Wil Cardon Endorsed by Maricopa County Supervisor Denny Barney in AZSOS Race

Wil Cardon SOS

Mesa, AZ – In a sign of more momentum behind Wil Cardon’s candidacy for Arizona’s Secretary of State, Maricopa County Supervisor Denny Barney endorsed Wil Cardon today.

“I’m proud to endorse Wil for Arizona’s next Secretary of State,” Denny Barney said. “Wil has spent many years in the business world, creating jobs in Arizona and giving back to his community. His experience in business, his strong grounding in conservative principles, and his commitment to the state of Arizona will make him an excellent Secretary State.”

“I am honored to have Denny’s endorsement,” said Wil Cardon. “Not only is Denny is a successful businessman who has helped create jobs in Arizona, he has generously given his time to serving his community. I’m running for Secretary of State because I believe we need people from all walks of life involved in the governance of our state. I’m proud to have his support.”

Denny Barney was elected in 2012 to the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors in Maricopa County’s 1st District, representing the cities of Tempe, Chandler, Queen Creek, Sun Lakes, and parts of Mesa, Scottsdale, and Gilbert.

Denny is a sixth generation native of Arizona and prominent business leader. He is currently a principal in ARCUS Private Capital Solutions, a specialized realty investment and finance company. He is also the CEO of Landmark Companies, a private investment company with focus on real estate investment and development.

In addition to his business endeavors, Denny is a current Board Member of Mesa United Way, serving as past chairman for their annual campaign.

Wil Cardon is CEO of the Cardon Companies.  Along with his wife Nicole, he is also actively involved in numerous charitable and community leadership positions.  Together, they are the proud parents of 5 children and live in Mesa. 

Wil Cardon Statement on Steve Montenegro Decision and Endorsement

Wil Cardon SOS

Mesa, AZ – Businessman and Republican candidate for Secretary of State Wil Cardon released the following statement today in response to Representative Steve Montenegro’s decision not to run for Secretary of State and his endorsement of Cardon:

“I want to thank Steve for his endorsement today. Steve’s a great conservative and someone who has an incredibly bright future in Arizona. I am excited to have his endorsement and look forward to having him involved in our campaign.

“I also want to extend an invite to all of Steve’s supporters to join our campaign. Your support is important to me and to the success of this campaign.”


Montenegro will end Exploratory Committee, backs Wil Cardon for Secretary of State


PHOENIX – State Representative Steve Montenegro today issued the following statement:

“In March of this year I was approached by a group of conservative leaders who asked me to explore a run for Secretary of State.  At the time, their concern was that such a critical office needed a reliable conservative to ensure that Arizona’s elections would be held in strict compliance with the law and that the integrity of the process would come first.  They also shared their concern that as first-in-line to succeed the Governor, the Secretary of State needed to be a solid conservative in case anything should happen that would cause the office of Governor to be vacated.  At the time, the field of potential candidates was decidedly narrow, left-of-center, and their reason for concern was both legitimate and compelling.

I have spent these last five months exploring and was encouraged by the results, both around Arizona and even nationally.  I have been honored and humbled by those who have stepped up to put their name next to mine, included twenty or so of my fellow State Legislators.  I had every reason to believe that the fight we were being drawn into was one we were best prepared to fight.

However, over the last week or so the race changed in a fundamental way.  Wil Cardon, a fellow conservative and someone I supported when he ran for the U.S. Senate last year, spoke with me and indicated that he was prepared to run for Secretary of State.  Since then he has filed to run.  Wil brings both a statewide organization and phenomenal resources to this race, and the experience he gained in 2012 will make him a better and more effective candidate.  While I recognize that there is no such thing as “can’t lose” in politics, Wil Cardon is our best chance to ensure that a conservative wins in November and that liberal candidates considering this office will not be successful.

It makes no sense for me to consume the time and treasure of so many good people to run an uphill race against someone on the same team.  Several years ago, when I was first recruited into running for office, I learned that politics is a team sport and politicians fail themselves and those they serve when they put their interests ahead of the team’s.

Conservatives in Arizona wanted a candidate for Secretary of State they could rally to.  With Wil Cardon they have that candidate, and I am pleased to offer him my support.  I would further encourage everyone who was so kind to me and who offered me support to take a close look at Wil and then join me in the effort to elect Wil and other conservatives up and down the ballot in 2014.

I have enjoyed my time in the State House and look forward to continuing my work there, and to seeking re-election in 2014.

Melissa and I want to thank everyone, from the bottoms of our hearts, for your support, prayers, contributions, and effort.  I look forward to serving the cause for years to come, particularly when the time is right and the need is compelling.

Onward to victory in 2014, and Vote Cardon!”

Rep. Montenegro Unveils County Chairmen for Exploratory Committee


PHOENIX – State Representative Steve Montenegro (LD13) today unveiled a list of supporters who have endorsed him and agreed to serve as County Chairmen for his Exploratory Committee.

“It is fantastic to have the support of these great people all over the state.  They will be a real help as they each have a great network of Republicans that can help us to spread our message and reach our entire party.” said Montenegro.

Montenegro’s initial list of county chairmen includes:

Apache County – Hon. Barry Weller

Cochise County – Hon. David Gowan, Hon. David Stevens

Coconino County – Drake Mitchell, Hon. Bob Thorpe

Gila County – Don Ascoli, Pamela Burruel

Graham County – Don Carter

Greenlee County – Hon. Robert Corbell

La Paz County – Hon. George Nault

Maricopa County – Len Munsil, Ed Robson

Mohave County – Hon. Sonny Borelli, Hon. Ron Gould, Hon. Kelli Ward

Navajo County – Hon. Sylvia Allen

Pima County – Hon. Ray Carroll

Pinal County – Hon. John Fillmore, Marty Hermanson, Stephen Kohut

Santa Cruz County – Dave Bareiss

Yavapai County – Patti Lewis, Dick & Rose Sperry

Yuma County – Hon. Russ Clark

“I know that we will build larger county organizations as we continue to expand our effort, but we are certainly off to a great start!” said Montenegro.

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State Representative Steve Montenegro Introduces Exploratory Committee Team


PHOENIX – State Representative Steve Montenegro (LD13), today introduced the team of consultants that will be helping him to evaluate the Secretary of State race.

“Part of this process is working with professionals who can analyze the race and determine what a path to victory will look like.  So I am extremely excited to have such an outstanding group of individuals agreeing to work on this effort.” said Montenegro.

Montenegro’s team includes:

Polling/ResearchChris Wilson, Wilson Perkins Allen Research – WPA is one of the nation’s leading opinion research firms and the firm’s principals have represented more than 100 former and current members of Congress.  Notable WPA clients include U.S. Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee; Congressmen Allen West, Joe Heck, Raul Labrador, and Congresswoman Ann Wagner; and Governors Mike Pence and Sam Brownback.

Internet/Social MediaVincent Harris, Harris Media, LLC – Harris first garnered national attention for his work on behalf of Mike Huckabee’s presidential campaign, but his subsequent work for the presidential campaigns of Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich, along with his work for Ted Cruz’ successful U.S. Senate campaign turned him into a national star.  He was recently named the youngest “Rising Star” in politics by Campaigns & Elections Magazine.  He helped Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell raise $1.4 Million online, worked for Texas Senator John Cornyn, and was instrumental in the election of Florida Governor Rick Scott.

Media ConsultantFred Davis, Strategic Perception, Inc. – Davis is one of the GOP’s leading ad men and his client roster is a who’s who of GOP heavyweights, including U.S. Senators John Cornyn, James Inhofe, and Bob Corker; Congressmen Bob Barr and Steve King; and Governors Sonny Perdue, Rick Snyder and Ernie Fletcher.  Davis was media strategist for both of the most recent presidential and U.S. Senate races for Arizona’s John McCain and was the creative director of the 2008 Republican National Convention.  Davis’ deep Arizona roots extend even further as he also designed ads for Jeff Flake and Ben Quayle.  In 2010, his firm’s ads won five of Time Magazine’s Best Viral Campaign Ads of 2010 and half of Human Events’ Best Campaign Ads of 2010, and he has won countless Telly and Pollie awards for his work. Among his better-known ads is McCain’s ad describing Barack Obama as “the biggest celebrity in the world”, an ad that generated more than 1,000,000 online views in just 24 hours.

General Consultant, Direct MailConstantin Querard, Discessio, LLC – One of Campaigns & Elections Magazine’s 2012 Influencers, Querard has run and won dozens of races throughout Arizona.  After the 2010 elections, nearly half of all Republicans in the Arizona Legislature were clients of the firm, a level of success without precedent in Arizona history.

“I look forward to a productive exploratory phase and, if we determine that the support we need to win is there, a spirited election contest all across this great state.  I can’t wait to see what this team can do!” said Montenegro.

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A Reason for Conservatives to Cheer?

According to the Arizona Capitol Times’ Yellow Sheet, a group of nearly 20 conservative leaders from across Arizona have written a letter to State Representative Steve Montenegro urging him to explore a campaign for Secretary of State.  While liberal State Senator Michele Reagan has long coveted the job, there has not been a conservative candidate mentioned, related to the SOS race, that has elicited any real excitement among the grassroots of the AZGOP.  If Montenegro were to run, that would all change very quickly.  Montenegro is in his third term and has been a real fighter for conservative issues.  His scores from taxpayer groups, pro-family groups, libertarian-leaning groups like the Goldwater Institute, and conservative groups are always among the very best, and he has been a leader on issues like border security, fiscal restraint, the defense of human life, our 2nd Amendment rights, and more.  With so much of the national Republican Party looking for credible Hispanic candidates, a candidate like Montenegro might not only be attractive to Arizona conservatives, but Republican party stalwarts across the country.  We will try to get a list of the signers and will update this post as soon as we get them.  In the meantime, check out this clip of a younger Steve Montenegro (starts at 1:40) speaking at the first Arizona Tea Party back in 2009, and consider that this is him as a rookie, after just a few months in office!