Arizona Politics for Conservatives: Sonoran Alliance http://sonoranalliance.com Arizona Politics, News, Commentary and Information with a Blatantly Conservative Worldview Presented by an Alliance of Writers, Activists, Consultants and Government Insiders. Mon, 22 Dec 2014 23:58:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1 Republican Leaders in Maricopa, Graham, Coconino and Gila Counties Endorse Robert Graham http://sonoranalliance.com/2014/12/22/36046/ http://sonoranalliance.com/2014/12/22/36046/#respond Mon, 22 Dec 2014 23:58:59 +0000 http://sonoranalliance.com/?p=36046 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)

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Pima County GOP Chairmen Endorse Robert Graham for Chairman of Arizona Republican Party http://sonoranalliance.com/2014/12/22/pima-county-gop-chairmen-endorse-robert-graham-for-chairman-of-arizona-republican-party/ http://sonoranalliance.com/2014/12/22/pima-county-gop-chairmen-endorse-robert-graham-for-chairman-of-arizona-republican-party/#respond Mon, 22 Dec 2014 18:25:58 +0000 http://sonoranalliance.com/?p=36043 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

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Senate President Andy Biggs Endorses Robert Graham for Chairman of Arizona Republican Party http://sonoranalliance.com/2014/12/20/senate-president-andy-biggs-endorses-robert-graham-for-chairman-of-arizona-republican-party/ http://sonoranalliance.com/2014/12/20/senate-president-andy-biggs-endorses-robert-graham-for-chairman-of-arizona-republican-party/#respond Sat, 20 Dec 2014 23:55:09 +0000 http://sonoranalliance.com/?p=36041 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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Martha McSally Announces Transition Team http://sonoranalliance.com/2014/12/19/martha-mcsally-announces-transition-team/ http://sonoranalliance.com/2014/12/19/martha-mcsally-announces-transition-team/#respond Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:05:25 +0000 http://sonoranalliance.com/?p=36038 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.

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Michele Reagan Announces Leadership Team http://sonoranalliance.com/2014/12/19/michele-reagan-announces-leadership-team/ http://sonoranalliance.com/2014/12/19/michele-reagan-announces-leadership-team/#respond Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:42:50 +0000 http://sonoranalliance.com/?p=36036 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.

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Commissioner Tom Forese Endorses Robert Graham for Chairman of Arizona Republican Party http://sonoranalliance.com/2014/12/18/commissioner-tom-forese-endorses-robert-graham-for-chairman-of-arizona-republican-party/ http://sonoranalliance.com/2014/12/18/commissioner-tom-forese-endorses-robert-graham-for-chairman-of-arizona-republican-party/#respond Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:15:05 +0000 http://sonoranalliance.com/?p=36027 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

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Republican Women Leaders Endorse Robert Graham for Second Term as AZGOP Chairman http://sonoranalliance.com/2014/12/10/republican-women-leaders-endorse-robert-graham-for-second-term-as-azgop-chairman/ http://sonoranalliance.com/2014/12/10/republican-women-leaders-endorse-robert-graham-for-second-term-as-azgop-chairman/#respond Thu, 11 Dec 2014 05:00:43 +0000 http://sonoranalliance.com/?p=36014 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

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State Senator Kelli Ward Endorses Lisa Gray and Jeni White for Maricopa County Republican Party Leadership http://sonoranalliance.com/2014/12/09/state-senator-kelli-ward-endorses-lisa-gray-and-jeni-white-for-maricopa-county-republican-party-leadership/ http://sonoranalliance.com/2014/12/09/state-senator-kelli-ward-endorses-lisa-gray-and-jeni-white-for-maricopa-county-republican-party-leadership/#respond Tue, 09 Dec 2014 22:21:44 +0000 http://sonoranalliance.com/?p=36012 Header3


Phoenix, AZ
 – State Senator and incoming Chairman of the Senate Education Committee Kelli Ward has endorsed Lisa Gray and Jeni White for Maricopa County Republican Party Leadership.

“While I don’t live in Maricopa County, what happens in Maricopa County affects the entire state and with the 2016 Presidential election right around the corner we need strong leadership at the helm of Maricopa County,” said Ward. “That’s why I’m fully supporting Lisa Gray for Chairman and Jeni White for First Vice-Chair. These two women are dynamite and you couldn’t ask for a better team. Both are not only solid conservatives but they also have a proven track record of getting things done and our state would greatly benefit from these two leading Maricopa County.”

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Lisa Gray and Jeni White have been deeply involved in grassroots politics for years.  Both have a long list of concrete accomplishments and leadership positions held, including serving as Legislative District Chairmen, and a proven track record of working together. To learn more about the candidates and details of their plan, please visit www.TeamRed.GOP

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State Senator-Elect Debbie Lesko Endorses Lisa Gray for Chairman of the Maricopa County Republican Party http://sonoranalliance.com/2014/12/09/state-senator-elect-debbie-lesko-endorses-lisa-gray-for-chairman-of-the-maricopa-county-republican-party/ http://sonoranalliance.com/2014/12/09/state-senator-elect-debbie-lesko-endorses-lisa-gray-for-chairman-of-the-maricopa-county-republican-party/#respond Tue, 09 Dec 2014 21:57:35 +0000 http://sonoranalliance.com/?p=36007 Header3

Phoenix, AZ – Legislative District 21 State Senator-Elect, Debbie Lesko has endorsed Lisa Gray for Chairman of the Maricopa County Republican Party.

“I wholeheartedly support Lisa and her candidacy for Chairman of our County Party. Lisa is a proven leader, full of energy and passionate about the Republican Party,” said Lesko. “Being in the same district as Lisa, I have witnessed first hand how she works tirelessly organizing precinct walks, fundraising events, PC training, and GOTV efforts. I know that she will lead Maricopa County with the same energy and passion as she has in the West Valley. I encourage all Precinct Committeemen to join me in supporting Lisa Gray.”

“I’m honored to have Senator-Elect Lesko’s support,” said Gray. “Debbie is a staunch conservative and a strong supporter of limited government and fiscal responsibility. Debbie also isn’t afraid to stand up for what is right even when it isn’t popular to do so. I have a lot of respect for Senator-Elect Lesko.”

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Lisa has been deeply involved in grassroots politics for years in Arizona. Most recently she was the campaign manager for State Treasurer-Elect Jeff DeWit and coordinator for the AZGOP Super Saturday statewide GOTV effort. She has a long list of leadership experience including serving as a Legislative District Chairman, First and Second Vice Chairman, Sun City Republican Club President and Northwest Valley Tea Party Co-Leader. To learn more, visit www.TeamRed.GOP

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Sheriff Joe Arpaio Endorses Aaron Borders for Maricopa GOP 2nd Vice Chair http://sonoranalliance.com/2014/12/08/sheriff-joe-arpaio-endorses-aaron-borders-for-maricopa-gop-2nd-vice-chair/ http://sonoranalliance.com/2014/12/08/sheriff-joe-arpaio-endorses-aaron-borders-for-maricopa-gop-2nd-vice-chair/#respond Tue, 09 Dec 2014 02:15:02 +0000 http://sonoranalliance.com/?p=36004 Aaron Borders

(Phoenix) – Today, Aaron Borders announced the coveted endorsement of Sheriff Joe Arpaio in his run for 2nd Vice Chair of the Maricopa County Republican Committee. Sheriff Arpaio, known nationally for his stubborn commitment to enforce immigration laws against growing odds, is a highly respected voice amongst conservatives in the Republican Party.

Sheriff Arpaio said, “Aaron Borders will be a welcome addition to the MCRC leadership team, and I highly endorse him for the position of 2nd Vice Chair. His work ethic and conservative principles are needed in our Party in order to win elections in the 2016 cycle. I look forward to seeing what Aaron can bring to the MCRC in the months ahead, and I hope that you will join me in supporting Aaron Borders for 2nd Vice Chair of the Maricopa County Republican Committee.”

“I am so humbled and encouraged by Sheriff Arpaio’s endorsement,” Borders stated. “His conservative leadership in the face of Obama’s lawless administration is admirable and the main reason I pushed to earn his endorsement. The road to Party leadership in Arizona usually goes through the toughest Sheriff in America, and I am blessed to have his support as I move forward to the MCRC elections.”

Aaron Borders is married to Shelly Borders, a fourth-generation Arizonan. They have four young children. Aaron is a business owner, a board member of the West Valley Youth Sports Commission, and a licensed financial specialist. In his limited free time, Aaron enjoys serving at his church, spending time with his family and coaching his sons in football. In addition to Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Aaron has been endorsed by Arizona House Majority Leader-elect Steve Montenegro, Arizona House Majority Whip-elect David Livingston, Representative Darin Mitchell, Senator Don Shooter, Maricopa Community College At-Large-elect Tracy Livingston, former LD 16 Chairman Constantin Querard and many other active Maricopa County Precinct Committeemen.

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Robert Graham Endorsed by Elected GOP Leaders Throughout Arizona http://sonoranalliance.com/2014/12/08/robert-graham-endorsed-by-elected-gop-leaders-throughout-arizona/ http://sonoranalliance.com/2014/12/08/robert-graham-endorsed-by-elected-gop-leaders-throughout-arizona/#respond Tue, 09 Dec 2014 00:51:58 +0000 http://sonoranalliance.com/?p=36001

PHOENIX – Robert Graham today received endorsements from three important party leaders, spanning the state and including both rural and Valley GOP organizations. Party leaders elected by Apache County and Yuma County Republicans joined with the Legislative District 22 (Sun City West/Peoria) leader in Maricopa County to endorse Robert Graham 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.

Delos Bond, Chairman of the Apache County Republican Committee in northeast Arizona, wrote to Graham, “I want to congratulate you on a very successful campaign season for the Arizona Republican Party and Republican candidates this past mid-term election. Your special leadership and campaign plan, along with your fundraising effort has laid the foundation for Republican success across the State of Arizona. As you are moving forward with your campaign for another term as Party Chairman, I want you to know, you have my personal endorsement and I will continue to support you as Chairman for the Arizona Republican Party for the great State of Arizona.”

Jonathan Lines, Chairman of the Yuma County Republican Central Committee in southwest Arizona, also endorsed Graham.
These two county party chairmen were joined by Eric Morgan, Chairman of Legislative District 22 in Maricopa County. Morgan said, “I am pleased to support Robert Graham for State Chairman of the Republican Party of Arizona. 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. For local committees to make serious headway advancing Republican principles, our party needs infrastructure, knowledge, tools and money. Robert Graham understands this and in two short years has made monumental strides in making readily available the resources local committees need to not only win elections, but promote Republican values among the voters and expand the party in the years beyond a very successful 2014. He has led the forging of new and repairing of old alliances with vastly varying communities of interest across the state, giving us, the volunteers of the party, the opportunities to engage in discussion and advance our message. At the same time, he earned the respect of many important organizations nationwide, positioning Arizona as a model for the nation. He’s done this while respecting the autonomy and direction of the individual districts, counties, and their Republican volunteers. Thanks to Robert and his team, we now have an ever expanding set of resources to allow each of us to continue pushing the needle to the right. I look forward to seeing what we can accomplish together over the next two years leading to November 2016.

 

Delos Bond Apache County GOP Chairman

Delos Bond
Apache County GOP Chairman

Jonathan Lines Yuma County GOP Chairman

Jonathan Lines
Yuma County GOP Chairman

Eric Morgan LD 22 Chairman

Eric Morgan
LD 22 GOP Chairman

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Pinal County Republican Chairman Endorses Robert Graham for AZGOP Chairman http://sonoranalliance.com/2014/12/06/pinal-county-republican-chairman-endorses-robert-graham-for-azgop-chairman/ http://sonoranalliance.com/2014/12/06/pinal-county-republican-chairman-endorses-robert-graham-for-azgop-chairman/#respond Sun, 07 Dec 2014 03:25:39 +0000 http://sonoranalliance.com/?p=35997

PHOENIX – Robert Graham, Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party, today received an endorsement from Pinal County GOP Chairman Seraphim Larsen, who credited Graham for helping the county party win every contested race in the county. Graham is up for reelection to be decided at the meeting of the State Committee on January 24, 2015 at the Grace Community Church in Tempe.

Larsen wrote“It has been such a pleasure working with Robert Graham on our Republican Get Out The Vote effort this election season. We have never had such an easy time coordinating with the state party.“Chairman Graham set up regional AZGOP Victory Offices all over the state. The staff at the offices in our area bent over backwards to help our county PC efforts in whatever way possible — providing meeting space on short notice, delivering GOTV materials all across the county, and just being available to help.

“Chairman Graham did a fantastic job raising money for the Republican Party, and gladly shared those funds with local party organizations. Our Pinal County PCs are well organized for boots-on-the-ground GOTV work, and with slate cards customized for each local area, designed and delivered by us but paid for by AZGOP, we reached twice as many voters as we have ever done in the past.

“All these efforts produced fantastic results in Pinal County, winning every contested race in the county. I would love to see this fruitful collaboration continue, and I heartily endorse Robert Graham for re-election as AZGOP Chairman.”

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Seraphim Larsen, Chairman of the Pinal County Republican Committee

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Superintendent-Elect Diane Douglas Endorses Robert Graham for Second Term as AZGOP Chairman http://sonoranalliance.com/2014/12/05/superintendent-elect-diane-douglas-endorses-robert-graham-for-second-term-as-azgop-chairman/ http://sonoranalliance.com/2014/12/05/superintendent-elect-diane-douglas-endorses-robert-graham-for-second-term-as-azgop-chairman/#respond Sat, 06 Dec 2014 00:01:47 +0000 http://sonoranalliance.com/?p=35994

PHOENIX – Today Robert Graham, Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party first elected in January of 2013, received the endorsement of Diane Douglas, who was recently elected Arizona’s Superintendent of Public Instruction. Graham is up for reelection to be decided at the meeting of the State Committee on January 24, 2015 at the Grace Community Church in Tempe.

Superintendent-Elect Douglas, who will take the oath of office and begin a four year term in January, said,“I’m happy to support Robert Graham’s reelection as chairman of the Arizona Republican Party. Robert led the Republican team on a successful Victory Tour just days after the primary election. I know that he cared about my campaign and worked tirelessly for the election of our entire state team. Robert is committed to defending conservative principles. Robert stood up for Arizona parents by joining the unanimous vote at the Republican National Committee to oppose the federal intrusion into our state education system and our local schools through Common Core and other federal controls. I appreciate his commitment to our shared values supporting options and choices for parents for their children’s education. Join me in voting to re-elect Robert Graham as our Arizona Republican Party Chairman.”

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Superintendent-Elect Diane Douglas

Graham thanked Douglas saying, “With 1.5 million voters casting a vote for Superintendent of Public Instruction, every vote mattered in a contest decided by a 1 percent margin. Diane worked with our Victory team to travel the state, work with the slate of candidates, and to hold to her solid values and opposition to Common Core. We are lucky to have her as our Superintendent.”

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James Dutton, Chairman of Yavapai County GOP, Endorses AZGOP Chairman Robert Graham for Second Term http://sonoranalliance.com/2014/12/04/james-dutton-chairman-of-yavapai-county-gop-endorses-azgop-chairman-robert-graham-for-second-term/ http://sonoranalliance.com/2014/12/04/james-dutton-chairman-of-yavapai-county-gop-endorses-azgop-chairman-robert-graham-for-second-term/#respond Fri, 05 Dec 2014 04:36:57 +0000 http://sonoranalliance.com/?p=35990 PHOENIX – The Arizona Republican Party’s Chairman, Robert Graham, today received the endorsement of James Dutton who serves as Chairman of the Yavapai County Republican Committee. Graham is up for reelection at the meeting of the State Committee to be held on January 24, 2015 at the Grace Community Church in Tempe.

In his endorsement Chairman Dutton wrote, “The office of State Chairman requires a multi-talented person with above average character and integrity. Someone who can raise funds without caveats, forge alliances without unsavory contingencies, and who stands unapologetically for the principles and platform of the Republican Party. Robert Graham has proven himself to be this kind of leader, a man of vision, purpose and determination. He is a defender of constitutional government, conservative principles and personal liberty. Please join me in supporting Robert Graham for State Chairman.”

Yavapai County is home to more than 50,000 Republican voters, more than double the number of Democrats registered there. The county also enjoys consistently having the highest voter turnout in the state, most recently boasting a 60 percent turnout in the 2014 general election.

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“Recall Douglas” Leader Exposed As Bad Leader…. And Poor Speller http://sonoranalliance.com/2014/12/04/recall-douglass-leader/ http://sonoranalliance.com/2014/12/04/recall-douglass-leader/#respond Thu, 04 Dec 2014 19:07:14 +0000 http://sonoranalliance.com/?p=35983 Espy(screenshot: DianeDouglas.com)

  • Anthony Espinoza is the founder and leader of the RECALL DOUGLAS campaign
  • Misspelled his name on Recall Douglas PAC’s forms
  • Teaches at MC Cash Elementary School as their ‘Technology Teacher’
  • Is a Democrat Party Precinct Committeeman and Liberal Activist
  • Graduated from ‘Arizona Stare University’ (see screenshot above)
  • Allegedly fired from the Murphy School District for ‘abandoning teaching post’

Unlike Arizona Republic’s EJ Montoni, Arizona Liberal Watch has “done their homework” on the man behind the ‘RECALL DOUGLAS’ campaign.

Get your bag of popcorn ready and then click here to read the entire piece.

 

 

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