NFIB/Arizona Endorses 43 Legislative Candidates for the General Election

Photographed holding one of NFIB’s signature “Small Business’ Choice” campaign sign-toppers, NFIB/Arizona Leadership Council Chairman Mark Giebelhaus congratulates former lawmaker Sylvia Tenney Allen after she was selected as replacement state senate nominee by Legislative District 6 Republicans at their August 30th special meeting in Flagstaff. The extraordinary selection became necessary when incumbent Sen. Chester Crandell died in an early-August horse-riding accident after primary ballots had already been sent to voters. Mr. Giebelhaus was on hand at the GOP meeting to inform Mrs. Allen that she would receive NFIB/Arizona SAFE Trust’s endorsement. Mrs. Allen served in the Arizona Senate from 2008 to 2013 rising to the position of Senate President Pro Tempore in 2011. While in office, she achieved a perfect 100-percent score on NFIB/Arizona’s Voting Records during her four-and-a-half years in the legislature.

Photographed holding one of NFIB’s signature “Small Business’ Choice” campaign sign-toppers, NFIB/Arizona Leadership Council Chairman Mark Giebelhaus congratulates former lawmaker Sylvia Tenney Allen after she was selected as replacement state senate nominee by Legislative District 6 Republicans at their August 30th special meeting in Flagstaff. The extraordinary selection became necessary when incumbent Sen. Chester Crandell died in an early-August horse-riding accident after primary ballots had already been sent to voters. Mr. Giebelhaus was on hand at the GOP meeting to inform Mrs. Allen that she would receive NFIB/Arizona SAFE Trust’s endorsement. Mrs. Allen served in the Arizona Senate from 2008 to 2013 rising to the position of Senate President Pro Tempore in 2011. While in office, she achieved a perfect 100-percent score on NFIB/Arizona’s Voting Records during her four-and-a-half years in the legislature.

The political action committee of Arizona’s leading small-business association today announced its General Election endorsements of 43 candidates for the Arizona Senate and Arizona House of Representatives.

“The legislative candidates endorsed by NFIB today are proven friends of free enterprise whom Arizona small-business owners can trust to place their responsibility to taxpayers first over the interests of bigger government and its enablers,” said Farrell Quinlan, Arizona state director for the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB).

These endorsements are formally issued by the NFIB/Arizona Save America’s Free Enterprise (SAFE) Trust, the organization’s political action committee, and represent the culmination of the legislative candidate endorsement process for the small business advocacy group.

In July, NFIB endorsed 42 candidates in the primary phase with all but two advancing to the General Election—Rep. Carl Seel lost his primary and Sen. Chester Crandell passed away in August. The three new NFIB endorsements for the General Election are former state senator Sylvia Tenney Allen who was selected by her party to replace Sen. Crandell in the Legislative District 6 Senate contest and House candidates Noel Campbell in Legislative District 1 and Anthony Kern in Legislative District 20. NFIB is expected to announce soon small business’ choice for governor and attorney general.

NFIB/Arizona Legislative Endorsements in the 2014 General Election:

  • LD05 Senate: Kelli Ward
  • LD06 Senate: Sylvia Tenney Allen
  • LD10 Senate: Mark Morrison
  • LD11 Senate: Steve Smith
  • LD12 Senate: Andy Biggs
  • LD13 Senate: Don Shooter
  • LD14 Senate: Gail Griffin
  • LD15 Senate: Nancy Barto
  • LD16 Senate: David Farnsworth
  • LD17 Senate: Steve Yarbrough
  • LD20 Senate: Kimberly Yee
  • LD21 Senate: Debbie Lesko
  • LD22 Senate: Judy Burges
  • LD23 Senate: John Kavanagh
  • LD01 House: Noel Campbell
  • LD01 House: Karen Fann
  • LD05 House: Sonny Borrelli
  • LD06 House: Brenda Barton
  • LD06 House: Bob Thorpe
  • LD10 House: Todd Clodfelter
  • LD10 House: William Wildish
  • LD11 House: Mark Finchem
  • LD11 House: Vince Leach
  • LD12 House: Eddie Farnsworth
  • LD12 House: Warren Petersen
  • LD13 House: Darin Mitchell
  • LD13 House: Steve Montenegro
  • LD14 House: David Gowan
  • LD14 House: David Stevens
  • LD15 House: John Allen
  • LD16 House: Kelly Townsend
  • LD17 House: J.D. Mesnard
  • LD17 House: Jeff Weninger
  • LD18 House: Jill Norgaard
  • LD20 House: Paul Boyer
  • LD20 House: Anthony Kern
  • LD21 House: Rick Gray
  • LD22 House: David Livingston
  • LD22 House: Phil Lovas
  • LD23 House: Michelle Ugenti
  • LD25 House: Rusty Bowers
  • LD25 House: Justin Olson
  • LD28 House: Shawnna Bolick

For more than 70 years, the National Federation of Independent Business has been the Voice of Small Business, taking the message from Main Street to the halls of Congress and all 50 state legislatures. NFIB annually surveys its members on state and federal issues vital to their survival as America’s economic engine and biggest creator of jobs. NFIB’s educational mission is to remind policymakers that small businesses are not smaller versions of bigger businesses; they have very different challenges and priorities.

NFIB Endorses 42 Legislative Candidates

Nine Newcomers Join 33 Incumbents as Small Business’ Choice

The political action committee of Arizona’s leading small-business association today announced its endorsements of 42 candidates for the Arizona Senate and Arizona House of Representatives.

NFIB/Arizona Leadership Council Chair Mark Giebelhaus and NFIB/Arizona State Director Farrell Quinlan flank LD18 House hopeful Jill Norgaard at the small business group’s Small Business Forum this week.

NFIB/Arizona Leadership Council Chair Mark Giebelhaus and NFIB/Arizona State Director Farrell Quinlan flank LD18 House hopeful Jill Norgaard at the small business group’s Small Business Forum this week.

“The legislative candidates endorsed by NFIB today are proven friends of free enterprise whom Arizona small-business owners can trust to place their responsibility to taxpayers first over the interests of bigger government and its enablers,” said Farrell Quinlan, Arizona state director for the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB).

NFIB/Arizona Leadership Council member Jeff Fleetham and LD28 House hopeful Shawnna Shawnna Bolick at the small business group’s Small Business Forum this week.

NFIB/Arizona Leadership Council member Jeff Fleetham and LD28 House hopeful Shawnna Shawnna Bolick at the small business group’s Small Business Forum this week.

The principal standard used to evaluate incumbents was their voting records on 12 bills supported or opposed by the National Federation of Independent Business during the 2013-2014 legislative sessions. Endorsements for non-incumbent candidates were largely based on the quality of their answers on a questionnaire. These endorsements are formally issued by the NFIB/Arizona Save America’s Free Enterprise (SAFE) Trust, the organization’s political action committee, and represent the culmination of the pre-primary phase of the candidate evaluation process. There may be further endorsements in select legislative and statewide races after the August 26th primary elections.

NFIB/Arizona Endorsements in 2014 Legislative Primary Contests

For more than 70 years, the National Federation of Independent Business has been the Voice of Small Business, taking the message from Main Street to the halls of Congress and all 50 state legislatures. NFIB annually surveys its members on state and federal issues vital to their survival as America’s economic engine and biggest creator of jobs. NFIB’s educational mission is to remind policymakers that small businesses are not smaller versions of bigger businesses; they have very different challenges and priorities.

One Team, Three Voices. LD6 Legislators to embark on Town Hall Tour.

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Three Arizona leaders endorse Brenda Barton

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Three Arizona leaders endorse Brenda Barton

Today, Brenda Barton received endorsements from three past Federation of Republican Women Presidents. These women are leaders in the Conservative movement and I am honored to have their support!
 
“I know Representative Barton is a staunch proponent of women’s involvement in politics…she continues to share her enthusiasm and political expertise, leads by example, and encourages all of us to stand up and make a difference. She certainly has! I will be voting for Brenda Barton to represent LD-6. I most strongly urge all voters concerned with the future of our District and our State to do the same.”
Joan Harris, Former President, Flagstaff Republican Women
 
“Brenda Barton is one of the hardest working people I know.  Through our time together in the Arizona Federation of Republican Women, I got to see firsthand Brenda’s ability to get the job done and build relationships along the way.  It is my pleasure to endorse Brenda Barton for re-election to the Arizona Statehouse.”
Leona Johnston, Former President, AZ Federation of Republican Women
 
“Arizona House of Representatives member Brenda Barton’s long-term efforts in growing Arizona’s agriculture economy, wisely managing our natural resources, and limiting government so that Arizona small businesses can thrive, make her an invaluable asset in the Arizona Legislature. Representative Barton is a strong voice for rural Arizona and her stance on the issues of education and health care continue to place her as one of Arizona’s most important elected officials. Representative Barton’s re-election is necessary to success in all aspects of Arizona’s economic growth, education improvement, and quality of life for all.”
Rae Chornenky, Immediate Past President, National Federation of Republican Women

To learn more about Brenda’s candidacy or donate to her campaign, please visit: www.Barton4AZ.com

 

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Brenda Barton receives support from the ranching community

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Brenda Barton has received support from the ranching community

What a week down at the capitol! Last week at 2AM we finally finished this years legislative session. Your support and hard work for me is amazing and I’m so thankful. A few supporters I want to share with all of you are:

– Bas Aja, Arizona Rancher
– Andy Grosetta, Yavapai County Rancher and past AzCGA President
– Michael MacCauley,  Coconino County Rancher and past President, CNRCD
– Hon. Terry Wheeler, Gila County Rancher and current Mayor of Globe
– Sen. Chester Crandell, Navajo County Rancher

Here is what they are saying:

On behalf of all of Arizona’s ranch families, I thank you and can’t say enough about how your courage is inspiring. You are unbelievably well-rounded and have been a stalwart leader for rural Arizona on the water issue.

Character is not formed, it is forged and revealed when the pressure is on – and your character is unrivaled. I know this has been tremendously difficult to deal with. Just know your leadership has not gone unnoticed – all of Arizona’s agriculture is seeing it firsthand!

You are a dream for all of Arizona’s cowboys!

– Bas Aja, Arizona Rancher

“Representative Barton has been a strong supporter of Arizona’s ranchers. She understands the importance of ranchers ability to use our natural resources to feed families and drive Arizona’s economy. Representative Barton is a strong leader for rural Arizona. She is a strong believer that farmers and ranchers are the true stewards of the land.  Representative Barton fights for the interests of rural Arizona, and that’s why I support Representative Barton.”

 – Andy Grosetta, Yavapai County Rancher and past AzCGA President

“If you want to meet a legislator that ranchers trust, look no further than Brenda. She is hands on and always going around the district talking with the people she represents. She came up to my ranch north of Williams to learn about our issues as ranchers. This shows that Brenda is a hardworker and someone who truly cares.”

– Michael MacCauley,  Coconino County Rancher and past President, CCNRCD

 

“Ranchers across Arizona should be grateful we have Brenda Barton fighting for us. She handles every issue with honor and integrity and is always fighting for rural Arizona.”

– Hon. Terry Wheeler, Gila County Rancher and current Mayor of Globe

I led the Arizona Legislature in recognizing a true family of Arizona agriculture, the Hickman Family. Here’s a link to the Proclamation of Recognition: Click here.

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State Representative Brenda Barton endorses Mark Brnovich for Attorney General

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State Representative Brenda Barton endorses Mark Brnovich for Attorney General

Today, Republican candidate for Attorney General Mark Brnovich received the endorsement of Representative Brenda Barton, who currently represents portions of Apache, Coconino, Gila, and Navajo County in Arizona’s legislative district 6.

“I am pleased to endorse Mark Brnovich for Arizona Attorney General. Arizona needs an Attorney General that has the drive, qualifications, and desire to push back against the overreach of the federal government,” said Brenda Barton. “Mark has always been a champion of property rights and believes in the necessity for Arizona to assume the sovereign rights of a state over the lands within our borders. Mark understands the priorities of rural Arizona and I’m giving him my full support.”

Representative Barton is the current Chairman of the House Agriculture and Water Committee and member of the Transportation Committee.

“I am honored to have the support of a lifelong Arizonan like Representative Barton. She has a proven track record of conservative values and has fought to protect Arizona’s natural resources for future generations,” Brnovich said.

Representative Brenda Barton joins U.S. Representative Trent Franks, County Attorney Bill Montgomery, Representatives Debbie Lesko, Paul Boyer, T.J. Shope, former State Senators Linda Gray, Barbara Leff, Arizona Christian University President Len Munsil, former State Treasurer Dean Martin, Coolidge Mayor Tom Shope, Chandler City Councilman Jeff Weninger and national and local conservative leaders like David McIntosh, Shane Wikfors, and Jennifer Wright in endorsing Mark Brnovich for Arizona Attorney General.

ABOUT MARK BRNOVICH

Raised in Arizona, Mark Brnovich is a graduate of Arizona State University. After law school, Mark prosecuted felonies in the Gang/Repeat Offender Bureau of the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office and worked as an Assistant Attorney General for Arizona and as Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona. Mark also served his country as the Command Staff Judge Advocate for the 153rd Field Artillery Brigade of the Arizona Army National Guard for eight years. Mark met his wife Susan while both were working as prosecutors. They live in Phoenix with their two daughters.

For more information, please visit www.Mark4AZ.com or find him on Facebook & follow him on Twitter @Mark4AZ.
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State Representative Brenda Barton Receives Three Major Congressional Endorsements

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February 6, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 

State Representative Brenda Barton Receives Three Major Congressional Endorsements

Applaud work being done for the people of rural Arizona

 
Citing Brenda’s conservative principles and leadership on the toughest issues facing rural Arizonan’s, Congressmen Franks, Gosar, and Schweikert endorsed Representative Brenda Barton in her re-election bid for the Arizona House in Legislative District 6.

“Today, I am pleased to endorse Representative Brenda Barton in her re-election for Arizona State House in Legislative District 6,” said Congressman Franks. “Brenda’s steadfast commitment to advancing conservative principles in the state house has been unparalleled.  Arizona needs leaders like her. From protecting the unborn, preserving our state and national forests, to balancing our budget and building an economy that generates jobs, Brenda has a proven track record of doing what’s right for Arizona.”

“I am pleased to support Brenda Barton in her campaign for re-election to the Arizona House of Representatives,” continued Congressman Gosar.  “I have had the pleasure to work closely with Brenda on the many public lands issues that impact rural Arizona.  She has rolled up her sleeves and met with me in the field to review the positive impacts of forest thinning and worked on the 4FRI forest restoration policy with me. We have discussed water policy and worked to protect vested water rights. On top of it all, Brenda is a great conservative who stays true to her ideals and works hard for her constituents.  Brenda is doing a great job for Arizona.”

“Brenda has what it takes to ensure Arizona stays on the road to recovery and I endorse her run for Legislative District 6,” Congressman Schweikert remarked. “While supporting limited government and fighting against federal overreach, Representative Barton has fought for balanced budgets and sensible spending reforms. We need a fighter like her in office and I am proud to join Brenda in the fight for our shared values.”

“I am honored and humbled to have the endorsements of conservative champions Congressmen Franks, Gosar, and Schweikert in my re-election to the Arizona Legislature,” said Barton.  “As Congressmen, all three of these men always put the people of Arizona first and never fall for Washington, DC tactics. The United States is on the path to recovery today because of the leadership these men provide on Capitol Hill.”

About Brenda Barton:

A 5th generation native of rural Arizona, Representative Barton retired from municipal service after over 21 years. First elected to office in 2010, she now chairs the important Agriculture and Water committee in the House. Brenda has made Arizona’s agriculture industry and securing our water supply a main focal point of her work in the Legislature.  A graduate of the Dodie London Excellence in Public Service Series program, and past state director of the Arizona Federation of Republican Woman, Brenda also serves on the North American Council of the State Agriculture and Rural Leaders Legislative Summit.

For more information, please contact Campaign Manager George Khalaf at (480) 560-5917 or george@dc-london.com

 

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Rep Brenda Barton Applauds Recent Reversal in USFS Hunter RV Enforcement

Representative Brenda Barton (R – Payson) said that she was, “greatly pleased ” at the sudden change of heart by the United States Forest Service (USFS). “This is a wonderful example of how federal agencies can work with local communities to resolve issues like these.  It’s the holiday season and the Forest Service has finally gotten into the spirit. ”

The USFS has recently reversed its seemly sudden policy of restricting hunters to a 72-hour rule.  Instead, they have made it clear that sportsmen may keep their trailers set up for the regular two-week period, and in many cases covering the term of their hunting permit.

Many local economies in Barton’s sprawling rural district rely on the revenues brought to their communities by sportsmen and hunters.  Barton concluded that “…this could have had negative economic impacts on several of the local communities in my district and I truly applaud the Forest Service decision to reverse their previous action.”

About Brenda Barton:

A 5th generation native of rural Arizona, Representative Barton retired from municipal service after over 21 years. First elected to office in 2010, she now chairs the important Agriculture and Water committee in the House. Brenda has made Arizona’s agriculture industry and securing our water supply a main focal point of her work in the Legislature.  A graduate of the Dodie London Excellence in Public Service Series program, and past state director of the Arizona Federation of Republican Woman, Brenda also serves on the North American Council of the State Agriculture and Rural Leaders Legislative Summit.

Representative Brenda Barton issues statement on recent Facebook post

As many are aware, some recent comments of mine on Facebook have touched a sensitive nerve with many people.  Additionally, many have simply taken my posting out of its contextual environment.  Had I chosen my words differently, or had the President offered to use the power of his office to lessen or mute the public impacts of this impasse in Washington, we might not be having this discussion.

Let me clarify that I never used the word or said that President Obama was “Hitler.”   That was a creative assumption of the Capitol Times reporter, who also reported that I referred to our government as a “Constitutional Democracy.”  I would never use that description because, we are in fact – through law and history – a Constitutional Republic.

What I did suggest, rather directly, was that the National Park Service enforcement personnel (referring to them as “thugs” for their reported behavior) were simply following orders of “their leader” – and I used the German phrase for emphasis, Der Fuhrer.  I am referencing the Presidents behavior as indicated by his actions. The Merriam-Webster New Collegiate Dictionary defines “Fuhrer” as “(2) a leader exercising tyrannical authority.”

Consider that the Affordable Care Act  (ACA) originated in the U.S. Senate.  The U.S. Constitution directly states that laws establishing new revenues must originate in the House of Representatives, so the House closest to the people can decide if they want to pay for the new spending.  The way the ACA was established was in direct contradiction to the Constitution.

President Obama has unilaterally changed the ACA several times, through waivers and exemptions, without returning it to Congress.  A president changing established law unilaterally?  Is that Constitutional or “exercising tyrannical authority”?

Consider the reports of the U.S. Park Service Supervisor in Washington, who spoke to the media and said that the Park Service was told to “make things as uncomfortable as possible.”  I ask you, who has the authority to give such a directive?

Please remember, that someone in the Administration directed the IRS to seek out and harass conservative groups and groups identifying themselves with the Tea Party.  Is that not “tyrannical authority” and did it not seem that IRS office personnel obeyed enthusiastically? What President of the people orders the NSA to spy on his citizens and sends the IRS against his enemies?  Is this not behavior in accord with tyrannical authority?

Arresting veterans for visiting their war memorials? Prohibiting Catholic priests from volunteering to perform the Mass for our Catholic men and women in uniform?  Closing businesses on federally leased land?  When did volunteering to minister to our armed forces become a bad thing in America?  How would you classify that; Constitutional authority or Tyrannical authority?

And tell me, how many times in eight years did the Progressive Left and the media depict President Bush with a funny little black mustache, or worse? Yet there was no indignant outrage shown by those who are today outraged at my choice of words. Actions speak louder than words; President Obama’s actions are what I have to base my observation of “tyrannical authority” on.

Nancy Pelosi has called conservatives “terrorists” and “legislative arsonists.” If I had simply said “the leader” in my Facebook post, would we be having this community discussion today?  My purpose was to bring to the public’s attention the actions and behaviors of our president and his administration since this government shut-down began.
For the record, I was suggesting that President Obama was behaving as a tyrant.  Didn’t the Founders of our country call their king a tyrant and worse?

The Declaration of Independence asserts that a government derives its powers and authority from the consent of the governed, and that governments are instituted among peoples to protect the people’s inherent rights endowed by their Creator. President Obama’s actions contradict these fundamental and foundational cornerstones of our Constitutional Republic.

Gabriela Saucedo Mercer endorsed by Arizona State Representative Brenda Barton

TUCSON, AZ – The office of Congressional Candidate Gabriela Saucedo Mercer announced she has received the endorsement of Arizona State Representative Brenda Barton.

Rep. Barton released the following statement today:

“Gabriela Saucedo Mercer, a naturalized citizen carries on that torch of freedom that brought so many to our shores. Outspoken, feisty Gabby disarms you with her easy laugh and willingness to listen. She’ll work hard for Arizona; she’ll work hard for the country she chose as her own. I am quite pleased and honored to lend my name as endorsing Gabriela Saucedo Mercer for Congress. She’ll make us proud and she won’t boycott Arizona!!” 

Candidate Saucedo Mercer has released the following response:

“I am honored to receive the endorsement of State Legislator Brenda Barton. She has been serving the people of Arizona and understands what it takes to represent the people. She has been an inspiration to me. She also encouraged me to apply to the Dodie Londen Excellence in Public Service Series program which prepared me to run for office. Again, I am honored and very grateful for her support.”