Clark Silver to Appear on LD-12 Senate Ballot

For Immediate Release: Sunday, April 25, 2010

(LITCHFIELD PARK, AZ) – Small-government conservative Republican Arizona State Senate challenger in Legislative District 12 Clark Silver has submitted the requisite number of nominating signatures and $5 forms to be on the August 24 primary ballot and receive public funding.  While Clark has submitted more than enough signatures to qualify for a position on the August 24th Republican Primary ballot, he will continue to visit with voters and collect additional signatures prior to the May 26th deadline.

Silver entered the race to give legislative district 12 voters a true small-government conservative choice in the Republican primary. His incumbent opponent has a more moderate voting record and has been weak on border security and illegal immigration. Clark Silver desires to give the constituents of LD-12 a reliable voice in the Senate whereas the incumbent’s most recent performance reflected missing 20% of the votes in 2009.

The incumbent has also voted to over-regulate business throughout his tenure in the House and Senate.  Clark Silver believes that placing burdensome regulations on the economy, especially in the middle of a downturn, is a recipe for a slow recovery.  He also supports reducing the business personal property tax to attract more businesses to Arizona to provide more jobs to the state’s suffering jobless.

Clark Silver is a realtor and a small businessman with an understanding of the burdens government places on businesses. He has served on a charter school board and is also running for the Agua Fria High School Board. Clark and his wife, Julie, have been married 16 years and have one daughter.

To read more about Clark’s views on issues go to


  1. No guts, no glory says

    Clark is the real thing. I’ve spoken with him and he is a true Arizonan, true to his conservtive roots. A real breath of fresh air in district politics.

  2. Small government running on public funds. Hmmmm.

  3. Small government conservative running on public funds. Hmmm….?

  4. Antifederalist says

    I’ll grant that many small-government conservatives should bristle at the use of public funding for campaigns, but irony of irony, in a state with a Republican registration advantage, conservatives have used the scheme to get themselves elected. It’s enough of a phenomena that Goldwater commented on it.

    Gotta love dumb California liberals: as if their own economy isn’t borked enough, they need to export their nutty schemes to Arizona. There ought to be a law against it. They hope to get a bunch of liberals elected with “Clean” Elections (which is anything but!) and lo and behold, but conservatives get themselves elected instead! Think it has anything to do with that aforementioned registration advantage. Nah! Couldn’t be!

    While you might criticize the use of public funding for elections, Nelson’s absentee voting record and awful grades from Goldwater for voting to over-regulate the economy is FAR worse. Take a look at his grades from Pachyderm Coalition and Americans for Prosperity. AT BEST the man is a middle-of-the-road Republican. He’s certainly not the conservative choice.

    On the other end of the spectrum, you have a Somos Republicans, pro-open borders, lay-worshiper who styles herself as a “Reverend” who is re-registering Hispanic Democrats as Republicans in an attempt to take over the district.

    LD12 has some pretty clear choices.

  5. I have no idea who Clark Smith is. But I don’t know how to do worse than Linda Gray.

  6. Marcus Kelley says

    the incumbent ld 12 sen. is nelson. the house members are jerry weiers and montenegro. not sure what linda gray has to do with ld12 unless you’re using this post as a segue to attack her.

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