“Again, we had another strong showing in an online poll on the Governor’s race. With nearly 9,000 votes cast, a strong second place finish is great considering how far we have to go before the August primary. It just goes to show what a bold agenda can do.” – Al Melvin
State Treasurer Doug Ducey was the top vote-getter in the poll, but Melvin finished second, besting Secretary of State Ken Bennett by five percent and nearly doubling the votes received by the lone Democrat candidate in the poll.
“When you consider the statewide name ID of some of the candidates on that list, it is certainly encouraging to see that kind of growth in Senator Melvin’s support.” said Constantin Querard, a consultant to the campaign. “We know the poll is not a scientific measurement, but even as an anecdotal one, it speaks volumes to the Senator’s hard work around the state and his improving position in the race.”
The Capitol Times polls follows a recent online Tea Party poll that showed Melvin crushing the field among self-identified Tea Party voters.
Melvin serves as Chairman of the Commerce, Energy and Military Committee and founded the highly successful Mining Caucus and Tourism Caucus. He has had a long business career in international trade and transportation, is a graduate of the US Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, NY and received his MBA degree from Thunderbird-School of Global Management in Glendale, AZ. Prior to his election to the Senate, he taught college level courses as an adjunct, in economics, international business and management.
Melvin is a military veteran and graduate of the US Naval War College. He was awarded the Legion of Merit for his service as Squadron Commander of COMPSRONTWO, then the largest ship squadron in the US Navy (14 ships) based at the island of Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean. In 1999, after 30 years in the US Naval Reserve, he retired as a Navy Captain, the equivalent of a full colonel.
He is a member of the VFW, American Legion, Military Officers of America and other military related organizations. Sen. Melvin is a life Member of the NRA (National Rifle Association). He is a member of the Elks, Rotary and Knights of Columbus, and he remains a proud Eagle Scout (class of ’61).
Al and his wife Kou reside in SaddleBrooke in Pinal County, just north of Tucson and attend Santa Catalina Catholic Church in Catalina.
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