Hope for GOP in LD10?

Kimberly YeeWith it no longer looking like a question of “if” Rep. Doug Quelland will be booted from office for violating the Clean Elections laws, but rather “when”, GOP leaders in LD10 and Maricopa County have been trying to figure out how to keep this very swing seat in GOP hands.  Quelland lost the seat to perennial Democrat candidate Jackie Thrasher in 2006, but he avenged that narrow defeat by a similarly narrow margin in 2008.  Once it became obvious that Quelland was going to be kicked out of office for myriad violations, Thrasher declared herself a candidate for yet another rematch, although this time she would be an overwhelming favorite to beat the terminally damaged Quelland.

But good news may be on the horizon, as several party insiders are telling us that former district chairman Kimberly Yee is seriously considering the race and may commit to it in the next few weeks.  Yee would give the GOP a quality candidate with a strong background in education and budget issues, two critical issues as we head into the 2010 elections.

According to one bio of Yee, “She serves as Director of Communications and Government Affairs for Arizona Treasurer Dean Martin and is the former Deputy Cabinet Secretary for California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. She served in the gubernatorial administration of former California Governor Pete Wilson after graduating from Pepperdine University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and a Bachelor’s Degree in English. Kimberly received her Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Arizona State University.”


  1. East Valley PC says

    Kimberly Yee is a class act. I hope she runs.

  2. I hope Northwest Phoenix is well stocked with shoe leather because Kimberly Yee will attract a lot of hard working volunteers.

  3. Hugh R. Slayden says

    Ms. Yee made the best of her time in California and built a stellar reputation as a policy expert and trustworthy adviser. The people of Arizona ought to beg her to run and take full advantage of her talents.

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