FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21st, 2013
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Smith, Leach and Finchem
form Conservative Team in LD11
~ Goal is to keep all three seats in conservative hands ~
As expected, a conservative team has come together in LD11. The team consists of State Representative Steve Smith, conservative activist Vince Leach, and former fire/police officer Mark Finchem. Smith, a former State Senator himself, is a candidate for the State Senate that Al Melvin is expected to vacate in order to run for Governor. Leach and Finchem are candidates for the two State House seats.
In 2010, Smith shocked the political world by beating longtime incumbent State Senator Rebecca Rios. In 2012, after the Democrats gerrymandered the districts to force him and fellow State Senator Al Melvin into the same district, Smith switched to the State House in order to preserve party unity and to ensure that conservatives would occupy all three legislative seats. His voting record remains one of the most conservative of any Republican and he continues to look after the best interests of Arizona taxpayers.
Leach is a SaddleBrooke resident and citizen activist who has been involved in GOP and Tea Party groups for years. Leach has also been active at the State Capitol, advocating for conservative bills. His existing relationships with legislators will give him a real advantage over other freshmen legislators, and it has already earned him the endorsement of Senator Al Melvin and former legislators Jonathan Paton and John Fillmore.
Finchem spent 21 years in public safety, first as a firefighter paramedic, later as a police officer. He eventually joined the private sector where he climbed the ranks into management of a large software company. Later, Mark made another career move into the real estate market. Finchem lives in Oro Valley and he and his wife are actively involved with a number of Christian faith organizations including Young Life and Family Life Radio.
The team will continue to build on its geographic and financial strength to prevail in both the primary and general elections.