Thank You Maricopa County Supervisor Andy Kunasek

Reposted from HighGround Blog

By  J. Charles ‘Chuck’ Coughlin

The Crucible of Public Service

Steady, purposeful, compassionate, thoughtful, quiet, humble, kind, joyful, patient, dignified and… funny.

It is understandable that this past week, a momentous announcement took place. But it passed with very little attention. Announced the same day that several other elected officials grabbed the spotlight announcing their own plans, Maricopa County Supervisor Andy Kunasek announced his retirement from representing District Three on the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors for the past nineteen years.

Unfortunately, in today’s political environment, announcements like this are often followed by speculation that something else is afoot; that the elected is stepping down for some other troubling reason. That, of course, is not and has never been true, about Andy Kunasek.

During some of the stormiest of periods in Maricopa County government history, when the very foundations of the County government were being rocked by a County Attorney and a Sherriff who were clearly using their own powers to undermine the authority of the County Board of Supervisors, one man held STEADY: Supervisor Andy Kunasek. While the hint and fact of criminal prosecution from the hands of an unethical and now disbarred County Attorney were real, Andy Kunasek stayed calm and worked with his colleagues to steer the county ship into a safe harbor, avoiding outright disaster.

He acted in a PUPROSEFUL manner, being COMPASSIONATE to his colleagues, and was THOUGHTFUL in avoiding the hot political rhetoric which could have inflamed the situation further. He QUIETLY went about his business of building a governing consensus, in a HUMBLE way which did not seek attention or headline.

It is said that the crucible of public service, those hot contentious moments where everything in your soul says do A, but your character says do B, reveal your true character.

As a 30-year veteran of the elected politics in Arizona, I can say that I have personally witnessed such character in only rare circumstances: Matt Salmon supported the first Martin Luther King Holiday as a first time candidate for the State Senate in an overwhelming Republican conservative district in the East Valley. Attorney General Grant Woods chose to pursue the first hate crime statute in Arizona in 1991. Senator John McCain stood up for campaign finance reform when the Washington money machine was steadfast in its opposition. Governor Jan Brewer vetoed five straight Republican budgets before she had even been elected Governor – because she knew in her heart cutting that much from state government would jeopardize the health and welfare of our most vulnerable populations and damage Arizona’s hope for economic recovery.

While moments such as these reveal the underlying individual character, the equally important question is what do those events do to the person who has endured that crucible? Does it change them for the good or does it damage them and their ability to handle conflict over time? Do they become testy, short tempered, arrogant, and dismissive? Or do they become a better version of the person they were before the conflict?

Again, and without exception, Andy Kunasek stayed the Andy Kunasek I had always known; KIND, PATIENT, and DIGNIFIED.

Sure, the hair thinned and got grayer, the words came more slowly and the demeanor a bit more somber and mature. But, weeks and months later, the laugh was still there, the humor surfaced and the absurdity of political life mixed with those character traits and a newer, better version of the guy I knew before stood in front of me.

As he leaves his distinguished County service, all of my colleagues and I here at HighGround just want to say thank you. Thank you for your public service. Thank you for the self-sacrifice and the honor you bestowed upon everyone around you.

You bring out the best in all of us, you made us all better. Godspeed Andy Kunasek.

Three Maricopa County Supervisors Endorse Tobin

Andy Tobin

Three Maricopa County Supervisors Endorse Tobin

“Andy is the clear, conservative choice to represent rural Arizona in Washington.”

The list of supporters for Andy Tobin’s congressional campaign continues to grow with three Maricopa County Supervisors throwing their endorsements behind Tobin.

“As speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives, Andy cut taxes, balanced our budget, and protected our national forests,” said Maricopa County Supervisor Steve Chucri. “As someone who is both a County Supervisor and small businessman, I believe that Andy truly understands the obstacles and struggles businesses face every day. He has the leadership and abilities necessary to advance free enterprise principles at the federal level. I am proud to endorse Andy Tobin for Congress.”

“Andy is the clear, conservative choice to represent rural Arizona in Washington,” said Maricopa County Supervisor Denny Barney. “His proven record of fiscal responsibility has helped Arizona rise to one of Forbes’ top ten places for job growth. Tobin’s commitment to rural Arizona goes way beyond his long record of cutting taxes and fighting for smaller government in the legislature. He has lived in rural Arizona over 30 years and understands firsthand the challenges his potential constituents face. I am proud to support Andy Tobin for United States Congress.”

“Arizona needs another faithful, straightforward conservative in Washington,” said Maricopa County Supervisor Andy Kunasek. “Andy Tobin has a proven track record of fighting for real, lasting jobs and a strong economy. He understands and fights for people of all ages, educational backgrounds and economic levels. I am proud to endorse Andy’s campaign for Congress.”

“I am thrilled to have the support of these great elected leaders,” said Tobin. “Supervisors Chucri, Barney and Kunasek have always been strong advocates for Arizona’s economic development. They are champions of small business and job growth. I am honored to have their support and counsel as we continue building our network of grassroots leaders around the district.”

ABOUT ANDY TOBIN:

Andy Tobin and his wife of 27 years, Jennifer, are the proud parents of five children- three daughters and two sons. Tobin is a small business owner who has devoted his life to positively affecting his community through job creation, public service and advocating for conservative principles. Tobin’s focus has been on creating sustainable jobs, helping small businesses succeed, building a stronger middle class and putting Arizona back on track. While serving as Speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives, Tobin drastically cut government by 25 percent, balanced Arizona’s budget and presided over the largest tax cuts in Arizona’s history, saving Arizona taxpayers millions of dollars.

Tobin has fought for your family’s freedoms, your prosperity and your community for the past six years while serving in the Arizona Legislature. He continues to lead the fight to stop the implementation of the disastrous ObamaCare. As your Representative in Congress, Andy Tobin will represent your voice, and lead the charge in fighting for you against the wasteful spending, government intrusion, and out-of-touch insiders that are taking away your freedoms.

Join Andy Tobin today!

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