Maricopa County GOP Chairman Chris Herring Appoints Lisa Gray As Executive Director

Maricopa GOP

Cites Gray’s personal integrity and extensive record of service as instrumental in decision

PHOENIX, AZ – Today, Maricopa County GOP Chairman Chris Herring named Lisa Gray as the new Executive Director of the Maricopa County Republican Committee (MCRC) under his direction. The position is crucial to the activation of the chairman’s objectives and the day to day operations of the largest Republican county committee in the nation. Gray, a former District Chairman and campaign manager for Jeff DeWit’s bid to be state Treasurer, has also developed a website dedicated to PC recruitment and been instrumental in PC training.

Herring, who was elected by a 2-1 margin at the Maricopa County Statutory Meeting on January 14, 2017 was confident in his pick, “Lisa has been tirelessly working to advance the principles of our party and doing so with integrity and outstanding results. The election of Treasurer Jeff DeWit is a perfect example of her vision and tenacity.” Chairman Herring continued, “From the grassroots to the grasstops, there is not one step of activism that Lisa is not personally experienced in, making her uniquely qualified for this position. She supports my expectation of a highly functioning committee, focused on building and growth with inclusivity and transparency.”

As the Chairman of the nation’s largest Republican county, Herring has already met with several legislative districts, other shareholder groups, and is actively organizing the MCRC to move forward in preparations for the 2018 elections.  Filling additional appointed positions, Herring has tapped Kathy Petsas, District Chairman of LD28 to serve as the county Parliamentarian; Wes Harris, Member-at-Large from LD20 as Assistant Parliamentarian; and John Eaton, First-Vice Chairman of LD27 as Sergeant-At-Arms.

About the Maricopa County Republican Committee (MCRC): The MCRC is comprised of all elected precinct committeemen (PC’s) from the 20 legislative districts within Maricopa County. By statute, PC’s are elected during the party primary and represent 1 PC for every 125 registered voters in the precinct. The Chairman is elected every two years by the elected PC’s at the Statutory Meeting as defined ARS Title 16.

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Trump vs Cruz: Doing the math at the AZGOP State Convention

By Lisa Gray (reposted from Facebook.)

I’ve been reading/hearing things that are being said about the AZGOP State Convention on Saturday, that are just not accurate and this is extremely disappointing.

First, Trump camp is repeating the line that “more people clicked the Trump slate button than any other slate and therefore should have won more delegates.” Well, let’s look at that. Attached is a picture (and link) to the vote totals. Please note that when you add the number of “clicks” on Cruz (409) + “Select Own Delegates (180 people chose not to use a slate) + Kasich (57) + Unity Slate (29) = 675. So… 675 people apparently didn’t click on the Trump slate but 430 did. You tell me what number is larger? So it’s not true that more people clicked on the Trump link so therefore he should have gotten more delegate votes.

Cruz vs Trump Math

Second, if you clicked on the Trump button (or any of the selection buttons) ALL the candidates appeared. The only difference is depending on which slate selection you chose, names on that particular slate were already checked for you. HOWEVER, names could be unchecked and people could for example vote for 80% of the slate if they wanted to and then vote for another 20% who weren’t on that particular slate. So it was never a given, nor should it have been expected, that people would just blindly click one button and boom, they were done voting and they all voted the EXACT same way. Remember…some people weren’t on slates, so perhaps they wanted to vote for themselves, a few of their close campaign buddies who also weren’t on the slate, and then the rest from the slate…they were able to do that.

Third, comments from the Trump campaign that the voting was a mess, the system didn’t work and they should be allowed to vote again, on paper is also bothersome. For those who don’t know, about 700 people submitted their name to be National Delegates and all the names could NOT fit on one ballot. So, ALL THREE CAMPAIGNS met together, evaluated and approved the online voting method. YES… ALL THREE AGREED on this prior to Saturday.

Fourth, people were left off of slates. Now I really have no idea if this is true or not. What I can tell you is that the campaigns were responsible for their slates. And I’m disappointed to hear it said that someone was “cheated” and an election was “stolen” from them. However, what I do know is that Jan Brewer was elected as an alternate delegate in CD8. She and Phil Lovas tied for the first alternate position. A coin toss was done to break the tie and Brewer called heads, tails won and therefore Lovas won the first alternate delegate position. So she did win an alternate delegate position but then declined it and withdrew her name from that position so she could run for an at-large delegate position. Again, I have no idea what happened to her not being on the “Trump slate” however, she did win an alternate delegate position in her Congressional District and chose not to accept it. Also, she may not have been on the at-large “Trump slate” for whatever reason but she was on the “Unity” slate and her name was on the ballot listing all the candidates that were running for at-large delegates positions and she received 93 votes.

I want to thank the staff of the AZGOP for a well run meeting. If anyone attended the convention 4 years ago, you know how much better this meeting was! Lets remember that this meeting took months to plan, some didn’t sleep for days, and they worked their tails off to make it the best meeting they could…for all of us. Of course there were hiccups and there usually are when you are planning a meeting for more than 1,000 people that also needed to include multiple voting locations, multiple ballots to accommodate 700ish names, security, credentials, volunteers, feeding everyone, etc. We have a great team not only at the AZGOP, but also across our great state. And I pray that even though we may not agree on candidates, and sometimes issues, that we would take a deep breath, look for the truth and have respect for one another.

Here’s the link to the results: https://neverhillary.simplyvoting.com/index.php?mode=results&election=43455

Lisa Gray is a longtime volunteer Republican precinct committeewoman and former chairman of a west valley legislative district.

Tempe Mayoral Candidate Michael Monti Endorses Lisa Gray for Chairman of the Maricopa County Republican Party

Arizona Party Builders

Phoenix – Recent Tempe Mayoral candidate Michael Monti has announced his endorsement of Lisa Gray and her Arizona Party Builders team for Maricopa County Republican Party leadership.

“Republican candidates need all the support they can get from the Party,” said Monti, who narrowly lost his 2012 race against Democrat Mark Mitchell for Mayor of Tempe. “I don’t want to see us lose another winnable race like mine. I have chosen to endorse Lisa Gray and her Arizona Party Builders team because I believe that their diplomacy, experience and ability to unify the party behind candidates is exactly what our Party needs to stay relevant and help candidates win in all areas of the county – be they red, blue, or somewhere in-between.”

“I’m truly honored that my team has Michael Monti’s support,” said Gray. “If our Party is to be relevant, we must provide the kind of grassroots support that our candidates need to win races. This includes having a cohesive plan, trained and equipped PCs, and financial resources. We have provided these resources in our districts, and will bring them to Maricopa County when we are elected.”

About Lisa Gray
Lisa is a grassroots, conservative leader in the Northwest Valley, working with Republicans and Tea Party activists. She has served as LD9 and LD21 District Chairman, LD9 Second Vice Chairman, Sun City Republican Club President and Northwest Valley Tea Party Co-Leader. She was also a plaintiff against Proposition 121, which was not only detrimental to the Republican Party, but to all Arizona voters. 

Lisa Gray and her team, Paul Brierley, 1st Vice Chairman; Rene Lopez, 2nd Vice Chairman; Colleen Lombard, Secretary; and Walter Dudley, Treasurer, represent a broad segment of the County and have a combined 45 years of grassroots Republican leadership experience. They are known as the Arizona Party Builders because of their focus on building the Party to win elections. 

The Maricopa County Republican Committee (MCRC) statutory meeting will take place tomorrow, January 12, 2013. All Maricopa County Precinct Committeemen are eligible to vote. To learn more about Lisa, her team and the details of their plan, please visit www.AZPartyBuilders.com. 

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Getting Back to the Basics – Our Plan to Build the Party

Arizona Party Builders

We can be on the “right” side of the issues but as we learned the hard way, if we don’t communicate them, raise money, recruit conservative candidates, register voters and get voters to the polls we will not win elections. We must get back to the basics and build the infrastructure of our party if we are going to succeed. Our plan will prepare us for victory in 2014 and beyond.

Below is an outline of our plan to build the Maricopa County Republican Party.

1. Build Our Party’s Image and Effectiveness
We will work to “Build Our Party” by increasing our fundraising efforts, developing leaders, providing the tools to make the grassroots strong and effective, and greatly expanding our online and social media presence.

2. Build Strong Voter Registration and Get Out The Vote (GOTV) Programs
It’s a simple equation: Register more voters and get them out to vote and we win!

3. Provide Training and Resources for Precinct Committeemen (PCs)
PCs are only powerful if they are trained and equipped. We will provide them the tools they need to be effective.

4. Provide Training and Resources for District Chairmen and Officers
Districts will thrive with strong, effective leaders. We will provide the tools and support to help district chairmen and their teams be successful!

5. Recruit, Train and Support Candidates for All Offices
All politics is local. We will help districts to recruit, train and support Republicans to run for office at all levels. Our goal is to have a Republican in every race. If we are going to prepare for the future it is imperative that we begin recruiting and preparing the next generation of leaders.

For more on the plan and information about our team visit: www.AZPartyBuilders.com.

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Conservative Municipal Leaders across Maricopa County support Lisa Gray’s Team for Maricopa County Republican Leadership

Arizona Party Builders

Maricopa County  – Conservative leaders across Maricopa County are supporting Lisa Gray and her AZ Party Builders team for Maricopa County Republican Leadership.

Lisa Gray Municiple Endorsements

“I am proud to support Lisa Gray, Paul Brierley and the entire AZ Party Builders Team. They are the conservative leaders that Maricopa County needs right now. Please join me in supporting the AZ Party Builders Team.” – Jeff Weninger, Chandler Vice Mayor

“Over the past few years we have built a strongly conservative Town Council in Gilbert, and it’s making a huge difference. I am excited to see a Team like Lisa Gray’s Arizona Party Builders that will build our party to win elections at all levels. I’ve seen their work, and I know they are exactly what we need for our party.” – Jenn Daniels, Gilbert Town Council

“We are delighted to have the support and trust of city leaders from across the County,” said Gray. “Strong relationships between elected leaders and the grassroots is one of our priorities; having their support shows we’re already on the right track.”

Lisa Gray and her team, Paul Brierley, 1st Vice Chairman; Rene Lopez, 2nd Vice Chairman; Colleen Lombard, Secretary; and Walter Dudley, Treasurer, represent a broad segment of the County and have a combined 45 years of grassroots Republican leadership experience. They are known as the Arizona Party Builders because their focus will be on building the Party to win elections. Lisa and her team continue to garner the support of many conservatives across Maricopa County.

To learn more about the candidates and details of their plan, please visit www.AZPartyBuilders.com.

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Phoenix City Councilman Bill Gates Endorses Lisa Gray and her team for Maricopa County Leadership

Arizona Party Builders

Phoenix – Phoenix City Councilman Bill Gates, known for being fiscally responsible and stopping frivolous government spending, today announced his endorsement of Lisa Gray and her team for leadership of the Maricopa County Republican Party.

“I am proud to support Lisa Gray and the entire Arizona Party Builders team to lead the Maricopa County GOP. As a former District Chair and past member of the County GOP Executive Guidance Committee, I believe Lisa Gray and the Arizona Party Builders team have the experience and focus to grow the Maricopa County Republican Party and lead the party to success in the 2014 elections.”

“Bill Gates has a history of strong leadership in the Maricopa County Republican Party, and is now bringing fiscal transparency and efficiency to the City of Phoenix,” said Gray. “I share Bill’s passion for transparency, and I am honored that someone with Bill’s background and understanding of the Republican Party would endorse my team to lead us to success in the upcoming elections.”

Lisa Gray and her team, Paul Brierley, 1st Vice Chairman; Rene Lopez, 2nd Vice Chairman; Colleen Lombard, Secretary; and Walter Dudley, Treasurer, represent a broad segment of the County and have a combined 45 years of grassroots Republican leadership experience. They are known as the Arizona Party Builders because their focus will be on building the Party to win elections. Lisa and her team continue to garner the support of many conservatives across Maricopa County.

To learn more about the candidates and details of their plan, please visit www.AZPartyBuilders.com.

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Meet the Team: Lisa Gray

Arizona Party Builders

Lisa Gray

Candidate for Chairman
Lisa Gray
I am running for Maricopa County Republican Committee Chairman because I love our Party, our Principles, and want future generations of Americans to enjoy the same freedoms that we have. My goal as your Chairman is to get back to the basics and BUILD OUR PARTY! We are desperately in need of a reboot and my team and I are the leaders with the experience and PROVEN track records to do this. Words on a resume don’t mean anything if results and accomplishments don’t back them up.

When you review my resume you will see that I have been very committed, involved and elected to many leadership positions. In each position that I have been fortunate to serve in, I had a plan and a unified team with a vision that worked to make each organization more effective. I have also been recognized through various awards for my leadership, hard work and dedication.

As I have visited with Precinct Committeemen, District leaders and elected officials across the County, a common thread that I see, is that there are amazing people in our Party, who want to work together and WIN elections. TOGETHER WE CAN DO THIS!

I would be honored to serve as your Chairman, and I ask for your vote on January 12th.

Positions Held
• Chairman, Legislative District 21
• Grassroots Campaign Coordinator, FreedomWorks
• Save Our Vote/No on Prop 121 Committee Member
• MCRC Executive Guidance Committee Member
• Ex-officio Arizona State Republican Party Executive Committee
• State Committeeman
• Precinct Committeeman
• Chairman, Legislative District 9
• 2nd Vice Chairman, Legislative District 9
• Delegate, Legislative District 9 Arizona State GOP Convention
• President, Sun City Republican Club
• President, Greater Phoenix Tea Party Patriots
• Co-leader, Northwest Valley Tea Party Patriots

Learn more about my experience and background by clicking here.

Phoenix City Councilman Sal DiCiccio Endorses Lisa Gray for Maricopa County Chairman

Arizona Party Builders

Phoenix – Phoenix City Councilman and fiscal conservative, Sal DiCiccio, is known for being a champion of the taxpayer, exposing waste, favoritism and the way public unions spend taxpayer dollars has endorsed Lisa Gray for Maricopa County Chairman.

“I know how important leadership is in accomplishing our conservative goals, and that’s why I’m endorsing Lisa Gray for Maricopa County Republican Party Chair. Her experience fighting for transparency, accountability and conservative values, as well as her proven leadership experience, will help set the Republican Party up for success in the coming years. I encourage all Precinct Committeemen to join me in supporting Lisa.”

“I am thrilled to have Sal’s support,” said Gray. “Sal is a role model to me in his willingness to go against the flow and do what is right regardless of the opposition he faces. He is a steadfast conservative who is well respected by not only members of our Party but the people of Phoenix as well. It is an honor to have his endorsement.”

About Lisa Gray
Lisa is a grassroots, conservative leader in the Northwest Valley, working with Republicans, and Tea Party Activist. She has served as LD9 and LD21 District Chairman, LD9 Second Vice Chairman, Sun City Republican Club President and Northwest Valley Tea Party Co-Leader. Lisa continues to garner support from many conservative leaders across the County including Speaker Pro-Tempore J.D. Mesnard, Rep. Debbie Lesko and Republican National Committeeman Bruce Ash. 

To learn more about the candidates and details of their plan, please visit www.AZPartyBuilders.com.

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Former Maricopa County Republican Chairman Larry Pickard Endorses Lisa Gray

Arizona Party Builders

Former Maricopa County Republican Chairman Larry Pickard Endorses Lisa Gray for County Chairman 

Phoenix – Larry Pickard, a successful Chairman of the Maricopa County Republican Party, knows what it takes to build an effective grassroots party that gets candidates elected. “I have watched Lisa Gray in action as she built an award-winning district, led successful fundraising and get-out-the-vote efforts, and helped the No-on-121 committee soundly defeat the Top Two Primary initiative in Arizona,” said Pickard. “This is the kind of party building that we need in Maricopa County! Please join me in supporting Lisa and her Arizona Party Builders Team at the Maricopa County Republican Statutory meeting on Saturday, January 12th.”

“I am honored to have a former Maricopa County Chairman of Larry’s stature join the growing numbers of those supporting me and my team,” said Gray. “Larry is a Precinct Committeeman in my district and has witnessed my work ethic and passion that I will bring to this position.”

Lisa Gray and her team, Paul Brierley, 1st Vice Chairman; Rene Lopez, 2nd Vice Chairman; Colleen Lombard, Secretary; and Walter Dudley, Treasurer, represent a broad segment of the County and have a combined 45 years of grassroots Republican leadership experience. Known as the Arizona Party Builders because their focus will be on building the Party to win elections.

About Lisa Gray

Lisa is a grassroots, conservative leader in the Northwest Valley, working with Republicans and Tea Party activists. She has served as LD9 and LD21 District Chairman, LD9 Second Vice Chairman, Sun City Republican Club President and Northwest Valley Tea Party Co-Leader. She was also a plaintiff against Proposition 121, which was not only detrimental to the Republican Party, but also to all Arizona voters. Speaker Pro-Tempore JD Mesnard, Rep. Debbie Lesko, and Republican National Committeeman Bruce Ash are just a few of the conservative leaders who have endorsed Lisa and her team to lead the Maricopa County Republican Party.

To learn more about the candidates and details of their plan, please visit www.AZPartyBuilders.com

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Republican National Committeeman Bruce Ash Endorses Lisa Gray for Chairman of the Maricopa County Republican Party

Arizona Party Builders

Phoenix – Bruce Ash, Republican National Committeeman has endorsed Lisa Gray in her race for Chairman of the Maricopa County Republican Party.

“It’s not everyday that you run across a person with such passion and optimism for our Party, but that is what you find in Lisa. She knows that now, more than ever, is the time to build our Party. I believe she is the right person at this time to lead us in Maricopa County,” said Ash. “She is a strong conservative with a proven track record of getting things accomplished by not wavering on principle but by working with all factions of our Party. She has a solid plan to build our Party and has recruited a stellar team to help implement that plan. Please join me in supporting Lisa Gray and her team to lead our Party in Maricopa County.”

“I am grateful to have the support of Bruce Ash, our National Committeeman, who is well respected within our Party, both nationally and within our state,” said Gray. “I have assembled a well qualified team of leaders from across Maricopa County with over 45 years of combined experience to help lead our County. We have a solid plan that will prepare us for the 2014 elections so that Republicans are victorious!”

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