New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez Helps Raise Over $50,000 for Arizona Republican Party

PHOENIX – Robert Graham, Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party, and a crowd of supporters welcomed Governor Susana Martinez of New Mexico to a gathering at the home of Lynn and Jack Londen in Phoenix last night. The event raised over $50,000 for the Arizona Republican Party’s campaign for victory in 2014, and showcased one of the nation’s most popular Republican governors.

“We were honored that Governor Martinez accepted our invitation to come and meet us all and speak to those of us who have been watching her lead her state and support our Republican principles at the state level,” said Arizona Republican Party Chairman Robert Graham. “Governor Martinez is not only our nation’s first Latina governor, she’s a rising star in the Republican Party because she’s an effective chief executive, a true conservative, and an inspiring and engaging leader.” 

Graham thanked the Chairman’s Circle of the Arizona Republican Party, consisting of a group of business and community leaders who participated in the event, and expressed his gratitude to Lynn and Jack Londen as well as the Host Committee members for supporting the event.

Chairman’s Circle: Jane and Bruce Ash, Lee Benson, Barbara and Jim Chamberlain, Vicki and Jim Click, Beth and Chad Coons, La and John Dawson, Marilyn and Jerry Hayden, Randy and Ken Kendrick, Ed Robson

Host Committee: Maryglenn and Rich Boals, Dorde “George” Cedic, Nan and Webb Crockett, Karen and Michael Preston Green, Donnell and Alan Heywood, Don Isaacson, Ann and John Kaites, Michele Larson, Sharon and Michael Lechter, Jeff Lindsey, Lynn and Jack Londen, Hon. Vernon Parker

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AZGOP Chairman: Legislative Process Must Performed Legitimately

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PHOENIX – Robert Graham, Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party, issued the following statement regarding this week’s activity at the Arizona Legislature:

“I serve as the elected Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party, with over a million voters strong in our state. 

“I also stand with those hundreds of thousands of taxpayers who voted for Republican candidates, knowing that Republicans support fiscal responsibility. I understand that everyone is under a lot of pressure here today. Many of you have not slept in a few days. We all agree there’s a lot at stake. However, I cannot overstate how disappointed I am with the parliamentary maneuvers that have played out over the past few days. Last year, our Republican legislative majority elected a Senate President and Speaker of the House empowering them to provide leadership consistent with the Republican Party platform. Vested in them is a constitutional responsibility to originate and craft a budget for the legislature to send the Executive branch. To their credit, they have worked long and hard to that end for over 100 days. 

“I now call on all Republican legislators to restore the legitimate process that respects the authority that was given to the duly elected Republican House and Senate leadership. Let’s also make sure that, as we close out the First Regular Session of the 51st Legislature, we support the remaining conservative core pieces of legislation and amendments that define the contrast between our party and that of the left. I understand that each member of the legislature comes from a different district with different constituencies. But I also want to be very clear that each and every Republican who ran for office did so representing our party. As Republicans, we should stand united in the cause of promoting limited government, respect for life, defense of our Constitution, strict adherence to transparent governance and full support of legitimate parliamentary procedures that allow our leadership to do the job they were elected to do.”

Aaron Borders: Republicans and the Blue Collar Worker

I want to open this article with a simple, yet profound, statement from President Reagan “You can’t be for big Government, big taxes, and big bureaucracy and still be for the little guy.”

When I talk to Blue Collar workers I have found many of them do not spent much time following politics. They rarely know how government works from the federal level down to local government, yet they have a common thread as they often tell me, “Republicans ONLY care about the Rich.” It always breaks my heart to hear this because I know that it is the furthest thing from the truth; yet, a lot of the Blue Collar workers I meet truly believe this from the bottom of their hearts.

I could go back and explain how we got to this point, and I used to try. However, I find that I usually lose them as I dig into American political history. Lets face it, unless you’re really plugged into politics, a 10 minute dissertation is way too painful to the average “non-political” Joe.

This is where our challenge lies. How do we educate, but not lecture? How do we be informative, but not come across as combative, arrogant and preachy? How I have started talking about Republican economics is simply to tell of my Blue Collar struggles and their paycheck.

Long ago in Ohio I worked with my cousins and friends in the construction field and I found that it was a trade that would suit me. Soon after, I started to work for a masonry company and went to masonry school to be a brick, block and stone mason. A few years later I started working for a General Contracting company, and started to make the best money of my young life. One afternoon the boss asked me to work a Saturday to help keep a project on track and enticed me by saying, “I will pay you time and a half!” I jumped on the opportunity.

A week or so later I went to grab get my check so I could take my young wife out to dinner to make up for the prior Saturday. When I opened my check, it was smaller then my normal checks. I thought there must be some mistake and went to speak with the HR department. Betty-Joe from HR sat me down and listened to my bewilderment for a few minutes before finally cutting me off. She calmly explained it to me, “Aaron, I know this is hard to understand, but you made too much money this week. It pushed you into a higher tax bracket, and so you have to pay a higher percentage in taxes then you normally do, making your check smaller.”

I had taken economics in school and thought I understood government taxes, but that day solidified my realization that I deserved the money I worked for, not the government. I have always believed that taxes were the ultimate win-fall for the government, but now I knew how unfair the system was. I had worked hard, negotiated my wages, put in extra time, yet now that I had worked one day more the government needed more of my money. I remember thinking, that was MY money, MY time and I earned it; not the Government.

From then on whenever my foreman asked me to work on Saturday, I always said that I had prior plans, and couldn’t. This in turn, made the projects we were building take longer, stalling the projects opening and thus slowing the growth of the economy in our small town.

There was no financial gain for me to work harder, so why would I; especially since the additional work actually accounted for a loss to my paycheck. If I would have gotten the paycheck with the extra money instead of extra taxes; my wife and I would have supported a local restaurant, tipped the waiter/waitress a little bit more, and probably spent a little more money at the store. All of that was taken out of the local economy, because I refused to work harder to earn less.

As I moved through my life and I became a business owner. I found this reasoning also applied to business. With a normal business plan, a business strives to reaches different levels of success in order to reinvest into its self. Whither it is more efficient tools, a larger facility, or more employees; a business is reaching for higher benchmarks. During this struggle to grow, they always have to account for the constant draining of funds being pulled away from the business via the government and taxes. This constant draining is a roadblock that every determined job creator has to jump over to be successful.

Democrats try to put blinders on low-income employee to say, “the other guys can afford to pay a little higher taxes.” However, many times the ‘other guy’ in this statement is their employer or a corporation that with the ability to keep a bit more of THEIR profit could hire more employees. Just like when I couldn’t spend MY money on MY family with MY earnings, a company getting a higher tax bills can not spend or invest their money in their company, through pay raises (to the Blue Collar Workers), new equipment, or new employees.

These financial hurdles and roadblocks hurt Blue Collared Workers yet, the Democrats consistently want to raise taxes on income and businesses that directly impact Blue Collar Workers. The Democrat Party says it’s a huge supporter of the “little guy” and the “Blue Collar Worker” but then their economic plan completely rejects this point. Anyone who wants people and businesses to pay more, because of their hard they work cannot say they want everyone to succeed. This makes the Democrat platform either completely disingenuous or completely inept to basic capitalistic principles.

When I tell this story to Blue Collar workers, I watch as they put it into perspective and see the basic logic and reasoning. Many Democrat candidates demonize corporations, big business and “the Rich.” In all actuality they are really demonizing every worker who wants to work hard to succeed for their family. Every worker should be able to work hard to support their family and every corporation needs to work hard to reinvest into itself. This is how Republicans view the economic development with tax cuts in order to spur economic growth.

President Ronald Reagan implemented this strategy when he cut taxes across the board and created a boom in the economy in the 1980’s. He so eloquently said, “A rising tide floats all boats.” When I try to start with this quote, I am always accused of defending the “rich guy.” But when I start the story from the beginning, I find that this quote is a great closer because by then nearly all my Blue Collar friends have realized that Republicans are actually the party for the hard working Blue Collar workers, not the Democrats.

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About the Author: Aaron Borders is a Financial Specialist and business owner in Arizona. Aaron was a Journeyman Mason and partner in a General Contracting and Construction business prior to the 2008 market crash. He got the proper education in order to help families and businesses with their Risk Management and Financial needs. He lives in Litchfield Park with his wife Shelly and three little boys, with a baby girl due in Sept. Aaron Borders is also a candidate for the Arizona House of Representatives in Legislative District 29. For more information on Aaron, please visit his website at www.AaronBorders4AZ.com.

Latinos/Hispanics and Republicans

By Aaron Borders

I want to start this article with this thought in mind. Republicans don’t need to change their platform to bring in Latinos/ Hispanics to the GOP, they need to get their message to the Latino/ Hispanics people. I base that comment on my MANY conversations with Hispanic and Latino Arizonans. It seems that when I approach a Hispanic or Latino Voter I ask them what they think about the Republican Party. I usually get one of these two answers or both. “Republicans are racist and they hate Latinos/Hispanics”, or I get this,” you’re the first person that’s asked, I don’t even know what the Republicans believe”.

I grew up in a generation that didn’t see race as an issue at all. When I was a boy, Michael Jordan was the biggest basketball star, Tiger Woods was the biggest talent in golf, and Emmitt Smith was the best running back in the NFL. As I got older and I learned more about politics, I learned that Democrats opposed EVERY piece of civil rights legislation that our Congress has passed. Now I know you are reading this and thinking, ‘what do Latinos/ Hispanics have to do with the African- American Civil rights movement?’ Very simple, the same way the Democrats have sucked in the same people they fought to enslave (remember Lincoln was a Republican) and through big Government programs, they have destroyed their culture and family values. This is their plan for the Latino/ Hispanics population as well.

In the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s the African-American people were fighting for their civil rights and liberties. By in large, they were religious folks following Dr. Martin Luther King (Republican) and his quest for equality for his people. The African-American community had tight family bonds and values. ALL they wanted was to get equal pay and equal opportunity. So, with MUCH rejection from the “Dixiecrats” which were a proud group of Democrat segregationist and their supporters that had assumed control of the state Democratic parties in part or in full. They also opposed racial integration and wanted to retain Jim Crow laws and white supremacy. With great pressure from the Civil Rights Movement and the Republicans in Congress, a lot of civil rights legislation was passed into law. President Lyndon B. Johnson only went along because he saw the “voter loyalty” that came with it.

The Democrat Party continues to get the African-American vote solely out of loyalty to a Democratic President who signed Republican Civil Rights bills, they consistently vote against their own interest with blind loyalty. THIS is how African-Americans relate to Latinos/ Hispanics. With the Latinos/ Hispanics, however, it is just getting started. Here are a few examples.

Proposition 8 in California was a great illustration of what I am referring to. The LA Times recorded this, “California’s black and Latino voters, who turned out in droves for Barack Obama, also provided key support in favor of the state’s same-sex marriage ban. Seven in 10 black voters backed a successful ballot measure to overturn the California Supreme Court’s May decision allowing same-sex marriage, according to exit polls for The Associated Press. More than half of Latino voters supported Proposition 8.” It’s Amazing that something that is a core belief issue to African-Americans and Latinos who felt so strongly about same-sex marriage they, “turned out in droves” on an non presidential election year to oppose it, but; blindly voted for a party that openly supports it.

Here is another example, According to a Reuters report, “U.S. Hispanics — traditionally an anti-abortion group influenced by their predominant Roman Catholic faith. A 2007 joint survey by the respected Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life and the Pew Hispanic Center shows that 65 % of first-generation U.S. Hispanics believe abortion should be illegal.” However, according to the New York Times, Nationwide Hispanics voted 67% in favor of Obama. Such a solid disconnect. An anti-abortion position is an unwavering position because there is a belief that legalized murder is taking place. Yet once again, the party that openly supports abortion and late term abortion was the party that got the anti-abortion Hispanic/Latino vote. Not to mention President Obama who openly supported infanticide as an Illinois State Senator.

I will give you one more example before I share with you what I feel the Republicans can do to fix this problem.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the number of Hispanic-owned businesses in the United States increased by 43.7% to 2.3 million, more than twice the national rate of 18% between 2002 and 2007. About 45.8% of all Hispanic-owned businesses were owned by people of Mexican origin. Hispanic-owned businesses generated $345.2 billion in sales in 2007, up 55.5% compared with 2002. The number of Hispanic-owned businesses with receipts of $1 million or more increased 51.6%— from 29,168 to 44,206 businesses between 2002 and 2007.These new data come from the Survey of Business Owners: Hispanic-Owned Businesses: 2007. Once again common reasoning would tell you these folks would vote for Pro-Growth Candidates and support Pro-Small Business policies. Unfortunately as I previously stated, President Obama, who is certainly not Pro-Growth (unless you’re talking about Gov. Regulation) or Pro-Small Business, got 67% of the Hispanic vote.

So what does this all boil down to? I refer to the second comment I get from Hispanics and Latinos when I ask them their thoughts about Republican Party.

First the Democrats have told the lie that Republicans are racist. Republicans know that’s not true but we haven’t adequately reached out to the Hispanic Voters and explained our history of, NOT being racist. The truth is that the Republicans want a secure border. Not only to keep U.S. commerce in the U.S. to grow our economy, but for the security of our Nation. We MUST explain that there is proof that Hezbollah and Hamas have infiltrated the Mexican drug cartels and a dirty bomb from them will not discriminate between Republicans or Democrats. Hispanic and Latino Voters MUST see these lies as a ploy to pit them against Republicans; at the risk of their families’ security.

Second, the Republican Party must work harder to explain their platform to Hispanics and Latinos. I don’t want to discount the work that the Arizona Latino Republican local groups have done, but as a party we must do more. As I have illustrated, there is a huge voter base that agrees with the Conservative Republican platform, they just haven’t been told by us what we believe. The Democrats tell them what we believe and most of the time the Democrats are the only one talking to them. So in essence, they only hear lies about how we are racist, then we don’t reach out to them for their vote, and that further solidifies the lie in their mind.

As a current candidate for the LD-29 Arizona State House, I have been blown away when I speak to Hispanic and Latinos Voters. For some of these folks I am the first Republican that has ever talked to them. Furthermore, when I explain our platform to them they almost ALL look at me confounded and say, “I didn’t even know I was a Republican.”

As Republicans, we had better wake up as a party and invest in our message to the Hispanic and Latino Voters because they are us, they just don’t know it.

Aaron Borders is a Republican candidate for the Arizona Legislature in Legislative District 29. You can find out more about Aaron at his website at www.AaronBorders4AZ.com. You can also follow Aaron on Twitter and Facebook.

Video: Arizona Republican Party Chairman’s Debate at LD-17

Tuesday night, AZGOP Chairman candidates squared off in Chandler at the LD-17 meeting. Here is video of both Robert Graham and Doug Little discussing the future of the Arizona Republican Party.

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Thank you to LD-26 for providing this video!

Arizona Republican Party Chairman Debate Comes to Mohave County – Robert Graham Wins

Word out of Kingman in Mohave County is that Robert Graham owned the room in the debate against Doug Little.

Doug Little arrived to the event late. Present were about 30-40 people which is a great turnout for a GOP candidate’s debate. Newly-elected Senator Kelli Ward was also in attendance.

Graham completely worked the room – talking to everyone before the lunch-meeting started.

Doug Little didn’t appear to move around the room that much only talking to a few people. Graham passed out shirts, buttons, flyers, yard signs and palm cards while Little made an effort to cover up Graham’s flyers on the tables with his own flyers.

Little spoke first. Graham spoke second. When Little launched into his speech, he attacked Graham’s age arguing that he thought Graham was too young to be Chairman. Little also attacked Graham for fighting for the defeat of a tax increase initiative in California - never mind the fact that Graham was extremely active supporting Arizona congressional candidates AND the effort to defeat the Open Primary initiative and Prop 204. Somewhere along the road, Little forgot to hold to the candidate agreement of staying above the negativity.

When Graham spoke, his ideas and vision were well received throughout the room. Compared to Doug Little, Robert Graham’s remarks, vision and ideas were night and day.

When both candidates took questions, someone asked about their thoughts on the United Nations. Little responded first and said that he did not believe that the US should withdraw from the UN. Most people in the room were shocked. Graham’s response to the same question was the opposite. That resulted with the entire room erupting in applause. (Little tried to take back his comments during the applause.)

When the debate adjourned, Little didn’t stay more than fifteen minutes while Graham remained until the last person departed.

It certainly appears that Graham has locked up Mohave County Republicans!

Don’t miss the next Arizona Republican Party Chairman debate tomorrow night – Tuesday, January 22 – to be held in Chandler at Tri-City Baptist Church located at 2211 W. Germann Road, Chandler. Debate starts at 7:30 PM. Be there if you care about the future of the Arizona Republican Party!

Sonoran Alliance has endorsed Robert Graham for Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party.

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!

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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Editor’s Note: We have turned off comments – ESPECIALLY TO ANONYMOUS COMMENTERS – because we believe the long-term impact to party harmony is damaging. You may find yourself having to work with a party leader and your prior comments will likely make that work very difficult.

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

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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.

Meet the Team: Paul Brierley

Arizona Party Builders

Paul Brierley

Candidate for 1st Vice Chairman

I am running for 1st Vice Chairman of the Maricopa County Republican Committee because I know what our party can be if we work together for a common cause – electing Republicans! My style of leadership can be summed up in a few words: Thorough, Fair and Effective. As Graham County Chairman, I started a trend of increased Republican registration and Republican office holders, and we were named “Most Improved County” by the AZGOP. As the LD21 (Chandler) Chairman, we raised money, trained and equipped PCs, and were named “Best District” by the AZGOP.

Leadership is about equipping our Precinct Committeemen to be the best activists they can be, no matter what stripe of Republican they might be. When our leaders are bent on being activists themselves, they automatically divide the party. When our leaders fundraise and train and equip our PCs, we unite behind a common cause. I am thrilled to be on the Arizona Party Builders team, because Lisa Gray and the entire team have proven themselves with this style of leadership. Elect our team, and you WILL SEE RESULTS!

I look forward to serving as your 1st Vice Chairman, and I ask for your vote on January 12th.

Positions Held
• Chairman, Legislative District 21
• 1st Vice Chairman, Legislative District 21
• MCRC Executive Guidance Committee Member
• Member-at-Large (CD5), AZGOP Executive Committee
• Chairman, Graham County Republican Party
• State Committeeman
• Precinct Captain
• Precinct Committeeman

Learn more about my experience and background by clicking here.

Meet the Team: Rene Lopez

Arizona Party Builders

Rene Lopez

Candidate for 2nd Vice Chairman

Hello, I am running for re-election as your MCRC 2nd Vice Chairman. Per the bylaws, my primary role is to be our liaison to Republican Clubs and Organizations. I have created out of whole cloth a Clubs and Organizations database, which has allowed us to reach out and get them working with their legislative districts.

I plan to continue building our county party into a frequently sought-after resource for all districts, clubs and organizations. Having been involved now for 4 years, most recently as LD17 Chairman, I believe that I offer experience and a fresh perspective to ensure we work smarter not harder.

PC Training is the primary passion that started my involvement with the grassroots of the Party. When elected I look forward to working with the MCRC team to deploy a countywide PC Training effort.

As a second and a half generation native Arizonian born in Mesa, and a U.S. Naval Officer Veteran I am proud to be part of the AZ Party Builders team, bringing the leadership we need to the county. I would be honored if you would consider re-electing me as your 2nd Vice Chairman, and would appreciate your vote.

Positions Held
• Current 2nd Vice Chairman, MCRC Executive Guidance Committee
• Chairman, Legislative District 17
• MCRC Executive Guidance Committee Member
• AZGOP Executive Committee Member
• State Committeeman
• Precinct Committeeman
• 1st Vice Chairman, Legislative District 21
• 2nd Vice Chairman, Legislative District 21
• Operations Committee Chairman, Legislative District 21

Learn more about my experience and background by clicking here.

Meet the Team: Walter Dudley

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Walter Dudley

Candidate for Treasurer

I am excited to make a positive difference as Treasurer of the Maricopa County Republican Party. I look forward to working with the AZ Party Builders team, the Chairmen of all the legislative districts, and all the Precinct Committeemen. In particular I look forward to demonstrating to the many contributors that they will be able to have confidence in our ability to keep our ship on course and work to get Republicans elected.

Please see my bio on the AZ Party Builders website for details on my background and experience. I have had the pleasure of working with many elected officials as campaign treasurer and on legislative matters. I have chaired a National Political Action Committee and have been an LD treasurer. I am a team player and recognize how working together generates a synergistic effect. Our team welcomes all Republicans because together we can accomplish more.

I ask for your vote for me as treasurer and for the entire AZ Party Builders slate. We have a strong team and look forward to helping guide our Republican Party.

Positions Held
• First Vice Chairman, Legislative District 7
• Second Vice Chairman, Legislative District 7
• Treasurer, Legislative District 7
• Precinct Committeeman
• State Committeeman
• Campaign treasurer for a number of legislative candidates
• NFIB/AZ Leadership Council Member
• NFIB/AZ SAFE Trust Committee Member
• President, Arizona Society of Practicing Accountants
• Legislative Chair, Arizona Society of Practicing Accountants

Learn more about my experience and background by clicking here.

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

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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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Meet the Team: Colleen Lombard

Arizona Party Builders

Colleen Lombard

Candidate for Secretary

I am excited to be the candidate for Maricopa County Republican Committee Secretary and part of the AZ Party Builders Team. We are united and cohesive. We share a passion and dedication to Republican goals and values. Our team members are grass root leaders who have the vision and leadership skills to lead the County in 2013 and beyond.

As we all know, the PC is the heart, backbone and soul of the Party. We are the ones who walk the precincts bringing news from the Republican Party to our neighbors. It is our duty to maintain liberty, freedom and the US Constitution for future generations.

When I became a PC, training was almost non-existent. In time I was elected 1st Vice Chairman and held topic specific training sessions for district PCs. My goal has always been to learn as much as I can and pass that knowledge on to others. First class training and resources for Precinct Committeemen is one of our priorities. I have also served the Party as a member of Legislative District and MCRC Tally & Credentials, Nominating and By-Law Committees.

I would appreciate your support and ask for your vote. Please plan to attend the January 12, 2013 MCRC Statutory Meeting - and Vote for Arizona Party Builders – “Building the Party with Conservative Values”.

Positions Held
• First Vice Chairman, Legislative District 6
• Precinct Committeeman
• Precinct Captain
• State Committeeman
• Delegate, Legislative District 6 AZ State Convention
• Chairman, Legislative District 20 Credentials & Tally Committee (Special Election)
• Member, Legislative District 6 Bylaw Committee
• Member, 2012 MCRC Mandatory Meeting Nominating Committee
• Member, Tally & Credentials Committee for 2011 Statutory and 2012 Mandatory Meetings

Learn more about my experience and background by clicking here.

Former Maricopa County Republican Chairman Larry Pickard Endorses Lisa Gray

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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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