Arizona LD-22 Legislators Endorse Chris Herring for Maricopa County GOP Chairman

Chris Herring

SURPRISE, ARIZ (December 15) – Today, three legislators from Legislative District 22 – Senator Judy Burges, Representative David Livingston, and Representative Phil Lovas – endorsed Chris Herring for MCRC Chairman. The LD 22 legislative team hails from the heart of CD 8, and have done great work to advance conservative values and principles across Arizona while holding their elected offices.

“Chris Herring is a remarkable young man who possesses deeply-rooted, pro-family values, sees the Constitution as the foundation on which our country has remained free, and desires to join President Donald Trump in ‘Making America Great Again,'” Burges said. “Our Republican values need to breathe new life into our state and nation. Won’t you join me in supporting Chris Herring for MCRC Chairman?”

“I’m supporting Chris Herring for MCRC Chair, and I’m asking that you would, too,” Livingston said.”Chris Herring was an exceptional chair of LD 21, which borders my district; and he was always a friend and ally of conservative legislators. Chris Herring knows what it takes to win elections, and I am confident that he will help to unify our party and help us to adhere to our platform as well.”

“I am very supportive of Chris Herring for MCRC Chairman and Aaron Flannery for 1st Vice Chairman,”Lovas said. “Chris worked very hard to turn out votes in his district and throughout the county for the entire Republican ticket in 2016 and Aaron ran a strong campaign for recorder.  To win elections, we need a chairman committed to working with grassroots Republicans and raising money to help the entire ticket.  Please join me in supporting Chris and Aaron.”

“I have been very fortunate to have built such strong relationships with many conservative members of our Arizona legislators – our LD 22 team being no exception,” Herring said. These three elected officials don’t just talk the talk, but they walk the walk each and every day. LD 22 is in a great position with Senator Burges, Representative Livingston, and Representative Lovas leading the way, and I look forward to working with them to help elect Maricopa County Republicans should I be elected as the MCRC chairman.”

Senator Judy Burges, Representative David Livingston, and Representative Phil Lovas join U.S. Congressman Trent Franks, Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, Senator Debbie Lesko, Senator-elect Steve Montenegro, Representative Jill Norgaard, Representative Anthony Kern, and Phoenix City Councilman Jim Waring in endorsing Chris Herring for MCRC Chairman.

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Chris Herring is a lifelong Republican, who first registered to vote as a teenager in Los Angeles County. As a Valley resident for the past eight years, Chris loves living in a state where conservative principles are fought for on a daily basis. Chris earned a bachelors degree in history and a graduate degree in business management, two disciplines he believes will contribute to his ability to make the county party a more effective organization. Chris looks forward to working with our conservative grassroots committeemen across Maricopa County. He lives in Surprise with his wife and son.

Arizona State Representative David Livingston Speaks to Legislative Budget Priority

Great speech by Arizona State Representative David Livingston (R) on the priority of the state budget. This comes as Governor Jan Brewer vetoes five bills as retribution for not taking up the Obamacare Medicaid expansion bill.

Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission op-ed by Senate Majority Leader Andy Biggs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 22, 2011
CONTACT: Mike Philipsen

By State Senator Andy Biggs

When Arizonans voted to create the Independent Redistricting Commission in 2000, they likely expected they would get fair and transparent redistricting of legislative and congressional districts. Seeing how the current IRC led by Colleen Mathis is spinning out of control, even the IRC’s most rabid supporters must be disappointed.

The wobbly performance of the IRC began when Ms. Mathis sided with the Democrats and refused to let the Republicans on the IRC choose their own attorney! It continued when Ms. Mathis and the two Democrats on the IRC chose Strategic Telemetry to draw the maps of the new districts. Strategic Telemetry’s stated purpose is to elect “progressive” candidates. It’s understandable that people question that such a partisan firm will be able to put politics aside and draw fair districts.

That controversial decision was set up by the incompetent Commissioner José Herrera and Ms. Mathis. Herrera admitted publicly that he fudged the scores deliberately high for Strategic Telemetry. The fact that Strategic Telemetry was the most expensive bidder should have disqualified ST immediately. Instead, ST was allowed to lower its bid. The new bid was a smokescreen, however, because the IRC had to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to pay for ST’s special software and office space, which competing bidders already had.

Failure to adhere to the normal public bidding process and being co-opted by the Democrats has accelerated the erratic behavior of Chairman Mathis. Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne is investigating allegations Mathis violated open meeting laws. Mathis and Herrera say they will not cooperate with the investigation. Instead, they have hired two attorneys with taxpayer money to defend them in this investigation.

Additionally, I have sent a statutory request for information to the IRC but have been ignored. Since the original request more than a month ago I have made two additional requests and still haven’t received the requested information. Between thumbing their noses at the Attorney General and stonewalling the requests for information from the Legislature, it has the feel of a blatant cover-up.

If Ms. Mathis is unwilling to act in an “independent and impartial fashion”, as required by the Arizona Constitution, she should be removed. The bidding process for Strategic Telemetry needs to be reviewed to see if state laws were broken. Mathis and Herrera need to come clean on whether they violated open meeting laws. Mathis needs to order her attorneys to respond immediately to my request for information.

Arizonans approved the IRC believing we would have a fair and transparent redistricting process. Ms. Mathis and her Democratic cronies have proven to be obstructionist, unfair, and obstinate in their duties. It seems that Ms. Mathis and Commissioner Herrera have failed in their constitutional duties to uphold “public confidence in the integrity of the redistricting process.” Therefore they should be removed in the manner that the voters insisted should be a safeguard to the process of redistricting.

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