Arizona Republican Leadership and Grassroots Support Mark Brnovich for Attorney General

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Arizona Republican Leadership and Grassroots Support Mark Brnovich for Attorney General

“I’m continually humbled by the level of support and encouragement our campaign receives. I can’t thank these folks enough for their dedication and their support in me as a candidate. I will not let them down.”

Today, Republican candidate for Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced the support of Republican grassroots leaders and party leadership from around Arizona. The first round of supporters includes:

  • Mickie Niland – Congressional District 5 Member-at-Large & Legislative District 12 Chair

  • Daniel Grimm – Congressional District 5 Member-at-Large

  • Haydee Dawson – Congressional District 5 Member-at-Large

  • Laddie Shane – Congressional District 6 Member-at-Large

  • Marcus Huey – Congressional District 8 Member-at-Large

  • Bill Baxter – Congressional District 9 Member-at-Large

  • Michelle Arnett – Mohave County GOP 2nd Vice Chair

  • Ray Sweeney – Maricopa County Member-at-Large

  • Donna Alu – Legislative District 9 GOP Chair

  • David Henderson – Legislative District 15 GOP Chair

  • Jerry Clingman – Legislative District 16 GOP Chair

  • Sandi Bartlett – Legislative District 17 GOP Secretary

  • Jeni White – Immediate Past Legislative District 18 Chair

  • Eric Morgan – Legislative District 22 GOP Chair

  • Paul Whetten – Legislative District 25 GOP Chair

  • Charlie Ellis – Legislative District 29 GOP Chair

  • John Wilson – Legislative District 29 GOP 1st Vice Chair

  • Jared Gorshe – Arizona Federation of College Republicans

  • Lilia Dashevsky – Arizona Teenage Republican Chair

  • Dylan Lefler – President, Northern Arizona College Republicans

  • Carlos Alfaro – President, Arizona State University College Republicans

  • Steven Lee – Vice President, Arizona State University College Republicans

  • Zoey Kotzambasis – President, University of Arizona College Republicans

What people are saying about Mark Brnovich:

“Mark Brnovich has been prepared to stand up professionally and boldly for Arizona. With his strong love for our state and its citizens, we will be in good hands. I am very enthusiastic about standing behind a man of such integrity!”

– Mickie Niland, LD12 Chair

“Integrity is something that is extremely important to me and the good people of Arizona. I support Mark Brnovich because, not only is he qualified for the position of AZ AG, he comes without “packed baggage” of scandals and investigations. Character matters. Integrity matters. Arizona deserves only the best.”
– Michelle Arnett, Mohave County 2nd Vice Chair
 
“Mark Brnovich will bring competency and integrity to the office of Attorney General. His experience and background will be beneficial in this position.”
– Sandi Bartlett, LD17 Secretary
 
“As the legal counsel for the state, the Attorney General of the State of Arizona must be a person of the utmost integrity. In Mark Brnovich, we find a unique combination of tenacity, qualification and the highest principles, making him the perfect steward.”
– Eric Morgan, LD22 Chairman

 

Mark Brnovich remarked: “I’m honored to receive the support of these hardworking activists who comprise the backbone of our party. These individuals represent a broad coalition of grassroots and party leadership support from around the state. These are the boots on the ground that win elections. I’m continually humbled by the level of support and encouragement our campaign receives. I can’t thank these folks enough for their dedication and their support in me as a candidate. I will not let them down.”

 

ABOUT MARK BRNOVICH

Mark Brnovich is a Republican candidate for Attorney General. He is challenging Tom Horne in the August Republican primary. Raised in Arizona, Mark Brnovich is a graduate of Arizona State University. Mark is an experienced federal and state prosecutor as well as previously endorsed by Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery and Congressman Trent Franks. For more information, please visit https://www.facebook.com/Mark4AZ

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Phoenix election results: Republicans prepare to retake Phoenix

Yesterday, the City of Phoenix wrapped up its first round of elections by finalizing who will fill at least three council seats.

(See Results)

Former State Senator, Jim Waring and current councilmen, Bill Gates and Michael Nowakowski easily won their primaries with Waring overcoming interim councilman Bryan Jeffries and Gates fending off a challenge by Steven Gross. Both districts traditionally elect Republicans but in District 7, Democrat Michael Nowakowski won handily against conservative populist challenger, Janet Contreras.

In District 1, it appears that incumbent Thelda Williams may hold on to the 50% plus one votes to win re-election from newcomer conservative challenger, Eric Frederick. Frederick’s supporters are holding out hope that uncounted ballots will deprive Williams the 50% plus one margin for Frederick to continue into a runoff election against her. Ballots will continue to be counted with an unofficial final result announced Friday.

Union-supported Democrat Daniel Valuenzuela may have anchored 42% of the vote in Council District Five but he most certainly will face a runoff against either Republicans Brenda Sperduti or Eric Sloan. At last count, only 27 votes separated both Republicans with Sperduti holding the lead. Tea Party activists had high hopes for Charlie Ellis who finished in 4th place.

But the real excitement occurred in the Phoenix Mayor’s race where Democrat Greg Stanton won almost 38% of the vote. Grouped behind him were five Republicans who combined, secured the remaining 62% of the vote. Republican Wes Gullett captured the highest number of votes at 20.54% guaranteeing him a spot in the runoff election. Following Gullett, were former councilmen Peggy Neely and Claude Mattox. Tea Party candidate, Jennifer Wright, who entered the race at the last minute finished with 11.47% of the vote with unknown Anna Brennan finishing last with almost 5% of the vote.

Republicans now have clear choices in the runoff election to be held in November with Wes Gullett at the head of the ticket. (Incidentally, I believe we broke the story of Wes Gullett entering the mayor’s race right here on Sonoran Alliance.)

Greg Stanton is known as a progressive San Francisco-style liberal Democrat which allows Wes Gullett to run the remainder of the campaign demonstrating a far more mainstream approach of governing the 6th most populated city in America. If Republicans consolidate votes from each of the other campaigns behind Wes Gullett, it is very likely Gullett will be the next Mayor of Phoenix.

Now my editorial.

It’s time to solidify support behind Wes Gullett. Phoenicians cannot afford a liberal progressive mayor like Greg Stanton. Stanton would bring a San Francisco, Gavin Newsom governing-style to Phoenix which would ultimately bankrupt the city. The good news is that Councilman Sal DiCiccio and Bill Gates have another conservative voice and ally on the council in Jim Waring. Should Thelda Williams win re-election (which appears likely) having Jim Waring join the team of conservatives will hopefully put pressure on Thelda to behave herself on votes regarding taxes on water, food and corporate subsidies.

Heading into the runoff set for November will be an exciting exercise in rallying behind a mayoral candidate who is dramatically ideologically different from his liberal Democratic opponent. Depending on who earns second place in district five will may also spark some excitement. Republican Eric Sloan could turn that race into a union vs the taxpayers campaign but a Sperduti win would deflate conservative hopes for reform against the union candidate, Valenzuela.

For those who find their campaigns at the end of the line, don’t rule them out of future political endeavors. This may very well be the beginning for several of them. Politics is oftentimes seen as a war of ideas and their campaigns may only be one battle in the effort to win the overall war.

Congratulations to Wes Gullett, Jim Waring, Bill Gates and the Democratic opponents! Thanks to those who gave it their best effort: Peggy Neely, Claude Mattox, and Jennifer Wright. Now it’s on to the runoff election in November in the battle for Phoenix.

Congressman Trent Franks Endorses Charlie Ellis in the race for Phoenix Council

Congratulations to Phoenix Council candidate, Charlie Ellis, in securing the endorsement of Congressman Trent Franks.

The following statement was released from Congressman Trent Franks:

“I am sincerely honored to endorse Charlie Ellis for Phoenix City Council in District 5. Charlie is solidly prolife, fiscally conservative and supports taxpayers and a smaller government, both locally and nationally. Charlie Ellis is an honest and committed American who deserves our support.”

Trent Franks

Charlie Ellis is running for Phoenix City Council in District 5. His website is located at www.CharlieEllisDistrict5.com.

City of Phoenix Elections – My Picks

The City of Phoenix Elections are finalized tomorrow with the polls closing at 7 PM. Several people have asked me who I would vote for if I were a resident of Phoenix. Here are my picks and a little advice as the outcome.

Mayor: Jennifer Wright
I have know Jennifer for over a year and believe she is what the City of Phoenix needs right now. She is an extremely hard worker ( worked with her) and there is no doubt in my mind that she would give 110% to the job. She is very conservative and I believe she would be a strong advocate for Phoenix taxpayers. She was the only mayoral candidate who completed and returned the Arizona Taxpayer’s Action Committee candidate questionnaire – which earned her an endorsment. (Disclaimer: I serve on the political action committee.) But a word of healthy caution. While we all like to rally behind our own candidate choices, we must remember that whoever wins tomorrow – and my guess is there will be a runoff – we all need to get behind that candidate in the runoff election.

District 1: Eric Frederick
Eric has worked very hard on this campaign to explain to the voters that he will not be like the current incumbent who voted for CityNorth, the 2% sales tax on food, the water rate hike and budgets that gave the government unions what they want. Hands down, Eric Frederick is the choice for City Council in District 1.

District 2: Jim Waring
I’ve know Jim Waring for several years and his voting record has demonstrated a commitment to taxpayers. Jim has worked extremely hard as a challenger to unseat the incumbent who is the head of one of the biggest government unions. I believe Jim Waring will carry over his strong advocacy for smaller, leaner, more responsive government to the City of Phoenix.

District 3: Bill Gates
Councilman Bill Gates has done a good job while serving on the council. I believe he deserves another term but I also believe he deserves some help in numbers. Both Sal DiCiccio and Bill Gates have done their best to hold back the current council but this election affords the opportunity to strengthen those numbers and get the City of Phoenix back on track.

District 5: Charlie Ellis
Charlie Ellis would make a great addition to the Phoenix Council in a district that has been hurting and requires someone with more of a conservative populist approach to governance. Charlie has worked this campaign hard meeting with a diverse cross section of people across the district. He will add a grassroots voice to the council once elected.

District 7: Janet Contreras
I have also know Janet Contreras for some time now and have seen her in action. Janet would also bring a strong populist, grassroots, citizen-advocate voice to the Phoenix Council. This is just what the City of Phoenix needs at a time when government unions are attempting to extract more money from the taxpayers while people are hurting. Janet deserves your vote.

Proposition 1: VOTE NO
Passage of Proposition 1 will allow the City of Phoenix to circumvent the Arizona Constitution’s limit on government growth. That constitutional provision limits a large portion of city government spending to a population plus growth formula. Every election cycle, cities such as Phoenix, ask the voters to usurp that constitutional limit so that it can actually spend more than the conservative population plus growth formula. Well, it’s on the ballot again. This time, the voters of Phoenix should vote NO on Proposition 1 (more info).

Disclaimer: These are my personal endorsements and not that of Sonoran Alliance (which has not issued any endorsements).

 

Arizona Taxpayer’s Action Committee Announces Initial Endorsements for Phoenix City Council

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 30, 2011
CONTACT: info@arizonataxpayeraction.com

(Phoenix, AZ) – The Arizona Taxpayer’s Action Committee announced its initial endorsements for Phoenix City Council today setting the stage for voters to make clear decisions in the August 30th Election. Early ballots will be sent out next Thursday, August 4th.

Candidates were asked a variety of questions related to tax rates, types of taxation, city budgeting, unions and the growth of city government. The survey is available online at: http://arizonataxpayeraction.com/documents/surveys/city/ATACCityCandidateSurvey2011.pdf.

This initial round of endorsements includes the following candidates:

Phoenix Mayor – Jennifer Wright
Phoenix Council, District 1 – Eric Frederick
Phoenix Council, District 5 – Charlie Ellis
Phoenix Council, District 7 – Janet Contreras 

Shane Wikfors, Treasurer for the political action committee remarked, “Voters have an obligation to elect the best candidates who will protect the taxpayers of the City of Phoenix.” He added, “We believe these are the best candidates to lead Phoenix government back to fiscal sanity and away from the unhealthy relationship with government unions.”

The PAC is expected to make additional endorsements over the next week including in the race for Phoenix Councils, districts 2 and 3 and, in the mayoral and council races in Tucson.

The Arizona Taxpayer’s Action Committee (ATAC) is the largest taxpayer advocacy political action committee in Arizona. ATAC recently participated in and won a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision eliminating the matching funds provision of Arizona’s “Clean Election” law.

For more information about the Arizona Taxpayer’s Action Committee, please visit www.ArizonaTaxpayerAction.com or email the committee at info@arizonataxpayeraction.com.

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Arizona Right to Life PAC Announces Endorsements for Phoenix City Council

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 30, 2011
CONTACT: AZRTL PAC

(PHOENIX, AZ) AZRTL PAC based the following determinations on the candidate’s answers to the AZRTL PAC questionnaire, their history of pro-life involvement, any history of voting on abortion related legislation, and their chances of defeating pro-abortion candidates.

The AZRTL PAC supports pro-life candidates at all levels of government, even if the pro-life issue may never come before them. We want to ensure that we elect solid pro-life candidates at all levels of government.

AZRTL PAC endorses the following candidates for Phoenix City Council:

District 1: Eric Fredrick

District 2: Jim Waring

District 3: Bill Gates

District 5: Charlie Ellis

District 7: Janet Contreras

The Arizona Right to Life Political Action Committee is Arizona’s oldest, largest, and strongest political pro-life organization. To learn more about Arizona Right to Life, please visit our website at www.azrtl.org

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Western Free Press Interviews Charlie Ellis, Phoenix City Council Candidate, District 5

Western Free Press’ Brad Zinn interviews Charlie Ellis, announced candidate for the Phoenix City Council from District 5.

Western Free Press is dedicated to generating public dialogue on Arizona’s most important issues and figures. 

Charlie Ellis Interview with Van the Radio Man

Charlie Ellis is another conservative candidate seeking the office of City Councilman in Phoenix’s 5th District.

On Wednesday, Van the Radio Man conducted a lengthy interview of Charlie Ellis on his show. Listen as Ellis presents his philosophy and vision for the City of Phoenix.

Charlie Ellis expects to have his website up very soon but in the meantime, you may contact him via Facebook.

Thanks to Van the Radio Man for another candidate interview as the City of Phoenix moves closer to Election Day!

Here is the link to the Charlie Ellis interview.

Reception for Charlie Ellis for Phoenix City Council