Senate Judiciary Committee Passes Legislation Restoring Integrity to Initiative Process

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Representative Vince Leach (R-11) today applauded the Senate Judiciary Committee for passing legislation (HB 2404) that he’s introduced to restore integrity to Arizona’s initiative process.

HB 2404 would prohibit the payment of petition circulators per signature and modify the number of days from five calendar days to ten business days within which a challenge to the registration of circulators can occur.

“By removing the incentive for fraud, HB 2404 keeps the initiative process intact as a legislative tool for Arizonans yet restores some badly needed integrity to the system,” said Representative Leach.  “I thank my colleagues on the Senate Judiciary Committee for their support and look forward to consideration of the bill by the full Senate.”

Former Governor Janet Napolitano first advocated for the reform in 2009, using her State of the State address to ask the legislature to “crack down on signature fraud” by prohibiting the payment of petition circulators per signature.

NFIB/Arizona Endorses 43 Legislative Candidates for the General Election

Photographed holding one of NFIB’s signature “Small Business’ Choice” campaign sign-toppers, NFIB/Arizona Leadership Council Chairman Mark Giebelhaus congratulates former lawmaker Sylvia Tenney Allen after she was selected as replacement state senate nominee by Legislative District 6 Republicans at their August 30th special meeting in Flagstaff. The extraordinary selection became necessary when incumbent Sen. Chester Crandell died in an early-August horse-riding accident after primary ballots had already been sent to voters. Mr. Giebelhaus was on hand at the GOP meeting to inform Mrs. Allen that she would receive NFIB/Arizona SAFE Trust’s endorsement. Mrs. Allen served in the Arizona Senate from 2008 to 2013 rising to the position of Senate President Pro Tempore in 2011. While in office, she achieved a perfect 100-percent score on NFIB/Arizona’s Voting Records during her four-and-a-half years in the legislature.

Photographed holding one of NFIB’s signature “Small Business’ Choice” campaign sign-toppers, NFIB/Arizona Leadership Council Chairman Mark Giebelhaus congratulates former lawmaker Sylvia Tenney Allen after she was selected as replacement state senate nominee by Legislative District 6 Republicans at their August 30th special meeting in Flagstaff. The extraordinary selection became necessary when incumbent Sen. Chester Crandell died in an early-August horse-riding accident after primary ballots had already been sent to voters. Mr. Giebelhaus was on hand at the GOP meeting to inform Mrs. Allen that she would receive NFIB/Arizona SAFE Trust’s endorsement. Mrs. Allen served in the Arizona Senate from 2008 to 2013 rising to the position of Senate President Pro Tempore in 2011. While in office, she achieved a perfect 100-percent score on NFIB/Arizona’s Voting Records during her four-and-a-half years in the legislature.

The political action committee of Arizona’s leading small-business association today announced its General Election endorsements of 43 candidates for the Arizona Senate and Arizona House of Representatives.

“The legislative candidates endorsed by NFIB today are proven friends of free enterprise whom Arizona small-business owners can trust to place their responsibility to taxpayers first over the interests of bigger government and its enablers,” said Farrell Quinlan, Arizona state director for the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB).

These endorsements are formally issued by the NFIB/Arizona Save America’s Free Enterprise (SAFE) Trust, the organization’s political action committee, and represent the culmination of the legislative candidate endorsement process for the small business advocacy group.

In July, NFIB endorsed 42 candidates in the primary phase with all but two advancing to the General Election—Rep. Carl Seel lost his primary and Sen. Chester Crandell passed away in August. The three new NFIB endorsements for the General Election are former state senator Sylvia Tenney Allen who was selected by her party to replace Sen. Crandell in the Legislative District 6 Senate contest and House candidates Noel Campbell in Legislative District 1 and Anthony Kern in Legislative District 20. NFIB is expected to announce soon small business’ choice for governor and attorney general.

NFIB/Arizona Legislative Endorsements in the 2014 General Election:

  • LD05 Senate: Kelli Ward
  • LD06 Senate: Sylvia Tenney Allen
  • LD10 Senate: Mark Morrison
  • LD11 Senate: Steve Smith
  • LD12 Senate: Andy Biggs
  • LD13 Senate: Don Shooter
  • LD14 Senate: Gail Griffin
  • LD15 Senate: Nancy Barto
  • LD16 Senate: David Farnsworth
  • LD17 Senate: Steve Yarbrough
  • LD20 Senate: Kimberly Yee
  • LD21 Senate: Debbie Lesko
  • LD22 Senate: Judy Burges
  • LD23 Senate: John Kavanagh
  • LD01 House: Noel Campbell
  • LD01 House: Karen Fann
  • LD05 House: Sonny Borrelli
  • LD06 House: Brenda Barton
  • LD06 House: Bob Thorpe
  • LD10 House: Todd Clodfelter
  • LD10 House: William Wildish
  • LD11 House: Mark Finchem
  • LD11 House: Vince Leach
  • LD12 House: Eddie Farnsworth
  • LD12 House: Warren Petersen
  • LD13 House: Darin Mitchell
  • LD13 House: Steve Montenegro
  • LD14 House: David Gowan
  • LD14 House: David Stevens
  • LD15 House: John Allen
  • LD16 House: Kelly Townsend
  • LD17 House: J.D. Mesnard
  • LD17 House: Jeff Weninger
  • LD18 House: Jill Norgaard
  • LD20 House: Paul Boyer
  • LD20 House: Anthony Kern
  • LD21 House: Rick Gray
  • LD22 House: David Livingston
  • LD22 House: Phil Lovas
  • LD23 House: Michelle Ugenti
  • LD25 House: Rusty Bowers
  • LD25 House: Justin Olson
  • LD28 House: Shawnna Bolick

For more than 70 years, the National Federation of Independent Business has been the Voice of Small Business, taking the message from Main Street to the halls of Congress and all 50 state legislatures. NFIB annually surveys its members on state and federal issues vital to their survival as America’s economic engine and biggest creator of jobs. NFIB’s educational mission is to remind policymakers that small businesses are not smaller versions of bigger businesses; they have very different challenges and priorities.

NFIB Endorses 42 Legislative Candidates

Nine Newcomers Join 33 Incumbents as Small Business’ Choice

The political action committee of Arizona’s leading small-business association today announced its endorsements of 42 candidates for the Arizona Senate and Arizona House of Representatives.

NFIB/Arizona Leadership Council Chair Mark Giebelhaus and NFIB/Arizona State Director Farrell Quinlan flank LD18 House hopeful Jill Norgaard at the small business group’s Small Business Forum this week.

NFIB/Arizona Leadership Council Chair Mark Giebelhaus and NFIB/Arizona State Director Farrell Quinlan flank LD18 House hopeful Jill Norgaard at the small business group’s Small Business Forum this week.

“The legislative candidates endorsed by NFIB today are proven friends of free enterprise whom Arizona small-business owners can trust to place their responsibility to taxpayers first over the interests of bigger government and its enablers,” said Farrell Quinlan, Arizona state director for the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB).

NFIB/Arizona Leadership Council member Jeff Fleetham and LD28 House hopeful Shawnna Shawnna Bolick at the small business group’s Small Business Forum this week.

NFIB/Arizona Leadership Council member Jeff Fleetham and LD28 House hopeful Shawnna Shawnna Bolick at the small business group’s Small Business Forum this week.

The principal standard used to evaluate incumbents was their voting records on 12 bills supported or opposed by the National Federation of Independent Business during the 2013-2014 legislative sessions. Endorsements for non-incumbent candidates were largely based on the quality of their answers on a questionnaire. These endorsements are formally issued by the NFIB/Arizona Save America’s Free Enterprise (SAFE) Trust, the organization’s political action committee, and represent the culmination of the pre-primary phase of the candidate evaluation process. There may be further endorsements in select legislative and statewide races after the August 26th primary elections.

NFIB/Arizona Endorsements in 2014 Legislative Primary Contests

For more than 70 years, the National Federation of Independent Business has been the Voice of Small Business, taking the message from Main Street to the halls of Congress and all 50 state legislatures. NFIB annually surveys its members on state and federal issues vital to their survival as America’s economic engine and biggest creator of jobs. NFIB’s educational mission is to remind policymakers that small businesses are not smaller versions of bigger businesses; they have very different challenges and priorities.

VINCE LEACH FILES SIGNATURES FOR LD11 HOUSE RACE

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Looks forward to an energized Primary Campaign

Conservative Republican candidate Vince Leach filed 872 signatures with the Secretary of State’s office to qualify for the 2014 primary election. He joins teammate Mark Finchem as the only two candidates who have successfully completed this task to date.

Leach’s signature total is the largest filed so far and he credits the length and focus of his campaign.

“Collecting signatures is something that I have been doing as a regular part of my door to door campaigning.” said Leach, “I know that running for office is hard work and I’ve happily embraced getting out into the neighborhoods on a regular basis and talking with the voters. They have been great in return.”

Leach is part of LD11’s Conservative Team for State Legislature that includes State Representative Steve Smith and former law enforcement officer and small businessman Mark Finchem.

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Former State Rep Terri Proud endorses LD11 Team

Smith, Leach and Finchem endorsed by former State Representative Terri Proud

~ Proud will pass on 2014 race, backs conservative team ~

Former State Representative Terri Proud will not seek a State House seat in 2014 and is instead endorsing the conservative team of Steve Smith for State Senate, and Vince Leach and Mark Finchem for State House.

Proud was an award-winning conservative lawmaker who left office after building a strong conservative record on fiscal, social and constitutional issues.

Proud said her endorsement was based largely on the conservative team’s commitment to protecting Arizona taxpayers and getting government out of the way of Arizona businesses and families.

“I was honored to serve with Representative Proud,” said Steve Smith, “so her endorsement means a great deal to me.”

Leach and Finchem were also appreciative of Proud’s support, with Leach calling it “an awesome gift from an awesome lady” and Finchem referring to
it as “a conservative seal of approval.”

Smith, Leach and Finchem form Conservative Team in LD 11

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Smith, Leach and Finchem

form Conservative Team in LD11

~ Goal is to keep all three seats in conservative hands ~

As expected, a conservative team has come together in LD11. The team consists of State Representative Steve Smith, conservative activist Vince Leach, and former fire/police officer Mark Finchem. Smith, a former State Senator himself, is a candidate for the State Senate that Al Melvin is expected to vacate in order to run for Governor. Leach and Finchem are candidates for the two State House seats.

In 2010, Smith shocked the political world by beating longtime incumbent State Senator Rebecca Rios. In 2012, after the Democrats gerrymandered the districts to force him and fellow State Senator Al Melvin into the same district, Smith switched to the State House in order to preserve party unity and to ensure that conservatives would occupy all three legislative seats. His voting record remains one of the most conservative of any Republican and he continues to look after the best interests of Arizona taxpayers.

Leach is a SaddleBrooke resident and citizen activist who has been involved in GOP and Tea Party groups for years. Leach has also been active at the State Capitol, advocating for conservative bills. His existing relationships with legislators will give him a real advantage over other freshmen legislators, and it has already earned him the endorsement of Senator Al Melvin and former legislators Jonathan Paton and John Fillmore.

Finchem spent 21 years in public safety, first as a firefighter paramedic, later as a police officer. He eventually joined the private sector where he climbed the ranks into management of a large software company. Later, Mark made another career move into the real estate market. Finchem lives in Oro Valley and he and his wife are actively involved with a number of Christian faith organizations including Young Life and Family Life Radio.

The team will continue to build on its geographic and financial strength to prevail in both the primary and general elections.

 

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Vince Leach Announces for Arizona State House in 2014

SaddleBrooke Resident and Conservative Activist Vince Leach Announces Run for State House in 2014

Vince LeachPINAL COUNTY ­ Longtime conservative activist Vince Leach today announced his intention to run for the State House in Legislative District 11. The district is currently represented by both Steve Smith and Adam Kwasman in the House, but Smith is expected to run for the State Senate seat that is expected to be vacated by current State Senator Al Melvin, who announced yesterday that he was forming an Exploratory Committee to explore a campaign for Governor of Arizona.

In his announcement, Leach said “Our district has a great delegation made up of three rock-solid conservatives. I’m excited to hear that Al is considering running for Governor and that Steve would then run for the State Senate seat. But those moves will leave a vacancy in the State House and I am running to be sure that we continue to have reliably conservative representation.”

Leach recognized that he was off to an early start but noted the likely expense of the race and the need to organize quickly. “I assume that we will have a competitive primary and that those who favor a larger government and higher taxes will likely field a candidate. With my expectation that we are going to need at least $60-70,000 for a competitive primary, I need to get going right away to raise the necessary funds and to build the required organization.”

Leach also announced that he was endorsed by both Melvin and Smith. Melvin said that Leach “has been a constant and effective presence here at the Capitol on behalf of our community and taxpayers all across the state, and his knowledge of how things work at the Capitol will be a real boon to him and the district.” Smith said that he looked forward to working with Leach because “having conservatives makes the work here a lot easier, and I know that Vince is a reliable conservative who will fight for taxpayers, our Constitution, and Arizona.”

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