Thomas Grier Announces Campaign for Arizona House in Legislative District 16

“We need true conservative leaders who are willing to tackle complex issues. The time for ineffective leadership is over; it is time for legislators who are not only conservative but also capable of building successful conservative coalitions.”

MESA – Arizona conservative businessman and attorney, Thomas Grier, announced today his intention to run for the Arizona House in legislative district 16.

“Encouraged by family and friends, I have decided to run for the Arizona House. Arizona is an amazing state, with limitless potential to influence the national dialogue,” said Grier. “We need true conservative leaders who are willing to tackle complex issues. The time for ineffective leadership is over; it is time for legislators who are not only conservative but also capable of building successful conservative coalitions.”

Grier has broad support across the district, and looks forward to building upon an already growing grassroots campaign. Grier added: “I believe that Arizona’s best days are still to come if we stay true to the conservative principles engrained in the land of Barry Goldwater.”

“Thomas Grier is not only a good person, but an exceptional leader and business mind,” said former Arizona Speaker of the House Kirk Adams. “The state and district are in need of talented conservative leaders more than ever, I am confident that Thomas will make a huge difference for conservatism and Arizona families.”

In the next few weeks, the campaign’s official leadership team and website redesign will be announced. For more information, visit Thomas Grier’s Facebook Page or sign up for email updates at www.ThomasGrier.com.

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A resident of Arizona since childhood, Thomas Grier grew up in Mesa, went to high school and college in Tempe, and married a 2nd grade teacher born and raised in the East Valley. Thomas Grier graduated summa cum laude from Arizona State University and attended The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. Thomas works as the Associate General Counsel for The Keating Group, Inc., a national insurance agency headquartered in Phoenix. He is married to the wonderful Lisa Lewis Grier and has two amazing children, Riker James Grier and Olivia Madison Grier.

Kelly Townsend Announces More Conservative Endorsements

Kelly Townsend receives Arizona Right To Life endorsement, as well as the Pachyderm Coalition’s endorsement for Arizona House District 16.

Both Arizona Right to Life contacted Kelly Townsend yesterday to advise her that she has been endorsed by the pro-life organization in recognition of her work in the pro-life community, and for her strong pro-life stance. An hour later, the Pachyderm Coalition, a group that promotes Republican candidates who support the principles enshrined in the Constitution, as framed by our Founding Fathers, and the Reagan Republican Platform also advised Ms. Townsend that they were supporting her candidacy with their endorsement.

“It is a humbling honor to receive these endorsements,” Townsend said, “and I intend to hold a true conservative voting record while at the Legislature, if elected.”

These endorsements follow several others, to include the National Rifle Association, as well as 12 conservative Legislators and former Gilbert Mayor Steve Berman.

Senator Rich Crandall Threatens Representative Brenda Barton in Voicemail

Update on last week’s story about State Senator Rich Crandall’s campaign workers removing the signs on his primary opponent, John Fillmore:

The following message was left by Senator Crandall last Thursday on the voicemail of Representative Brenda Barton after Barton happened to witness Crandall’s campaign removing the political campaign signs of candidate John Fillmore in east Mesa. Barton reported the incident which resulted in the phone call by Crandall.

Crandall then contacted Jim Small at the Arizona Capitol Times attempting to head off any political damage by explaining his accounting of the incident. Clarification: Jim Small with The Arizona Capitol Times contacted Rich Crandall after receiving a press release from John Fillmore. Crandall provided his account of the incident. (Crandall was not present at the scene of the crime but his daughter was actually involved.)

Barton was then contacted by Jim Small from the Arizona Capitol Times to clarify Barton’s accounting of the incident. When she learned that Crandall had lied about what really happened, she called Crandall asking for a retraction.

That resulted in the following message from Crandall on Barton’s voicemail:

As you can hear, Crandall threatens Barton politically by telling her she better not introduce any education-related legislation in the next session, or else.

Crandall serves as the Chairman of the Senate Education Committee. Before that, Crandall served on the Board of the Mesa Unified School District.

This certainly gives us an idea who the real extremists are at the legislature and how things really work when it comes to egos and political vendettas.

Crandall should have know better than to leave a recorded message on anyone’s voicemail. He should have also instructed all members of his campaign to never touch another campaign’s signs without first receiving permission.

Barton and Fillmore released the following joint statement:

Last Thursday morning (July 12), I received a call from Rep. Brenda Barton (R-Payson) who stays in East Mesa at her in-laws home during Session. She had a doctor’s appointment that particular Thursday morning. She called and told me that while she was returning from her doctor’s office, she spotted two individuals that appeared to be taking my sign down and replacing it with a Sen. Crandall sign on the corner of Sossaman and the Apache Trail (East Main Street). 

Being involved in politics and having that sort of thing happen to her in another County in the past she knows that is not supposed to be done. She asked her husband, who was with her to pull over to the roadside and take some pictures. At this point Rep. Barton inquired as to what they were doing with my sign. They said that they were replacing the sign with one for Senator Crandall and that he had had one there and it blew down sometime ago, and that I had stolen his t-poles. (That is a blatant mistruth. If anyone has been by there they have seen my sign there for well over a month as I put it up myself as soon as I was able – on or about June 30th I believe). The two young women said that the poles were Senator Crandall’s but the rebar belonged to Representative Fillmore. They asked Representative Barton if she was “…with the Fillmore campaign” to which she replied, “No, I am a member of the Legislature and am aware of campaign sign laws”. 

At that point Representative Barton asked them if they had any form of identification on the t-posts to show they were the property of the Crandall campaign, to which they said no. Representative Barton then informed them that it was illegal to tamper with an opponents political signs and that the best course of action would be for Senator Crandall to work this out with Representative Fillmore before simply taking his signs down unilaterally. The two young women then hastily put the Fillmore sign back up and fled the scene. 

Within minutes Senator Crandall phoned Representative Barton on her cell and made polite small talk for a few minutes before referencing the incident. He stated that his daughter and a friend were replacing a sign of his that had blown down sometime ago and someone had replaced it with a Fillmore sign. He was very polite and inquired if Representative Barton was just driving around East Mesa. She informed him that she had just come from her doctor’s appointment and witnessed the incident. His demeanor was friendly and he made no mention of what he has since asserted his daughters relayed to him regarding Representative Barton’s alleged behavior towards his daughter and her friend. The Senator inquired of her re-election race and they made small talk regarding the health of a mutual acquaintance and the conversation ended. 

Mrs. Barton sent me those pictures. I am in a primary campaign against Senator Crandall and did not know the ladies in the pictures but I knew that the sign, its poles and location were mine. I called the police, reported the attempted sign tampering and put a press release out with the pictures and story. A legitimate story of campaign workers removing the sign of their candidate’s political opponent and replacing it with a sign of their candidate. 

At the time, I did not know that one of the young women in the pictures was his daughter. Often over-zealous campaign workers and supporters commit such actions. Had Senator Crandall called me and simply said that his daughter made a mistake and had the wrong location, apologized and moved on, I would understand that. I would have accepted that. I too have a daughter that loves me, as deeply I am sure, as Senator Crandall’s and I could see her doing what his daughter was doing. Then the shoe would have been on my foot. 

However Senator Crandall chose not to do that. Instead it appears that when he was contacted by the Capitol Times, he immediately attacked me with profanity, calling me a (S.O.B.) and a liar, (see Yellow Sheet attached), then he attacked Representative Barton, calling her a liar, that swore and yelled at his child. Senator Crandall concluded by claiming Representative Barton had been following his daughter around Mesa and monitoring her all day. 

The reporter called Representative Barton to ask her side of the story. Upon hearing that Senator Crandall had accused her of swearing and cursing at his daughter and stalking them, she immediately refuted that allegation and explained to the reporter that “…swearing and cursing” are not part of her means of dealing with people and she was simply returning to her in-laws following her doctor’s appointment. 

Following the phone interview with the Capitol Times, Representative Barton phoned Senator Crandall, who did not answer, and left a message that his statements were false and she wished him to publicly retract his statement, apologize and tell the reporter the truth. Had he done that, this matter would be over. 

Senator Crandall instead phoned Representative Barton and issued a threat against all education legislation she may wish to propose and to inform her that “her trashing (or thrashing) is coming, you need to grow up”. 

Senator Crandall has put his own personal vendetta above potentially excellent education legislation that may be proposed by Representative Barton and thus depriving the Arizonans of LD-6 their education voice in the State Legislature. 

This is abusing his chairmanship authority; in essence by reference saying her legislation would all be killed by him. As a Senator he spoke down to her, to humiliate and abuse her as if she was a mere wayward child and not someone who is his equal as well as a duly elected State Representative of several hundred thousand Arizona residents.

Barton and Fillmore have indicated that they will likely file ethics complaints with the Senate Ethics Committee.

John Fillmore Speaks on Liberty

John Fillmore is a Republican candidate for State Senate in Legislative District 16. Visit his website at JohnFillmore.com.

Kelly Townsend Announces for Arizona State Representative

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 23, 2012

Mesa – Kelly Townsend announced her candidacy for Arizona State Representative in the newly proposed Legislative district 16, representing Gold Canyon, Apache Junction and east Mesa to Power Road.

Townsend, 43, is the Co-Founder of the Greater Phoenix Tea Party, and is a Precinct and State Committeeman with the Republican Party.

“The foundation of my candidacy is integrity,” Townsend says. “Built upon that important principle, I will seek to be the voice of the people at the Legislature.”

“My priorities are working to bring jobs and economic growth to Arizona, balancing the budget, lowering taxes, reducing the size of government, securing the border, tapping into Arizona’s resources, protecting our freedoms, protecting the sanctity of life and family, supporting education and our first responders, fixing the housing crisis, and getting Arizona back on track.”

Townsend has already received the endorsement of Senate Majority Leader, Andy Biggs, who represents much of the East Valley. Having worked closely with legislators since 2007, she has been representing the people of Maricopa County through her efforts in the Tea Party. A Navy Veteran, she seeks to serve her country, once again, in an official capacity that will allow her to continue to make positive steps toward a prosperous State.

Townsend is widowed and has three children ages 20, 15, and 12.