Dr. Kelli Ward: It’s official, I’m running!

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Fellow Conservative,

It’s official. As you read this, I am in Lake Havasu announcing my campaign for the U.S. Senate!I’m ready to retire John McCain and give voters a fresh, courageous choice for new conservative leadership, and I hope you’ll join my effort. Together, we can disrupt the status quo and begin a new era of lower taxes, less spending, secure borders, and respect for the Constitution.I made this video for those of you who couldn’t be here tonight. Please take a minute to watch it. Tomorrow, we begin the fight to shake up Washington!

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This campaign is just beginning, but it’s the support and encouragement of tens of thousands of Arizonans like you over the last few months that have made it possible.We can defeat McCain and the Beltway establishment. We can secure the border, balance the budget, and fully repeal ObamaCare. If we retire the out-of-touch Washington politicians like John McCain, we can stop Congress from doing government business in secret, like the “ObamaTrade” deal.If you send me to Washington, I won’t bow to the big-government lobbyists. I won’t surrender on our Constitution when the liberal politicians and judges try to re-write it. I will fight for our values, our country, and our Constitution.

But I can’t do it without you. I hope you join me and help fight to RETIRE McCain!

P.S. – If you can, chip in to help this campaign hit the ground running!

Sincerely,
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POLL: Sheriff Paul Babeu Early Favorite in AZ01 Congressional Race

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Immigration, fiscal issues dominate voter concerns, says Noble

(Scottsdale, AZ)—Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu claims a strong lead among Republicans in Arizona’s 1st Congressional District according to a poll conducted by consultant and pollster Mike Noble.

In a survey of 687 likely Republican primary voters, 17.3% say they would vote to nominate Babeu if the primary were held tomorrow. Former State House Speaker Andy Tobin trails Babeu with 10.1% followed by businessman Gary Kiehne at 7.5%.

With no announced Republican candidate in the race, 64.9% of respondents say they are undecided.

“If he were to run, Sheriff Paul Babeu would be a formidable candidate, both in the primary and general elections,” said MBQF principal Mike Noble. “He has a proven ability to raise money from a donor base that extends far beyond Arizona’s borders, high name ID, regularly on national news and voters appreciate his ongoing efforts against the Mexican drug cartels, against human trafficking, against illegal immigration, and as a leading advocate for job creation and balanced budgets in Pinal County and across Arizona.”

“Less than a year ago Tobin and Kiehne spent over two million dollars and campaigned aggressively in CD-1 and if you combine their numbers they would merely tie Sheriff Paul Babeu.” Noble added.

The poll, the first public survey of likely Republican primary voters in Arizona’s 1st District of the 2016 cycle, also found voters to be highly engaged on the issues. One-fourth of voters (25.4%) said fiscal issues, such as taxes, the budget, jobs and unemployment, were the top issues by which they would decide their vote next year in the Republican congressional primary. Another 25.7% said immigration issues, including border security and amnesty for illegal aliens, were the top issues that would ultimately determine how they voted.

Values issues (protecting life and defending marriage) placed a distant third among likely primary voters as their top defining issue, selected by 12.3%. Health care issues such as Obamacare and Medicare/Medicaid were picked by 10.4% of respondents as their top issue. Rights issues (guns, privacy, property) were selected by 5.9% of respondents. And 8.0% said defense issues (terrorism, military, veterans) were the single defining issue that would determine their vote next year. Just 11.9% said they were undecided or didn’t know.

Methodology: This automated survey was completed by MBQF Consulting on May 26, 2015, from a sample of likely Republican voters from CD-01 who first answered they were “likely” or “very likely” to vote in the 2016 congressional elections in Arizona. The sample size was 687 completed surveys, with a MoE of +- 3.71

Arizona Republican Party Rejects Bid to Close Primary

By Christopher Herring

During a contentious debate, the Arizona Republican Party’s executive committee rejected a proposal to close future primaries to independents.

Although there are good faith arguments in favor of limiting participation to Republicans only, the perception, and most importantly, the financial cost, outweighed any potential benefits.

In 1998, voters approved a measure that allowed independents to vote in the primary of any recognized party. Now part of the Arizona Constitution, the law initially conceived by a Republican controlled legislature, would likely be defended by the Arizona’s Attorney General’s office, greatly increasing the financial cost and risk to an already budget strapped political cycle where every dollar counts.

A significant obstacle to the party is the notion that Republicans support the rule of law and the Arizona Constitution. Suing the state to not administer its constitution isn’t the best headline for the party. Another significant challenge would be that the state party would have to show a severe burden is caused by independents voting in Republican primaries. Specifically that independents voting changed the ideological outcomes of elections in a manner significant enough to overturn the will of the voters to keep the primary open. In the most recent elections, independents have not voted in high numbers in party primaries and the case can be made that Arizona Republicans are more conservative than they have ever been on fiscal and social issues. Proving a severe burden would be a large task for the party’s attorneys.

In fact, every scenario discussed to close the primaries were fraught with risk. Whether it was a lawsuit, assuming the financial obligation of administering the entire primary, or funding a lawsuit to close the primary, the cost would be shouldered by all Republicans with no guarantee of success and a likelihood of failure.

The singular criticism surrounding the partially open primary is the moderating effect it creates on Republican elections. Although independents are growing in America and in Arizona, Republicans continue to enjoy a significant voter registration advantage over the Democratic Party and continue to hold onto every major statewide elected office. Judging by the lack of moderate or liberal Republicans holding statewide offices, it is difficult to prove that the small number of independents are gaming the Republican primary.

If there is a real fear in closing the primary outside of costs, it is alienating Arizona’s right leaning independents. In fact, as independents continue to grow, the Republicans cannot simply ignore their growing influence but must be continually active in persuading them that their principles are aligned with traditional party beliefs. Many independents describe themselves as conservatives but simply don’t want the label of Republican.

The state executive committee made the right call to not divert resources away from the continued march of winning elections and enacting conservative policies by embarking on long and expensive lawsuits with no guarantee of success. Arizona’s Republican Party consists of a diverse group of voters, fighting for conservative principles that make our lives better every day. The Party, under the leadership of Robert Graham, should continue to focus on what it is doing well, winning short term victories and building long term relationships to enhance the Republican brand in Arizona.

Christopher Herring is the President of the Maricopa County Young Republican Professionals and member of the Arizona Republican Party Executive Committee.

AZGOP Chairman Robert Graham’s Sacrifice Means Victory

By Daniel Stefanski

A hearty thanks to AZGOP Chairman Robert Graham for working through another executive board meeting! Today, it sounds like the board voted against funding a lawsuit for closing Republican primaries. As it should have been, Robert allowed the motion to be voted on, and the representatives of the precinct and state committeemen did what they felt was in the best interest of the Arizona Republican Party and election victories in 2015 and 2016.

And for all the heartache by a select few over the closed meeting today, it was not closed to those who were duly elected in previous elections. Want to sit in and participate in future state party executive meetings that may be closed to observers? Run for election for one of those positions next time around. The process isn’t being obstructed. It’s being followed to the letter of the law.

Robert Graham voluntarily signed up for a non-paid job with round-the-clock hours, but he did not sign up for a job that featured lies, distortion and people from his own party working against future Republican victories to serve their own self interests. Before this meeting, Robert did not fight against the resolution to close our primary. Rather, he expressed his opinions and waited for the process to carry itself out. While false allegations that Robert was carrying out other interested party’s wishes swirled around prior to today’s meeting, it is now a fact that the AZGOP executive committee voted within their rights and responsibilities to table the closed primary funding proposal.

Though one will never come, I think Robert Graham is owed an apology for the way he has been treated and maligned by people who claim to be in the same party as him.

And to make up for an apology that will never come, I think Robert deserves thanks and encouragement by all those who appreciate the 2014 victories he was very instrumental in helping to achieve. We who were involved in the 2014 campaigns know how hard the State Party worked throughout the entire cycle.

Robert and the Arizona Republican Party have pledged to stay neutral in primaries, and they have remained faithful to that promise. The AZGOP has also always upheld the party platform during Robert’s tenure as chair. Those who claim that Robert is attempting to pave a path for any individual primary contender are doing so without any factual basis. Robert is not going to pull any favors for any candidate in a contested primary election, and he’s not going to lead the AZGOP towards an ideological potion that does not adhere to the entirety of our platform. Activists may “want” him to do their work for them in a contested primary election, but he’s just not going to do play favorites. So to save everyone’s time, let’s support our primary candidates and await the time when the AZGOP will be waiting for the Democrats with guns a-blazin’ after the winning Republicans make it past their primaries.

Thanks as well to everyone who sacrifices their time to serve at the AZGOP and on the executive committee!

Let’s work for some more GOP victories in 2015 and 2016! Who’s with me?!

MEDIA BLACKOUT – 35% of AZDems, 47% of AZ Latinos Support Deportation

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A recent poll conducted by ASU’s Morrison Institute for Public Policy focused on several issues including the most important issue facing Arizona and our economy, illegal immigration.  The stunning results were intentionally muted by the local media in order to hide the fact that a large swath of Arizona Democrats agree with conservatives on the issue of deporting those in the country illegally.

Possibly more stunning than the fact that 35% of Democrats agree with conservatives on enforcing current immigration law is that Arizona Latinos agree with conservatives at a greater rate than Arizona Democrats — 47%.

What portion of the poll did the news editors choose to cover? Pot legalization.

Here are the main points from the poll:

  • 30% of AZ Dems & 51% of AZ Latinos disagree with the following statement – “Undocumented immigrants bolster Arizona’s workforce and we should do whatever’s necessary to make it easier for them to come to Arizona.”
  • 35% of AZ Dems, 47% of Latinos, & 53% of Independents agree with the following statement –  “Arizona should aggressively pursue the deportation of undocumented immigrants”

We at ArizonaInformer are waiting with baited breath for Phoenix New Slimes “Fat Bastard” Stephen Lemons, Laurie Roberts, and Brahm Resnik to label Arizona Democrats and Latinos as racist, nativists, who seek to ‘ethnically cleanse’ Arizona.

Ken Bennett, Jeff DeWit, Casey Jones Endorse Robert Graham for AZGOP Chairman

Under Graham the “Conservative Cause Moved Forward” to “Make Great Gains in State and Nation”

PHOENIX – Arizona Republican Party Chairman Robert Graham today announced receiving additional endorsements from former Secretary of State Ken Bennett and State of Arizona Treasurer Jeff DeWit who are supporting his re-election as Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party.

Casey Jones, Chairman of the Cochise County Republican Committee, also endorsed Graham and was joined by two AZGOP Coalition Chairmen: Barry Wong, Chairman of the Asian American Coalition (Wong is also an elected AZGOP Member-at-Large in CD 7) and Clyde Bowen, Chairman of the Arizona American African Republican Committee. Judy Alexander, President of the Cobre Valley Republican Club also announced the club voted unanimously to endorse Graham for a second term.

“I had the privilege of serving our state these past years in legislative leadership and as the Secretary of State. As a life long Republican, and a current precinct committeeman and district chair, I understand the role that our state party can play in helping the party have current data, and a strong organization around the state. Under Chairman Robert Graham’s leadership, the conservative cause has moved forward and our state party has been strengthened. Robert has my support to serve another term,” said Ken Bennett, former Arizona Secretary of State and newly-elected Chairman of the Legislative District 24 Republican Committee.

“During my campaign, I tirelessly traveled to every corner of Arizona talking to voters about my Constitutional Conservative values and listening to what was important to them. Often, even in the furthest parts of our state, I saw Chairman Robert Graham and was impressed by how hard he was working to build the party. I am excited to serve Arizona and work with him in the coming years as we help the Conservative movement make great gains in our state and nation,” said State of Arizona Treasurer Jeff DeWit.

Ken Bennett Former Arizona Secretary of State

Ken Bennett
Former Arizona Secretary of State

Jeff DeWit State of Arizona Treasurer

Jeff DeWit
State of Arizona Treasurer

Barry Wong Asian American Coalition Chairman AZGOP Congressional District 7 Member at Large

Barry Wong
Asian American Coalition Chairman
AZGOP Congressional District 7
Member at Large

Rev. Clyde Bowen Chairman Arizona American African Republican Committee

Rev. Clyde Bowen
Chairman
Arizona American African Republican Committee

Casey Jones Cochise County Republican Committee Chairman

Casey Jones
Cochise County Republican Committee Chairman

Endorsements

 

Bruce Ash

National Republican Committeeman

Diane Douglas

Superintendent of Public Instruction

Sharon Giese

National Republican Committeewoman

Seraphim Larsen

Former 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

Congressman Paul Gosar 

Congressional District 4

 Irene Littleton

Pinal County Republican Committee Chairman

Vince Manfredi

Legislative District 4 Chairman (Pinal)

Mary Baumbach

Past President of the Ahwatukee Republican Women’s Club

Bill Beard

Pima County Republican Committee Chairman

Michael Ebert

Pima County Republican Club Chairman

Executive Committee (unanimous vote)

Pima County Republican Party

Congressman Trent Franks

Congressional District 8

 Councilman Sal DiCiccio

Phoenix City Council District 6

Representative Jill Norgaard

Arizona House of Representatives Legislative District 18

David Bushman

Former Chairman of Legislative District 18 Republican Committee

David Henderson

Legislative District 15 Republican Committee Chairman

Trevor Hansen

Legislative District 16 Republican Committee Chairman

Jorge Ortiz, Sr.

Legislative District 19 Republican Committee Chairman

Ray Malnar

Legislative District 20 Republican Committee Chairman

Kevin Payne

Legislative District 21 Republican Committee Chairman

Ron Harders

Legislative District 27 Republican Committee Chairman

Gary Hirsch

Legislative District 30 Republican Committee Chairman

Mark Brnovich

Arizona Attorney General 

Barbara Leff

Former Member Arizona House of Representatives
Former State Senator

Representative Steve Montenegro

Arizona House of Representatives
Legislative District 13

Gary Pierce

Former Corporation Commissioner

Former Member Arizona House of Representatives

 

Pierce and Montenegro Endorse Graham for Second Term as AZGOP Chairman

Graham a “defender of conservative principles” — “delivered tremendous success”

 

PHOENIX – Arizona Republican Party Chairman Robert Graham today announced two additional endorsements: Representative Steve Montenegro and former House member and former Corporation Commissioner Gary Pierce. 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.

“Robert Graham has been a defender of conservative principles and a tireless worker for Republicans in every part of this state. He is accessible, hard working, and committed to helping our party be successful in our fight against the left. I’m happy to support and endorse Robert Graham for Chairman,” said Representative Steve Montenegro of Legislative District 13 who also serves as House Majority Leader. The district includes western Maricopa County and northern Yuma County.

 

“I’ve won many elections as a conservative Republican and I know from experience that having a party chairman like Robert Graham is vital to winning. I’ve seen first-hand how Chairman Graham has planned for battle and raised money to get us the resources our party needs, and we’ve all seen how he’s delivered a tremendous success in our 2014 election victories. I heartily endorse Robert Graham for a second term as Chairman of the Arizona RepublicanParty,” said Gary Pierce, former member of the Arizona House of Representatives from the East Valley and former Corporation Commissioner.

Rep. Steve Montenegro

Arizona House of Represenatives

Legislative District 13

House Majority Leader

The Honorable Gary Pierce

Former Member Arizona House

of Representatives

Former Arizona Corporation Commissioner

 

Endorsements

 

Bruce Ash

National Republican Committeeman

Diane Douglas

Superintendent of Public Instruction

Sharon Giese

National Republican Committeewoman

Seraphim Larsen

Former 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

Congressman Paul Gosar

Congressional District 4

 Irene Littleton

Pinal County Republican Committee Chairman

Vince Manfredi

Legislative District 4 Chairman (Pinal)

Mary Baumbach

Past President of the Ahwatukee Republican Women’s Club

Bill Beard

Pima County Republican Committee Chairman

Michael Ebert

Pima County Republican Club Chairman

Executive Committee (unanimous vote)

Pima County Republican Party

Congressman Trent Franks

Congressional District 8

 Councilman Sal DiCiccio

Phoenix City Council District 6

Representative Jill Norgaard

Arizona House of Representatives Legislative District 18

David Bushman

Former Chairman of Legislative District 18 Republican Committee

David Henderson

Legislative District 15 Republican Committee Chairman

Trevor Hansen

Legislative District 16 Republican Committee Chairman

Jorge Ortiz, Sr.

Legislative District 19 Republican Committee Chairman

Ray Malnar

Legislative District 20 Republican Committee Chairman

Kevin Payne

Legislative District 21 Republican Committee Chairman

Ron Harders

Legislative District 27 Republican Committee Chairman

Gary Hirsch

Legislative District 30 Republican Committee Chairman

Mark Brnovich

Arizona Attorney General

Barbara Leff

Former Member Arizona House of Representatives
Former State Senator

Recently Elected Republican Party Leaders Throughout Maricopa County Endorse Robert Graham for Chairman

PHOENIX – Chairman Robert Graham of the Arizona Republican Party today announced additional endorsements from numerous elected Republican Party officials from throughout Maricopa County. 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.

I am proud to endorse Robert Graham for State Chairman. I have known Robert now for 4 years and I personally know how actively involved he is in moving our party forward. In addition to his duties as our current state chairman, Robert is an active PC in my District LD 15, where he was our highest recruiter of PC’s over the past two years. I have personally witnessed the transformation and renovation of our former dilapidated headquarters building into a state of the art social media, technology war room staffed with dedicated technology experts devoted to keeping Arizona Red! Robert took over as chairman 2 years ago with a deficit of $70,000 which he turned that red line into black within 30 days and has kept our party’s balance in the positive ever since. I have also personally witnessed his energy and direct involvement in our community, welcoming different ethnic groups into both LD15 and other LD’s statewide. Our party so needs this type of outreach and Robert’s purposeful dedication to this and projects such as paid registration drives has increased Republican registrations 10,000 more than Democrats at this time two years ago! Again I am proud to endorse Robert Graham for State Chairman!” said David Henderson, Chairman of the Legislative District 15 Republican Committee.

“Robert Graham is a positive leader who wants to advance conservative principles. We are lucky to have a leader who embraces new technology, is a great fundraiser, and can enthusiastically lead our party to elect a Republican nominee for President in 2016,” said Trevor Hansen, Chairman of the Legislative District 16 Republican Committee.

Former Legislative District 18 Chairman David Bushman has also endorsed Graham, as has Mary Baumbach, past President of the Ahwatukee Republican Women’s Club.

“Friends, as an LD Chairman of LD19 , precinct committeeman and grassroots activist, I am proud to support Chairman Robert Graham for re-election as State Chairman. With his business background, Robert was able to increase the resources at the State Party’s disposal and increase outreach to minority groups. There is no one better positioned to run the State Party as we get ready for 2016 and I’m proud to throw my full support behind him,” said Jorge Ortiz, Sr., Chairman of the Legislative District 19 Republican Committee.

“I am proud to endorse Chairman Robert Graham in his re-election for State Party Chairman. He has spent countless hours working with and supporting grassroots conservatives across this state. He brings high energy, great resources and an unwavering work ethic to the State Party. As a precinct committeeman and LD-20 chairman, my full support is with Robert,” said Ray Malnar, Chairman of the Legislative District 20 Republican Committee.

“Chairman Robert Graham has my support and endorsement for re-election as AZGOP Chairman. Chairman Graham has done an outstanding job of helping to achieve GOP wins throughout the state. Through his leadership we have made huge gains in technology such as i360 and we were able to re-open the West Valley Republican Victory Office where we staged many events including walks and phone banks. His RAT pack did so much to strengthen our ranks and could be focused like a laser where needed. He has done far more to support PCs than any other Chairman in recent history.  I look forward to two more years working with Robert and his staff. Please join me in supporting Robert Graham for Chairman of the AZGOP,” said Kevin Payne, Chairman of the Legislative District 21 Republican Committee.

Graham has been endorsed by Eric Morgan, Chairman of the Legislative District 22 Republican Committee, who thanked Graham several months ago and said, “Not only do I know Robert to be a champion for conservative, constitutionally sound Republican principles but I have also found him to a master at positioning our state party exactly where it needs to be.”

After some difficult times and having to make difficult decisions regarding candidates. elections and policies, Robert Graham has helped LD 27 reach out to the minority voters in our community and has pledged his support in our ongoing efforts in the future. Therefore, I am endorsing him to continue as Chairman in the coming term,” said Ron Harders, Chairman of the Legislative District 27 Republican Committee.

“As conservatives we know we are right on the issues and our ideas make sense for all Americans. Just as a rising tide lifts all boats, a strong, cohesive message of the virtues and blessings of our Republican principles resonate with voters every time that message is properly delivered. Chairman Robert Graham is bringing forth that message with the innovation and effective leadership we needed to enhance our traditional Republican constituencies and is rapidly building solid new alliances that can bring the kind of election victories that will have a real impact on public policy in Arizona and support our national Republican agenda. I encourage all Republicans to join me in supporting Robert Graham for another term as our State Party Chairman,” said Gary Hirsch, Chairman of the Legislative District 30 Republican Committee.

Maricopa County is Arizona’s most populated county and home to nearly 700,000 Republican voters, about 60 percent of all Republicans in Arizona. Legislative District map is here.

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

Congressman Paul Gosar

Congressional District 4

 Irene Littleton

Pinal County Republican Committee Chairman

Vince Manfredi

Legislative District 4 Chairman (Pinal)

John Acton

Pinal County District 7 Constable

Bill Beard

Pima County Republican Committee Chairman

Michael Ebert

Pima County Republican Club Chairman

Executive Committee (unanimous vote)

Pima County Republican Party

Congressman Trent Franks

Congressional District 8

Councilman Sal DiCiccio

Phoenix City Council District 6

Rep. Jill Norgaard

Arizona House of Representatives
Legislative District 18

David Bushman

Former Chairman of Legislative District 18 Republican Committee

Ted Cruz, A Favorite with Maricopa County Republican PC’s at Recent Meeting

As part of last Saturday’s Maricopa County Repubilcan Committee Convention, a Presidential Preference Straw Poll was held and this year’s winner was Texas Senator Ted Cruz. Coming in second was Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, and third was Ben Carson, whose supporters also went all out, setting up tables and hustling for votes among the GOP faithful.

Cruz’ victory wasn’t a surprise to conservative consultant Constantin Querard. “Ted Cruz does well with Republicans because he paints in bright colors and offers genuine contrast. He’s not afraid to speak the truth and his message of opportunity and optimism resonates with voters.” said Querard, who admitted to being a Cruz fan and whipping the vote for his preferred candidate in the straw poll.

Walker remains a conservative hero after passing several reforms in his blue state and then surviving a massive and well-funded recall effort.

Carson’s opposition to ObamaCare seemed to be his greatest selling point, although questions remain about his position on 2nd Amendment issues in particular.

Other candidates who performed well included Mitt Romney, Jeb Bush, and Rand Paul.

The candidates and their vote totals were as follows:

Ted Cruz 66
Scott Walker 59
Ben Carson 49
Mitt Romney 43
Jeb Bush 30
Rand Paul 29
Mike Huckabee 16
Rick Perry 13
Allen West 10
John Kasich 7
Newt Gingrich 5
Bobby Jindal 5
Condoleezza Rice 5
Dennis Michael Lynch 4
Rick Santorum 4
John Bolton 3
Marco Rubio 3
Chris Christie 2
Susana Martinez 2
Sarah Palin 2
Mike Pence 2
Herman Cain 1
Mitch Daniels 1
Nikki Haley 1
Paul Ryan 1
John Thune 1

Aaron Borders Reveals How He Nearly Pulled Off Upset in Democrat-Dominated District

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PHOENIX – Let’s meet former Arizona House candidate, Aaron Borders, who ran in Legislative District 29 in Phoenix’s West Valley. After nearly two years of campaigning in an uphill battle, Aaron came surprisingly close to winning in an area where he was not supposed to even come close. Zeyna Aouad, the AZGOP’s Voter Data Director, interviewed Aaron to learn more about how he managed to persuade so many voters in a predominately Democrat area to vote for a Republican.

Aaron’s district is located on the west side of Phoenix, one which has consistently elected Democrats to the House. On November 4th, the election results showed that Democrats would keep the two seats; however, the race this time was much closer than expected. This should be very concerning to Democrats, and it signals they’re losing their traditional stronghold there. In this district with only 20 percent of the voters registered as Republican, Aaron earned 30 percent of the vote. That means he not only had the expected Republican support but was tremendously appealing to independent voters. Unfortunately, he was bested by the next highest vote getter, the Democrat who received 34 percent of the vote even though Democrats make up 38 percent of the electorate in the district.

So not only did the Democrat underperform miserably, Aaron overperformed by a 50 percent margin. Were it not for such a lopsided district, Aaron’s efforts would have rewarded him with a seat in the Arizona House of Representatives.

Aaron said his strategy was simple: he started early. “We started this race exactly two years ago on January 17, 2013 — we went to PTA’s in the district, to non-political community events, met the leaders in the community and got deeper involved in basic community activities.” He also mentioned that“apolitical” people in the community were used to politicians talking their ears off with false promises. “What we did was different,” he said. “We showed up with volunteers and went to work with them, whether it was painting over vandalism or helping out at charitable events. It opened up dialogs about my candidacy across all parties, religions, and ethnic groups. It gave me a special platform most candidates never have.”

For Aaron, his ability to appeal to independent voters and ethnic groups won him many votes. “We spent a lot of time in the first 6-8 months polling and finding out what the issues were. Then we picked the top 3 and came up with solutions. We then stayed away from jumping into and interjecting our opinions in every hot-button day-to-day topic and stayed focused on the 3 main issues and 3 solutions.” He also credits a strong social media presence for engaging different types of voters.

During his campaign, his team was able to knock on tens of thousands of doors. When asked what he was most proud of this election cycle, he said he was most proud of his team. “They looked past the political numbers and busted their tail and in the end in a Democrat district that has twice as many Democrats as Republicans, we lost by only a small margin. None of that could have happened without the support of the grassroots team that believed in the strategy.

Voters have not heard the last from Aaron: he’s just been elected to a two year term as 2nd Vice Chair of the Maricopa County Republican Committee, and now shares leadership responsibility for Maricopa County’s nearly 700,000 Republican voters.