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Team LaFaro Elected to Maricopa County Republican Party Leadership

Congratulations to newly elected Chairman of the Maricopa County Republican Party, A.J. LaFaro and of course to his team! Here are the results from Saturday’s election:

County Chairman:
A.J. LaFaro – 1,179 (53.35%) | Lisa Gray – 1,030 (46.61%)

1st Vice-Chairman:
April Riggins – 1,128 (50.95%) | Paul Brierley – 1,086 (49.05%)

2nd Vice-Chairman:
Jose Borrajero 
– 1,254 (57.37%) | Rene Lopez – 932 (42.63%)

Secretary:
Jeni White – 1,256 (56.68%) | Colleen Lombard – 960 (43.32%)

Treasurer:
David Ludwig – 1,241 (56.46%) | Walter Dudley – 956 (43.49%

On the resolutions, all passed with the following results:

1B – Petition Circulators – 56.67%
2A – History Education – 76.06%
3C – Repeal 17th Amendment – 68.01%
5A – No amnesty for aliens – 73.65%
6A – State Sovereignty – 81.98%
7A – Don’t hire aliens – 77.43%
9A – No DREAM Act – 76.79%
Floor 2nd Amendment – 87.07%

Regarding the bylaws changes, the following bylaws changed with the necessary 2/3rd’s vote:

1 Art XI Severability – 80.53% – PASS
2 Art I intepretation of bylaws – 69.89% – PASS
3 Art II pc term of office – 54.29% – FAIL
4 Art II “Organization” meeting – 86.47% – PASS
5 Art II LD Chair quorum – 70.55% – PASS
6 Art II pc e-mail addresses – 55.16% – FAIL
7 Art II resign to run repeal – 61.14% – FAIL

Finally, we have posted Chairman LaFaro’s speech in entirety:

Good morning – 

I’m A. J. LaFaro and I want to be your next Chairman of the Maricopa County Republican Committee.

During these past four months I’ve traveled thousands of miles, met thousands of wonderful people and lost several pounds – and for that I thank you. The journey has been arduous but fun and not without it’s bumps along the way. 

This morning, we’ve come to a fork in the road. 

You have two choices – you can turn to the left and vote for my opponent or you can turn to the right and vote for A. J. LaFaro keeping the MCRC an independent and unbiased voice of the people. 

Why should I be your next Chairman? 

I have the proven executive skills and talents to help lead the Maricopa County Republicans during these next two years. Challenging years to defend against the progressive socialists, liberal Democrats and the unions continued attempt to turn Arizona Blue. 

My executive leadership skills include being a good planner, organizer, communicator, team builder and a good listener. But more importantly – I’m pragmatic. The top priorities of the Chairman should be raise funds and be the public voice of the Maricopa County Republican Party. 

The Maricopa County Republican Committee is made up of twenty legislative districts. Each one a unique franchise. Your neighborhoods, communities, school districts and cities have personalities of their own just like the people we elect to represent us. 

My opponent says our party is broken and needs to be fixed. Her plan – not the peoples plan – speaks to a few vague issues that maybe symptoms but will never address the fundamental problem with our party.

The divisiveness and bitter in-fighting amongst our groups. 

We all call ourselves Republicans and under that umbrella we have people who are right of center all the way to far right. During my travels I’ve even met some left of center. 

There’s probably four groups we align ourselves with – the establishment, the conservatives, the Tea Partiers and the Ron Paul supporters. Each with unique ideologies and beliefs. Many are the same – some are not. 

If elected your next Chairman, I would immediately call for a détente of these four groups to come together, clearly identify our common and unique ideologies. 

I’m confident one strong common goal we all can agree on is to win elections. To beat the progressive socialists, the liberal Democrats and the unions continued attempt to turn Arizona Blue. 

We have a challenging task ahead of us these next two to four years as we fight for God, family and country.

You have the opportunity to elect Team LaFaro today – a stronger team with a much stronger message to help defeat our enemies. 

I’m asking for your vote and support for A. J. LaFaro, April Riggins, Jose Borrajero, Jeni White and David Ludwig so we can keep Arizona Red – Dark Red! 

Ronald Reagan once said: 

“Without God, democracy will not and cannot long endure.” 

In closing, I want to say may God bless you and God bless America!

Statement of endorsement from Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery

Robert Graham

PHOENIX — ”With the exit of my friend, Tom Morrissey, from the race for Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party, I encourage fellow Republicans to unite behind the candidacy of Robert Graham for State Party Chair. I worked with Robert to defeat Proposition 121, the Open Primary Initiative, and am confident in his commitment to Republican Party principles and dedication to future Republican Party successes. Robert’s ability to work with members across our Party’s spectrum is critical to uniting fiscal and social conservatives for Arizona’s benefit now and in the future.”

About Robert Graham

Robert Graham is a conservative activist and AZ business leader. He was a leader in the fight against taxes and the destruction of our party system, successfully working with the grassroots to defeat propositions 121 and 204. Majority Leader David Gowan, Speaker Pro-Tempore JD Mesnard, Rep. Justin Olson, Rep. Steve Montenegro, Maricopa County Chairman Rob Haney, and numerous Arizona conservative leaders have endorsed Graham to lead the Arizona GOP. 

To learn more about Robert Graham and his plan for Arizona’s Republican Party, please visit his website at www.GrahamForArizona.com or his Facebook page. 

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Maricopa County Republican Volunteers Requested!

Volunteers are needed to help stuff envelopes for the January 12, 2013 Maricopa County Republican Committee Call Letter!

Stuffing begins at 10 am and will likely last until 1 pm, on Thursday, December 27 at State Party HQ located at 3501 N. 24th Street, Phoenix.

Please RSVP to Diane Ortiz-Parsons at preference@cox.net or Carolyn Leff at cleff99@gmail.com.

Please RSVP as soon as possible!

Thank You!

Meet the Candidates: Lisa Gray – Candidate, Chairman, Maricopa County Republican Party

Arizona Party Builders

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.

On Display Today: Paul Penzone’s Inexperience and Ineptitude

Penzone, Goddard and Camacho Miscalculate and Look Foolish

PHOENIX, AZ – Maricopa County Sheriff candidate Paul Penzone and two fellow Democrats had their hopes dashed today after prematurely calling a press conference to applaud the county Board of Supervisors’ decision to offer a massive settlement in a jailhouse death claim against Sheriff Arpaio.

Problem is, the Board refused to settle the claim today and instead sided with Sheriff Arpaio to go back to trial and fight the lawsuit.

“Penzone did today what many inexperienced politicians do. He came to an incorrect conclusion, jumped the gun, called a press conference and looked foolish in the process,” says Chad Willems, Arpaio’s campaign manager.

To save face, Penzone and his Democrat colleagues, former Phoenix mayor Terry Goddard and former TV reporter Frank Camacho, went on to level accusations against Arpaio and his office, again without the benefit of accurate knowledge and verifiable data.

The three Democrats told reporters the manner in which Arpaio runs the Sheriff’s Office costs taxpayers exorbitant amounts of money in legal fees.

But the data says something altogether different. The MCSO’s legal fee payouts are far less than the Phoenix Police Department and neighboring Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office, which also operates a mega-jail system.

Since 1993, when Arpaio was first elected Sheriff, the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office has paid out a total of $45 million dollars in lawsuits from vehicle accidents to inmate claims. In that same time period, Phoenix Police Department, which does NOT have a jail system with 8500 inmates, has paid over $74 million dollars in legal fees. And in just the last ten (10) years, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office has paid out a whopping $274 million dollars in legal fees alone.*

“Sheriff Arpaio is an excellent manager and a responsible steward of the taxpayers’ money,” said Willems. “He runs the third largest jail system in the nation yet continues to come in under budget nearly every year and has returned $40 million to the taxpayers in the last ten years alone. Penzone is either totally ignorant of these facts or is once again deliberately misleading the public.”

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*The LASO is the nation’s largest Sheriff’s Office, followed by (2) Cook County Chicago and (3) the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Phoenix.

Latest Early Ballot Returns from Maricopa County – Republicans Leading!

Here are the latest returns on early ballots in Maricopa County. As you can see Republicans are ahead of Democrats by over 5%. This demonstrates the enthusiasm of Republicans in casting ballots.

Total Registered Voters: 1,155,000
Total Returned Early Ballots : 516,668
% Returned: 44.73%

Total Registered Republicans: 466,451
Total Returned Republican Ballots: 232,369
% Returned: 49.82%

Total Registered Democrats: 350,389
Total Returned Democrat Ballots: 156,219
% Returned: 44.58%

Total Registered Other: 349,907
Total Returned Other Ballots: 128,080
% Returned: 36.71%

Sheriff Joe Arpaio Releases New Ad on Animal Abuse

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio really is a tough sheriff with a soft spot.

Six Organizations Endorse Steve Chucri for Maricopa County Supervisor

MARICOPA COUNTY – Today, the Steve Chucri for Supervisor campaign released the following six endorsements from important organizations in Arizona.

  • Homebuilders of Central Arizona
  • The Arizona Republic
  • REALTORS of Maricopa County
  • Arizona Right to Life
  • Arizona Construction Association
  • Mesa Chamber of Commerce

“These organizations do vital work here in Arizona on a number of causes and issues. It’s an honor to be supported by these six organizations for Maricopa County Supervisor District 2,” stated Chucri.

Steve Chucri is also endorsed by: Governor Jan Brewer, County Attorney Bill Montgomery, U. S. Senator Jon Kyl, Congressman Jeff Flake, Congressman Ben Quayle, Congressman David Schweikert, Congressman Paul Gosar, Congressman Trent Franks, State Senate President Steve Pierce, Speaker of the House Andy Tobin, State Treasurer Doug Ducey, Maricopa County Supervisor Andy Kunasek, Cave Creek Mayor Vincent Francia, Fountain Hills Councilmembers Cecil Yates & Dennis Brown & Tait D. Elkie, Fountain Hills School District Member Dr. C.T. Wright, Gilbert Mayor John Lewis, Gilbert Councilmembers Jenn Daniel &Eddie Cook & Victor Peterson, Mesa Mayor Scott Smith, Mesa Vice Mayor Scott Somers, Mesa Councilmembers Dina Higgins & Dave Richens, Phoenix Councilmembers Bill Gates & Sal DiCiccio & Jim Waring, Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane, Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny, and Paradise Valley Mayor Scott LeMarr.

Chucri has served as the President & CEO of the Arizona Restaurant Association (ARA) since 2002. Under his leadership and tireless work ethic, the ARA and restaurant industry has enjoyed a substantial growth in sales in what will amount to a ten billion dollar industry in Arizona this year alone.

As President and CEO of the ARA, Chucri represents business owners and sees firsthand how the actions of local, state, and federal governments can positively or negatively impact restaurants and other small businesses in Arizona. Chucri’s experiences as a businessman, husband, and father have given him invaluable insight into the needs of his community and ensure that, as County Supervisor, he will always put people before politics.

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Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery Endorses Wendy Rogers

The campaign for Wendy Rogers released the following statement by Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery:

“We live in troubling times. Skyrocketing debt, out-of-control spending, high taxes, terrorism, a porous border, and a growing dislike and disdain for our federal government. The only way to right the ship of state in Washington is by sending someone there who will apply sound principles of leadership with honesty and integrity.

We need someone who will lead for Arizona and who will put the interests of Arizonans first and not that of Washington lobbyists and special interests.

That’s why I am supporting Wendy Rogers for Congress in the 9th District.

Wendy has integrity – something that is lacking far too often in Congress. Her word is her bond and she follows through.

Wendy served 20 years in our military – she fought for our country nearly half her career overseas as one of the Air Force’s first woman pilots and she will fight for our new Congressional District 9 in Washington. Wendy is part of a legacy of service dating back five generations to include her father who commanded an infantry platoon in WWII, an infantry company during the Korean War, and a tank battalion during the Cold War in Europe, holding in check the forces of Communism.

Wendy is conservative. She is the only start-up business owner in District 9 and, in meeting a payroll, understands firsthand how brutal regulations can be to small business owners. She is a wife of 34 years and mother of two. Wendy is Pro Life, recognizing and respecting the inherent dignity andvalue in every human life. She will repeal Obamacare and insist on free market principles and protect the integrity of the physician-patient relationship in addressing the needs of our health care system. She is against bailouts and wasteful spending and will not mortgage the hopes and dreams of future generations to satisfy a bloated federal government today.

Bottom line – if you are a conservative like me in District 9 and you want to send a conservative to Congress whom we can trust, the only choice is Lt Col Wendy Rogers.”

– Bill Montgomery