee is the Vice President, Government and Community Relations for the University of Arizona and the former President and Senate Majority Leader of the Arizona Senate. He was appointed to serve as Director of Governor Jan Brewer’s Southern Arizona Office and prior to that, owned and operated his own business in Tucson.

Keri Silvyn: Silvyn is Partner/Owner at Lazarus, Silvyn & Bangs PC and was named Tucson’s “Woman of the Year” in 2014.  Her area of legal practice focuses on land use and infrastructure, and she is the founder of Imagine Greater Tucson whose mission is to connect government, stakeholders and community to create community-driven choices for living, working, learning and playing in the Tucson region. She is a former President of the Jewish Community Foundation of Southern Arizona and involved on the Boards of the O’Connor House Project, TREO, Tucson Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, the University of Arizona Law College Association, and the Tucson Medical Center Foundation Board.

Bill Assenmacher: Assenmacher is the CEO of Caid Industries, Inc., a mining and metal fabrication company founded in Southern Arizona in 1947.  He is the founder and President of the Southern Arizona Business Coalition and serves on the boards of AMIGOS, The New Centurion Foundation, and the Tucson Chamber of Commerce, among other groups. He previously served on advisory boards for the University of Arizona College of Engineering and the State of Arizona Commerce Authority.

Vera Marie (Bunny) Badertscher: Badertscher, a freelance writer and author, served as District Chief of Staff for Rep. Kolbe for eight years and was first Chief of Staff for Gov. Symington. She was campaign manager for U.S. Rep. Jim Kolbe’s first four campaigns, and for Governor Fife Symington, Tucson Mayor Lew Murphy, and others. Badertscher also ran a political consulting firm for several years.

Edmund Marquez: Marquez is the agency owner for Allstate Insurance and former owner of Edmund Marquez Suzuki in Tucson. He is a past Chairman of the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Southern Arizona Leadership Council and has served on the community boards for YMCA, the Pima Community College Foundation, the Greater Tucson Fire Foundation, and the DM-50.

Julie Katsel: Katsel currently serves as Southern Arizona Director for U.S. Senator Jeff Flake and served prior to that as Deputy Regional Director for U.S. Senator Jon Kyl for 18 years and for Congressman Jim Kolbe on his Washington, D.C. staff.  A UA graduate, Julie has a long history of community service in Tucson and is currently active on the Board of Directors of the Catalina Council, Boy Scouts of America.

Judi White: White is the past chair of the Pima County Republican Party and serves on the Executive Committee of the National Rifle Association’s Women’s Leadership Forum as well as on the Board of Governors of the Dodie Londen Excellence in Public Service Series. She has extensive experience working with candidates for elected office.

Jeff Utsch: Utsch is the President of Tucson Acquisition and Development Corp., a former USA National Swim Team Member and All-American swimmer and Team Captain at the U of A. He has served for 20 years as a consultant with the Naval Special Warfare community teaching military personnel in tactical swimming applications. He has previously been a director and ambassador for the Navy SEAL Foundation, is a member of The Compact for America, and teaches on the U.S. Constitution.

Larry Lucero: Lucero is Senior Director, Government Relations and Economic Development at UNS Energy Corporation, Tucson Electric Power. He was appointed to serve on the Arizona State Board of Education and Border Governor’s Conference by Governor Janet Napolitano and currently serves as President for the Arizona Mexico Commission and as a board member for Tucson Youth Development, Alternative Computer Education Charter High School, and the Chicanos Por La Causa Tucson Advisory Council.

Pam Harrington: Harrington served as District Scheduler/Executive Assistant to Congressman Jim Kolbe for 17 years and District Scheduler for Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords for 5 years. She has served with local elected officials and candidates since 1975.

Bob Ramirez: Ramirez is the President and CEO of Vantage West Credit Union and has lived in Tucson since 1979. He has served as Chairman of the Credit Union Executive Society Board of Directors and is involved in numerous community organizations including the Tucson Chamber of Commerce, the DM-50, Pima Community College Foundation, and the Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Si Schorr: Schorr is a Senior Partner at Lewis Roca Rothgerber.  He has served as first Chair of the Regional Transportation Authority, Chair of the Arizona State Transportation Board, and Chair of the Tucson-Pima County Commission on Improved Government Management.  He is a Board member of the Tucson Airport Authority.  He also is a founding Board Member of Pima Community College and the Southern Arizona Leadership Council.

Judy Patrick: Patrick is a member of the Board of Directors for CopperPoint Mutual Insurance, Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities, Tucson Airport, and Southwestern Fair Commission. She has served on the Pima County Self Insurance Trust Fund, City of Tucson Civil Service Commission, City of Tucson, and Public Safety Retirement Board and is a member of the National Association Corporate Directors and National Association Mutual Insurance Companies.

Joe Snell: Snell is President of Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities (TREO) and prior to that was President of Metro Denver Network. He is a Board Member for the I-11 Coalition and has served as Co-Chair of the Economic Development Council for the Arizona – Mexico Commission as well as on the Board of Arizona Economic Resource Commission, the Board of the Arizona Association for Economic Development, and as Chair of the Arizona Global Network.

Daisy Jenkins: Jenkins is President of Daisy Jenkins & Associates, LLC. She is Vice Chair for United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona and is a member of the Tucson Airport Authority and University of Arizona College of Law Board of Visitors. She also is Chair-emeritus of the University of Arizona President’s African American Community Council and serves on the City of Tucson Human Relations Commission.

Bob Walkup: Mayor Walkup served as Mayor of Tucson for twelve years and also is the former chairman of the Tucson Economic Council. Prior to that, he worked as an engineer and executive in the aerospace industry for 35 years and is a U.S. Army veteran.

Sharon Bronson: Supervisor Bronson serves as Pima County Supervisor, District 3, and Chairman of the Board of Supervisors, and has served as President of the County Supervisor’s Association of Arizona and the U.S./Mexico Border County Coalition. She serves on the Board of Directors for Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities, Inc. (TREO), is a board member of the Metropolitan Tucson Convention and Visitors Bureau (MTCVB), and is currently on the Environment, Energy and Land Use Steering Committee for the National Association of Counties, (NACO).

Tom Warne: Warne is a local Tucson commercial real estate developer, who has developed in Tucson and Phoenix since the late 70’s. He has developed commercial office space, industrial space and retail and is most proud of the Main Gate Square, a private-public partnership, which comprises approximately 1,000,000 sq. ft. of office, hotel and retail space.

Joe Stroud (Sierra Vista Chair): Stroud is President of E.F. Financial, Inc. in Sierra Vista, where he’s lived since 1994. Stroud has served on the Arizona Board of Appraisals and the Sierra Vista Planning and Zoning Commission and served 30 years in the U.S. Army, retiring as a Colonel.

Rick Mueller: Mayor Mueller has served as Mayor of Sierra Vista since 2010 and is a former Army Field Artillery Officer. He is a member of the Executive Board for the League of Arizona Cities and Towns, the Community Advisory Council for the Boy Scouts of America, and the Huachuca 50 and is a Board Member for the Sierra Vista Economic Development Foundation. Mayor Mueller also is a Commissioner on the Arizona Military Affairs Commission and Vice-Chairman of the Upper San Pedro Partnership.

Shay Saucedo: Saucedo is the Southern Arizona Outreach Coordinator for U.S. Senator John McCain. She served as District Aide for Jim Kolbe for 11 years and as Constituent Services Manager for Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and Congressman Ron Barber for nearly 7 years. She has resided in Southern Arizona for 23 years.

Randy Groth: Dr. Groth is the CEO at AllSource Global Management, LLC as well as the Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army for Arizona, a position he has held for nearly 12 years. He earned his PhD from the University of Arizona and served as an Associate Vice President at the University of Arizona and the first Dean of the University of Arizona South.

Pat Call: Chairman Call is serving his fourth term as a Cochise County Supervisor, District 1, where he also serves as county liaison to the Huachuca 50, Chair of the Upper San Pedro Partnership Advisory Commission, advisor to the Hereford NRCD and represents southern Arizona on the Arizona Department of Homeland Security’s Southern Regional Area Council. He is the Executive Director for The Cochise Water Project and is a past Governor’s appointee to the Arizona Growing Smarter Oversight Group, the Statewide Water Advisory Group and Arizona’s Water Resources Development Committee.

Alesia Ash: Ash grew up in Sierra Vista, where she served on the city’s Youth Commission and graduated from Buena High School before attending Arizona State University. She served as Constituent Services Representative and Outreach Coordinator for U.S. Congressman Ron Barber prior to running for office. Ash was elected to the Sierra Vista City Council in August 2014, becoming the youngest person to ever earn a seat on the Council.

Jack Blair: Blair is the Chief Member Services Officer at Sulphur Springs Valley Electric Cooperative and has lived in Sierra Vista for 15 years. He is the Chairman of the Cochise Water Project and Chairman-elect of the Sierra Vista Chamber of Commerce, and on the board of directors for the Huachuca 50.  He served as the past Chairman for the Sierra Vista Regional Health Center Foundation and was appointed to Governor Jan Brewer’s Solar Task Force.  He also is an Army veteran.

Danny Ortega: Mayor Ortega is Vice President of Ortega’s Stores Inc., a family owned business established in 1923 in Douglas, where he has served as Mayor since 2012. Prior to that, Mayor Ortega served 12 years on the Douglas Unified School District, including six years as school board President, and has been an active member of the Douglas Chamber of Commerce, Cochise County Planning and Zoning Committee, Douglas Noon Lions Club, Douglas Community Area Fund, and Douglas Clean and Beautiful.

John Ladd: Ladd is a fourth generation Arizona rancher whose ranch borders 10 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border. He is a member of the Arizona Cattle Growers Association, Cochise-Graham Cattle Growers, Arizona Cattle Growers Border Committee, the Cochise County Public Lands Advisory Committee, and the Hereford Natural Resource Conservation District.

Michele Reagan Announces Leadership Team

Michele Reagan

Secretary-elect Michele Reagan announces leadership team
Deputy SoS, Election Director, Chief Financial Officer and Communications Director named

Scottsdale – Arizona’s 20th Secretary of State Michele Reagan has announced the members of her incoming administration.  The new leadership team consists of Lee Miller as Deputy Secretary of State, Eric Spencer as State Election Director, Liz Atkinson as CFO and Matt Roberts as Director of Communications.

“It was important to me and my transition team to place highly-regarded and experienced professionals in positions of leadership within my administration,” said Secretary-elect Reagan.  “Each one of them has an exceptional skill set that will help implement my vision for improving one of the most important offices in state government.”

Lee Miller, tapped as Deputy Secretary of State, will oversee day-to-day operations of the Department of State, the Secretary of State’s office and its numerous divisions, including the State Library, Archive and Public Records Division.

Mr. Miller’s professional career began working as an attorney for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation investigating financial fraud in the banking and savings and loan industries.  That work evolved into senior management positions with commercial and residential securities trading firms from coast to coast.

A noted election law attorney, Mr. Miller has provided consultation and analysis for numerous political campaigns and organizations including the Citizens Clean Elections Commission and pro-bono work for the Arizona Republican Party.

“Lee has a unique blend of legal, political, business and management experience which will make him a tremendous asset within the administration,” said Reagan.  “Combined with his expertise in government affairs and lobbying, he will be able to run the Department of State efficiently and effectively.”

Eric Spencer, an election and political law attorney for Snell & Wilmer L.L.P. was selected to serve as the State Election Director.  Spencer will oversee the Election Services Division, which is responsible for voter registration, campaign finance, candidate, lobbyist and elected official filings.

Before joining Snell & Wilmer in 2007, Eric was a Captain in the United States Army and served as an Infantry Platoon Leader in Operation Iraqi Freedom with the 4th Infantry Division.  His military awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal and Combat Infantry Badge.  Mr. Spencer graduated magna cum laude from UCLA with a B.A. in Political Science, and went on to receive his J.D. from Duke University School of Law and M.P.A. from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

“The only thing more impressive than Eric’s career in law is his service to his country,” continued Reagan.  “There are only a handful of people in Arizona qualified to serve as State Elections Director, and I’m delighted to have Eric on our team.  We share a passion for our system of elections and we will work diligently to make it even better.”

Liz Atkinson returns to the Secretary of State’s office after serving as Administrative Division Director of the Department of Weights and Measures.  She previously worked at the AZSOS from 2006 to 2008 as the Advance Directive Coordinator under then Secretary of State Jan Brewer.  Ms. Atkinson is a Certified Public Accountant Candidate and holds an M.B.A. in Accounting and Graduate Degree in Financial Analysis from the Keller Graduate School of Business.

As CFO, Ms. Atkinson will be directly responsible for monitoring expenditures of the Department of State and assist with all human resource issues and staff management among other duties.

“Liz was the ideal candidate for the CFO position,” the Secretary-elect said.  “With her experience in state government and knowledge of the AZSOS, she will be a vital component of the administration from day one.  From all accounts she is an absolute rockstar and I’m really excited to have such a qualified person watching over the books and making sure we are spending the taxpayers’ hard-earned money wisely.”

Matt Roberts will continue in his role as Director of Communications, managing media inquiries and the dissemination of information from the Secretary of State’s office.

Before joining the AZSOS in 2011, Matt worked for the Arizona Republican Party as Communications Director and previously served two New York State Senators where he was responsible for office operations and communications.

“Matt’s experience working with the media is vital as we continue to promote the actions of the office,” said Reagan.  “His continued effort to provide information to the public through an enhanced communication effort will only improve Arizonans confidence in the 2nd highest elective office.”

Full bios will be available on www.azsos.gov after the inauguration.

Commissioner Tom Forese Endorses Robert Graham for Chairman of Arizona Republican Party

PHOENIX – Arizona Corporation Commissioner Tom Forese today endorsed Robert Graham for a second term as Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party. Forese was recently elected to statewide office after serving four years in the state legislature. Graham is up for reelection at the biennial meeting of the State Committee on January 24, 2015 at the Grace Community Church in Tempe.

Forese said, “I am proud to support Robert Graham for a second term as state party chairman. As Doug Little and I won the primary and entered an incredibly hostile race against the Democrats, Robert was there every step of the way putting time, strategy and resources behind us. Under Robert’s leadership, the Republicans in Arizona won every statewide office. Looking to the 2016 elections we must hold a U.S. Senate seat and elect a Republican president of the United States. Robert is the man for the job! I look forward to working with him to keep Arizona red.”

Responding to the endorsement Graham said, “I’m incredibly grateful for Tom Forese’s support. Tom showed real grit on our tours around the state, working tirelessly to meet voters. He showed real caring and concern for all the voters he met and his message of growing our economy, and of his ancestor’s coming to this country in search of the American dream resonated with all audiences. Tom helped our entire ticket by his work ethic and the respect he displayed to grassroots activists, donors, and every voter he encountered across Arizona. I’m grateful to have the support of leaders like Tom.”

Tom Forese Commissioner, Arizona Corporation Commission

Tom Forese Commissioner, Arizona Corporation Commission

Endorsements

Bruce Ash

National Republican Committeeman

Diane DouglasSuperintendent of Public Instruction-Elect

Sharon Giese

National Republican Committeewoman

Seraphim Larsen

Pinal County Republican Committee Chairman

Joe Arpaio
Maricopa County Sheriff

Delos Bond

Apache County Republican Committee Chairman

Russell Pearce

Former Arizona Senate President

Jonathan Lines

Yuma County Republican Central Committee Chairman

Gary Morris

Gila County Republican Committee Chairman

Eric Morgan

Legislative District 22 Chairman

Rim Country Republican Club Joan LangPalo Verde Republican Women President
Representative Brenda BartonR-Payson

Donna Alu

Tucson Republican Women President

Lolly Hathhorn

Gila County Republican Committee Vice Chairman

Jeff OravitsFlagstaff City Council Member
Representative Warren PetersenR-Gilbert

Andy McKinney

Star Valley Town Council Member

James DuttonYavapai County GOP Chairman

Jean McGrath

Maricopa Community College District Board Member

Republican Women Leaders Endorse Robert Graham for Second Term as AZGOP Chairman

PHOENIX – Robert Graham today received endorsements from two longtime Republican Party women leaders who have been active in their support of the party and our candidates. Both voiced support for Robert Graham’s quest for a second term as Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party. Graham is up for reelection at the biennial meeting of the State Committee on January 24, 2015 at the Grace Community Church in Tempe.

Joan Lang, President of the Palo Verde Republican Women and a Precinct Committeeman in Legislative District 23, said, I first heard of Robert Graham about two and a half years ago when he announced his run for State GOP Chair. I did not know him at all, but I did know that Arizona needed to elect a strong leader for that position. We needed a person who could fundraise,  a person who could help bring the State into the IT world, and a person who could speak well and represent our State with honor.  I found that Robert had all of these qualities and more.

“After speaking to him and hearing what his plans were, I decided that he was the right person for the job. I do not believe that I was wrong with my opinion. Robert has done everything he told me he would do as Chairman.  Under his guidance Arizona did use the internet to keep up with the Democrats, beating them at their own game. He raised much needed money. He went out and got involved with minority groups here in Arizona and showed them why they should look at the Republican Party for the change they need within their neighborhoods. He built up a good reputation in the State and has always made us proud.

“Ultimately, Robert’s accomplishments can be summed up by looking at the election results for 2014. The Republicans won the State by big margins. We gained a Congressional seat. Arizona went from purple to red. We are looking at another difficult campaign in 2016….why in the world would we change horses mid stream? Robert has the momentum, let’s let him continue the job.”

Donna Alu, President of the Tucson Republican Women and former Chair of Legislative District 9 Republican Committee, said, “I am supporting Chairman Graham in the upcoming election. Because of his leadership, Republicans have retained all six statewide offices. As Chair of Legislative District 9 during the past election, I have observed the cooperation southern Arizona received from the state party: the state office, the telephone system set up in Pima County Headquarters where over 40,000 calls were made. I believe this was a key factor in the election of Martha McSally, only the second candidate to be elected to Congress from southern Arizona since statehood.”

Joan Lang President, Palo Verde Republican Women

Joan Lang
President, Palo Verde Republican Women

Donna Alu President, Tucson Republican Women

Donna Alu
President, Tucson Republican Women