Toby Farmer Promises to Donate Legislative Salary to Teachers

Toby Farmer Teachers

Today, Buckeye small business owner and Republican candidate for Senate District 13 Toby Farmer promised to donate the proceeds of his entire legislative salary to teachers during his first term if he is elected in the November 2014 election.

Farmer, who has long stated that he is running for office because he believes in public service, has also been a strong proponent of business owners giving back to the community.

“As the son of two public school teachers, I know what these teachers go through,” said Farmer. “They’re underpaid, underappreciated, and it seems like they are receiving less support from the legislature every year.”

“We’ve got teachers spending money out of their own pockets on school supplies,” said Farmer. “The fact that the state is even considering a pay raise for legislators while teachers struggle is unconscionable.”

Farmer announced that he would donate the entire proceeds of his yearly salary to teachers in his district in both Yuma and Maricopa counties every year of his first two-year term if elected by voters this November. Arizona legislators are paid $24,000 per year.

While the exact process has not been determined yet, Farmer noted that the nomination process would require community, student, and parent involvement from constituents in the district.

“We have all been impacted by teachers in our lives and I know looking back, I wish I could say “thank you” to all of them,” said Farmer. “I want to be a conservative and compassionate voice for the education community at the legislature. This is one small way I can show my commitment to the real heroes in our community.”

The Official Yuma Police Report for Arizona Senator Don Shooter

While we’re airing our dirty laundry among Republican candidates, we though you’d like to review the official Yuma police report on State Senator Don Shooter. This is probably one of the reasons why Senator Shooter continues to lose support in his race for re-election.

Don Shooter Police Report

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We also thought you might want to peruse Don Shooter’s latest campaign finance reports (January 31 Report). Here’s the list of his major PAC donors:

PAC Date Amount
AZ Dental Political Action Committee 01/02/13  $1,736.00
Salt River Project PAC 12/31/12  $1,200.00
Pinnacle West PAC 12/19/12  $1,000.00
Cox Arizona Political Action Committee Fund for Effective Leadership 01/02/13  $   500.00
Realtors of Arizona Political Action Committee 01/03/13  $   500.00
Arizona Lodging & Tourism SuperPAC 01/08/13  $   500.00
Arizona Technology Council State PAC 10/22/2013  $   450.00
Western Growers PAC AZ 10/28/2013  $   440.00
ASCPA 11/5/2013  $   440.00
Encore Capitol Group, Inc Political Action Committee 11/13/2013  $   440.00
Motorola Solutions, Inc. Political Action Committee 12/20/12  $   430.00
Az Acre Pac Grand Canyon State Electric 12/19/12  $   424.00
Wells Fargo Bank Arizona 12/20/12  $   424.00
Wells Fargo Bank Arizona 12/20/12  $   424.00
Health Government 12/27/12  $   424.00
ASCPA 01/02/13  $   424.00
Arizona Dairymen PAC 01/07/13  $   424.00
Freeport McMoran Arizona PAC 01/08/13  $   424.00
Arizona Fairs Industry PAC 01/08/13  $   424.00
Arizona Leadership Fund 01/08/13  $   424.00
Arizona Technology Council State PAC 01/08/13  $   424.00
Fennemore Craig Citizens for Prudent Government 01/08/13  $   424.00
Beer and Wine Distributors of Arizona PAC 01/09/13  $   424.00
Arizona ALFA Assisted Living PAC 10/28/2013  $   400.00

 

Rumors are that the Obamacare pro-Medicaid expansion industry and Governor Brewer is helping fundraise and finance his re-election campaign. Unfortunately, those revelations won’t appear until the June 30th report in several months.

This race is going to get uncomfortable for the incumbent as it probably should but as most campaign posts on Sonoran Alliance, this is where the mud flies.

Republican Businessman Toby Farmer Gaining Momentum in LD13 Senate Announces First Wave of Community Supporters

Toby Farmer

(Buckeye, AZ) Today, LD13 Arizona State Senate Republican candidate Toby Farmer announced a first wave of endorsements and statements from community supporters. Farmer is the founder and principal of 1776 Capital, a private investment and holdings firm based in Buckeye. Farmer is challenging current State Senator Don Shooter in the August Republican primary.

“After speaking with hundreds of Republican voters in my district it became clear conservatives were looking for a candidate they could be proud of and support in the Senate Republican primary,” said Farmer. “The amount of support is incredible and I’m humbled by the wave of encouragement I’m receiving from voters and community leaders.”

What Others Are Saying About Toby

“Toby has the energy, intelligence and morals to get the job done right. Toby has the serious intent, positive attitude and ethical makeup that is much needed in state government.” – Litchfield Park Councilman Tim Blake

“I’m encouraged and excited when I see young, conservative, small business owners like Toby Farmer choosing to serve their community. Toby embodies the qualities and ethics needed to carry the core principles of our Party forward to the next generation of Republicans and tomorrows leaders.” – Former Arizona Speaker of the House Kirk Adams

“When I think of the caliber of individuals who need to serve in public office, spirited leaders like Toby Farmer immediately come to mind. I am confident in knowing that Toby offers the type of fresh ideas, principled dedication and leadership that state government cries out for in the current political climate. His commitment to his faith, family and community will likewise carry over into the quality and temperament of leadership we so desperately need in the Arizona Legislature. He has my unwavering support in his call to serve in the civic arena.” – Conservative Activist Shane Wikfors

More About Toby

Farmer’s roots run deep in district 13, which spans from Buckeye to Yuma. Both his grandfather and great-grandfather worked for the Wigwam Resort in the 1940s, and his great uncle, John Roach, is in the Arizona Farming and Ranching Hall of Fame. As the son of public school teachers, Farmer understands the importance of a quality education and of giving back to the community. As a legislator, Farmer plans to pursue a commonsense, conservative agenda in the state legislature.

For more information about Toby Farmer, visit www.FarmerAz.com.

Diane Landis files for Arizona House of Representatives in Legislative District 13

Diane Landis

PHOENIX (May 29, 2013) –Diane Landis, current City Councilwoman from Litchfield Park, has filed paperwork to run for the Arizona House of Representatives for Legislative District 13.  An Arizona native, Diane Hathaway Landis was born in Nogales, Arizona to a pioneer ranching family.  A Certified Public Accountant and Financial Planner, she is a small business owner and active community volunteer.

Diane is running because she says, “I want someone to watch out for me, the little guy.  We must keep government under control.  We need to focus on job creation, education, and public safety.”

Diane served in the George H. W. Bush administration as the White House Liaison for the US Department of Veterans Affairs then returned home to Arizona, where she has resided for more than 20 years.  She also serves on the WESTMARC Board of Directors, Maricopa Association of Governments Human Services Coordinating Committee, is Board President of the Southwest Lending Closet, has been active with Special Olympics and is a graduate of both West Valley Leadership and the Dodie Londen Excellence in Public Service Series.

“Our state is in a fragile recovery right now. I’m not sure how anyone can fix the budget if they don’t understand it.”  As a CPA and financial planner, Diane is uniquely qualified in areas of finance. “I understand the importance and consequence of good financial planning – not just for individuals but for our state.”

Diane Landis currently lives in Litchfield Park with her husband Dick, a retired Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) officer. Her deep roots in Arizona have also included time spent living and working in Yuma, an integral part of LD 13.

Republican Primary Voters Weigh In on Medicaid Expansion for Arizona

Round two of a recent poll is now out and there are some revealing numbers on how Republican primary voters feel about Governor Brewer’s push to expand Medicaid in Arizona Senator Jeff Flake and several legislative districts. Here are those results:

This memorandum is an executive summary of an automated voice recorded survey of 718 likely Republican primary voters in six legislative districts in Arizona. The legislative districts surveyed were 13, 17, 18, 20, 25 and 28. The interviews were conducted March 27th and 28th, 2013. This survey has a margin of error of +/-­‐ 3.65% at the 95 percent confidence interval. This survey was weighted based upon past Republican primary voter demographics. The focus of this survey was to measure Republican primary voter opinions regarding the expansion of Medicaid, the implementation of Obamacare, as well as voter reaction to their state legislator’s support or opposition to Medicaid expansion. The survey toplines are also included with this document.

GOVERNOR BREWER IMAGE RATING

Among Republican primary voters in the six legislative districts, Governor Brewer has a very strong image rating with 69% of voters having a favorable opinion of her, 23% having an unfavorable opinion of her, and 8% being undecided or not having an opinion.

SENATOR FLAKE IMAGE RATING

Senator Jeff Flake also has a very strong image rating among Republican primary voters in the six legislative districts, with 70% of voters having a favorable opinion of him, 18% having an unfavorable opinion of him, and 12% being undecided or not having an opinion.

GOP PRIMARY VOTER SUPPORT FOR THE EXPANSION OF MEDICAID

Republican primary voters in the six legislative districts were asked if they support Governor Brewer’s proposal to expand Medicaid in order to fully implement the federal government’s health care system in 2014. Among all respondents, 30% support the expansion of Medicaid, 51% oppose expansion, and 19% are either unsure or do not have an opinion about the issue. The following table shows responses by legislative district.

“As you may know, Governor Brewer has proposed the expansion of Medicaid in Arizona in order to fully implement the federal government’s health care system in 2014. Knowing this, do you support or oppose the expansion of Medicaid in order to implement the federal government’s health care system?”

Medicaid GOP Primary 1

 

VOTER OPPOSITION FOR LEGISLATORS WHO VOTE TO EXPAND MEDICAID

To measure voter reactions if their state legislator voted to expand Medicaid, the following question was asked:

“Would you be more or less likely to vote to reelect your state legislator if they voted for the expansion of Medicaid?”

Medicaid GOP Primary 2

 

Not surprisingly, among Republican primary voters in the six legislative districts a majority, or 53% are less likely to reelect their legislator if they voted to expand Medicaid and only 22% would be more likely to vote for their state legislator. When looking at the results by legislative district, the percentage of voters that are less likely to reelect their state legislator ranges from a low of 37% to a high of 69%.

GOP PRIMARY VOTER SUPPORT FOR TAX INCREASE TO FUND MEDICAID EXPANSION

In addition to measuring Republican primary voter’s reactions toward their state legislators if they voted to expand Medicaid, the survey tested voter reaction to a tax increase on hospitals to fund the expansion of Medicaid. Again, it is no surprise that Republican primary voters vigorously oppose this idea and do not want their legislators supporting a new tax on hospitals to fund the expansion of Medicaid. Among all respondents in the six legislative districts, only 11% would be more likely to vote to reelect their legislator, and two thirds, or 68%, would not vote to reelect their legislator. In short, if an incumbent voted for such a proposal it would be toxic for their reelection. The following table shows the question responses by legislative district.

“Would you be more or less likely to vote to reelect your state legislator if they voted for a new tax on hospitals to fund the expansion of Medicaid?”

Medicaid GOP Primary 3

 

CONCLUSION

Among the likely Republican primary voters surveyed in these six legislative districts, it is clear they oppose the expansion of Medicaid by varying degrees from a plurality of 42% to a large majority of 62%. Support for Medicaid expansion ranges from a high of 35% to a low of 26%. The survey also finds a plurality, or a majority, of Republican primary voters would be less likely to vote for their legislator if they voted to expand Medicaid in all six legislative districts. Finally, the information in this research should be of concern to incumbent legislators as they consider how to handle this issue.

View/Download the entire report including the topline results.

Nelson Announces Bid for Senate in District 13

Supervisor Max Wilson and Former Yuma Mayor Larry Nelson Named Honorary Co-Chairs 

District 13 – Long-time public servant Senator John Nelson filed 1,171 signatures, the maximum allowed, today in his bid to continue his service in the State Senate representing District 13. The newly labeled LD13 includes much of the area Nelson has represented for more than a decade as a State lawmaker with lines expanded to include northern Yuma. Nelson currently resides within this district.

Sen. Nelson has already gained wide support from the Yuma area, including former Mayor of Yuma Larry Nelson who is serving as an Honorary Campaign Chairman for Nelson’s committee. Former Mayor Nelson says, “Senator Nelson truly understands our needs. He has done a lot for Yuma and for Western Arizona over the years. He has been leader on military issues as well as education, transportation, and public safety. Over the years, I have worked with him on military issues and know him to be a man dedicated to our military. He is the only candidate who can represent this entire district.”

LD13 is home to three military bases including Luke Air Force Base, Yuma Proving Grounds, and the Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma. Senator Nelson currently serves as Vice-Chair of Veterans and Military Affairs.

Maricopa County Supervisor Max Wilson will also be serving as an Honorary Campaign Chairman. Wilson, who was appointed by Governor Brewer to sit on the Military Affairs Commission said, “Sen. Nelson has shown a steadfast commitment to military bases across the state. He understands the critical value that the military brings to Arizona and our country. John Nelson has been a champion for our armed forces, our veterans, and the safety of our country.”

Former Phoenix City Councilman Claude Mattox, the Chairman of Sen. Nelson’s campaign committee says, “Sen. Nelson has a proud history of serving the taxpayers – from his time in the U.S. Army to his time on the Phoenix City Council. He has worked tirelessly as a member of the State House and the State Senate to protect the taxpayer and do what’s right for his constituents.”

During the most recent legislative session, Sen. Nelson sponsored several bills including legislation that would protect and preserve military bases as well as a measure to build a World War II memorial at Wesley Bolin Plaza.

Sen. Nelson says, “I have been honored to serve the people of Arizona and am proud of my track record of protecting our military bases, supporting quality education, and backing policies that foster job creation. I am the only candidate with the experience necessary to warrant the best representation for District 13, I would be honored to have your vote,” said Senator Nelson.

About John Nelson

Sen. Nelson is the Chairman of the Senate Natural Resources, Infrastructure and Public Debt Committee, an NRA Life Endowment Member, Chairman of the Maryvale Hospital Board of Trustees, Member in Good Standing of the Maricopa County Farm Bureau, and was active in the creation of Valley Partnership Organization. Nelson worked as a Civil Engineer for more than two decades and also served in the U.S. Army, First Infantry Division.

Sen. Nelson served on the Phoenix City Council for 16 years. He was elected to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2001. He was re-elected 3 times before running for the Arizona State Senate. Sen. Nelson has served in the Senate for 4 years.

Senator Nelson and his wife Monica have 3 children and 6 grandchildren.