Conservative Slate for MCRC Members-at-Large Election Formed

For Immediate Release

Phoenix, Arizona – January 4, 2010 – The Maricopa County Republican Committee (MCRC) will elect five new Members-at-Large at its Mandatory Meeting on January 16, 2010.  Sandy Doty, Dan Grimm, Walt Opaska, Dan Schultz, and Joe Hobbs have joined together to form the Conservative Slate for Members-at-Large election.  Dan Schultz and Joe Hobbs are running for Members-at-Large for the first time, joining with incumbents Sandy Doty, Dan Grimm, and Walt Opaska. 

Sandy has been a part of the Executive Governing Committee for the past 3-1/2 years.  Even before she became a PC, she worked tirelessly to get candidates elected in 2000.  She then was elected Chairperson of the Sun Lakes Republican Club and also served as Secretary of LD 21 for 4 years.  She has been leading the county efforts at voter registration for the past year.  She received the Lincoln Award in 2006.  Give her a job and you can count on her completing it in a timely fashion.  Her personal maxim is:  “to see our party members unified in strongly supporting candidates who exemplify our party principles:  smaller government, lower taxes, the rule of law, right to life, school choice, and national security.”

Dan Grimm is currently a precinct committeeman, a State Party Committeeman, and 2nd Vice Chair for LD19, and a Member-at-Large on the Maricopa County EGC. Dan began his Republican activism in College (Penn State) in 1980 on the Students for Bush Campaign.  Inspired by 9-11, Dan became active again in politics and was a founding member and past Chairman of the Valley Conservative League (VoCaL), and he currently blogs at  Dan campaigned for Republican candidates in the 2004, 2006, and 2008 elections, and engaged in grass roots activities collecting signatures for Prop. 200 and the Arizona Tax Revolt. Dan works with the Arizona Federation of Taxpayers (Arizona Chapter of Americans for Prosperity), traveling to Washington, D.C. for the past three years for advanced training in grassroots organization using New Media.  As a Member-at-Large, Dan has worked in planning the 2009 and 2010 County Annual Meetings and the 2009 and 2010 Lincoln Day Luncheons. In Dan’s words, “Our Party is at a crossroads.  We can either return to our conservative roots, embrace the Tea Party Movement, and restore the Republican Brand as defenders of our Founding Fathers’ view of the Constitution, or acquiesce to becoming ‘Democrat-lite’ and go the way of the Whigs.  Count me among those working from within the Republican Party to promote Liberty!”

Walt Opaska, a PC since 2001 and currently a PC in District 4, is a leader in the conservative movement in Arizona. In addition to serving as a member-at-large, Walt is chair of the Arizona Right to Life PAC and co-founded the Arizona Republican Attorney Association, a group which has grown to over 125 active attorney members in less than a year. He has also helped to organize Arizona Republican ballot security and voter security measures in 2006 and 2008 and served as Navajo County Vote Security Chairman these years. In 2007, Walt chaired the “No New Sales Tax for Glendale” Campaign, a grassroots effort to oppose Glendale’s ballot initiative to raise the City’s sales tax. Before moving to Arizona, Walt worked in President Bush’s Austin campaign headquarters in 2000 in the campaign’s press office. Walt is an intellectual property attorney, with one of the thirty largest law firms in the world.  He believes that the Republican Party has lost the last couple of elections because we stopped standing for strong fiscal and social conservative values; the Republican Party needs to get back to these traditional conservative values.  

Dan Schultz, a veteran, a Precinct Committeeman in District 17, and a graduate of West Point, has actively campaigned for conservative Republican Party candidates in CA and AZ.  He has served as an official Republican poll watcher and co-founded the Lawyer’s Second Amendment Society (LSAS) to fight for repeal of the unconstitutional assault weapons ban and to educate attorneys about their duty to fight for the rights guaranteed by the Bill of Rights.  The LSAS filed briefs and petitioned the Supreme Court in support of the right to keep and bear arms.  Dan has recovered well in excess of $135 million for insurance policyholders working as a trial attorney.  Dan is an unabashed conservative, believing in the strong Reagan principles – especially when Reagan suggested raising a banner of bold colors—no pale pastels. Dan believes the heart and soul of the Republican Party reside within the grassroots precinct committeemen and has given much time and talent towards recruiting conservative PCs.

Joe Hobbs is a Precinct Committeeman in District 12.  In 2008, he ran a statewide campaign as a conservative candidate for the Arizona Corporation Commission, garnering 90,000 votes in an 8-way, statewide primary. Joe believes we need more conservative candidates who will champion a smaller, limited Federal bureaucracy, greater State sovereignty, and less dependence on foreign oil. Joe stands behind candidates who oppose the proposed take-over of our healthcare, and oppose the implementation of Cap and Tax predicated upon the hoax of man-made Global Warming.  Joe extends his hand to fellow Republicans, “We need a new conservative revolt, with Reagan Principles as our standard – and protection of our Constitution and our Bill of Rights as our objectives. Join us.”

The Member-at-Large candidates on the Conservative Slate exemplify the can-do spirit of the Republican Party that attracts fellow conservatives to the cause.  They are always ready to take on a new task, to serve in a necessary role, to represent the principles and values of the Republican Party.  In the words of former Senator Fred Thompson (TN):  “The ‘Big Tent’ analogy isn’t the correct one…the correct one is a magnet…we need to be a magnet that draws these independents in who are sick and tired of what’s going on in Washington.”

Conservative Slate’s Five Statements of Principle:

1)   We believe in the conservative principles embodied within the Republican Party Platform.

2)   We believe all levels of government can balance their budgets without raising taxes.  Our current fiscal problems are the result of too much spending, not too little taxing.

3)   We believe all levels of public education must reestablish teaching the doctrine of American Exceptionalism.  America is a shining city on a hill, and we aim to keep it that way!

4)   We believe in and support the mission of our armed forces to keep America safe by proactively attacking terrorism at its roots, rather than waiting for terrorists to attack America again.

5)   We believe in returning to an originalist interpretation of our Constitution, including reaffirming States’ 10th Amendment rights in defense against all Federal mandates.


  1. I got to see these guys voted in on Saturday, wishing I had known about this web page before the election

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