To All Our Friends & Supporters in Arizona

Jean & I have received quite a number of inquiries through emails, Face book , phone calls and personal conversations asking us to run in the 2016 race against Senator McCain, and now this posting of a 2012 Campaign Sign compels a response to all. The reasoning from most is we understand what it takes for a statewide race, and have a grasp of the issues with solutions, in addition to statewide name recognition and history of not caving into pressure from the Left side of the GOP.
Jean & I realize this in and of itself is a great honor to be thought of so highly by so many of our fellow Arizonans. We greatly appreciate the trust and confidence Our Friends and Supporters have shown in just asking the question.
Jean & I are discussing and praying about this, we believe Senator McCain needs to be replaced and we’d enjoy doing it, we have the time needed to mount such a challenge, however also realize many GOP power brokers don’t want us in this race as they prefer the Evil they know, vs. Truth they don’t want.
Those who’ve encouraged us know it will take a great deal of time and money to defeat Senator McCain, as he has been proven over the last 30yrs., and with those he’s supported as well.
We’ll be accepting all and any comments and suggestions. I’ve also been told some plan to line up the financial support needed for such an endeavor, we want to thank them for their effort and hope others will join them, as that’s what it will take to succeed in this endeavor.
We hope all of you will keep us in your thoughts and prayers as well, we won’t keep you waiting, the final key to making the decision is the ability to raise the Funds as without Funds no one will defeat Senator McCain’s AZ Political Machine.
God Bless You All;
Clair & Jean
Clair Van Steenwyk for a Constitutional American Government​

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Comment by Clair VAN Steenwyk on June 4, 2015 at 5:51pm

I want to thank all of your for your comments and hope as time moves forward we all learn more about one another.  I also promise to keep this on the issues and voting records of those in office, as well as the support given on issues or candidates by all who are running, as I've found this to be crucial when examining or vetting those asking for your votes.  God Bless You All; Van 

Comment by Jack Wilborn on June 4, 2015 at 4:33pm

Van, you have my vote, and maybe my wifes also.  Think positive we are on your side.


Comment by Itasca Small on June 4, 2015 at 9:54am

Great News, Van & Jean!!!

I'm thankful that the Lord has used our Prayers, your Exploration, and the Voices of We the People, to lead you to the Starting Gate of one of the most crucial races of the Nation-defining 2016 Election Cycle.

Now, I pray We, the People, will join you at the gate to run alongside you in action and in deeds. And, I pray God will provide the needed monies through us! May our support give lift and speed to your stride and carry you over the Finish Line TRIUMPHANT!!! — For our Great State of Arizona and our Greatest Nation on Earth; in accordance with the Perfect Will of Almighty God! Amen. God Bless You Both, and God Bless the United States of America!

Comment by Clair VAN Steenwyk on June 4, 2015 at 9:00am

Response To Our Friends / Supporters on Exploring a Run
For the US Senate Race Against Senator John McCain in 2016

Jean & I have decided to invest the time and some funds in the US Senate race in the 2016 Election cycle, in part to the 100’s of positive responses we’ve received from our initial question to our fellow AZ Citizens. As we informed all of you recently that we received quite a number of inquiries to run in the 2016 race against Senator McCain. With your response to our Exploring a run to see how much support is out there it left us with only one reasonable response which we’ve now made, once again thanks to all of you for your trust in us. .

Jean & I discussed and prayed about this and know Senator McCain needs to be replaced and we would enjoy being the ones to do it. We’ll be putting our fate in those who’ve given us their trust and encouraged us; keep in mind that it will take an investment of time and money to defeat Senator McCain as he’s proven with his races and those he’s supported. Having said this we treasure the trust given by all and pray for your investment in our challenge.

We’re trusting in those who’ve encouraged us to run this race to join us in the work. The Investment needed to defeat Senator McCain will be substantial, and we’re depending on you to follow up the encouragement by donating to the Campaign either on our Campaign Face Book page or website or direct mail to; Van US Senate , 13726 West Gable Hill Dr. Sun City West, AZ 85375. We’ll also be in need of Volunteers to contact us, as we all know the importance of the Nomination Petition Signatures needed to get on the Primary Ballot. We’ll need approximately 8,000 signatures at 10 to a page, 800 petitions signed. Just suppose 800 Volunteers getting 10 signatures each including your own, so please go to / copy one or more front and back, get them filled out, then mail back to; 13726 W. Gable Hill Drive, Sun City West, AZ 85375… ASAP.

Asking for monies from anyone in our private life has never happened and doing it even now isn’t something we do easily, however this is a battle for all of us and we hope you’ll understand the task at hand and invest in us as we’re investing in all of you.

I’ll be speaking at meetings statewide LDs, GOP, Liberty, Constitutional, AZRA, Conservative and other Groups, and of course personal residences as well, please contact us using the site or email, or call 623-322-9979.

We know this will take the efforts of all of us to be Victorious, therefore with the help of those who’ve given us their support and trust in response to the initial question we believe we’ll be able to bring this to a Successful Conclusion in August and then November of 2016.

I will be Faithful to the Oath and my Word to serve you in the US Senate. It’s Time to Stop Digging the Hole Deeper and Begin Filling It In on Those Who’ve Dug It.

We’re All In, and Hope You Are as Well the Campaign Begins Today
God Bless You All;
Clair & Jean Van Steenwyk
US Senate Candidate

Comment by Itasca Small on May 29, 2015 at 2:26pm

Van and Jean, I just saw your letter to AFA members, and hope I am not too late to add a few thoughts for your consideration (and that of AFA members) as you contemplate the critical decision to again seek to represent our Great State of Arizona in the U.S. Senate.  I had never heard your name, Van, before the 2012, Republican Primary Campaign . . . when I heard you on a radio show, I knew immediately that I would vote for you!  I was disappointed—but not surprised—that chameleon Jeff Flake won the nomination and election. Now, three years later, I not only know your name, I also have been privileged to come to know you both, and to believe strongly that Arizona and the several States of our Union, would be quite well-served by you in the U.S. Senate!  And to know, if you decide to jump-in, you will enjoy every moment and every challenge of it, because you, Van, are one of those rare individuals who thrives on challenge from any source!  And, you, Jean, are one of those rare individuals who truly thrives on seeing your husband doing the right thing and loving every moment of the journey!

Until Republicans, and Constitutional Conservatives of any party-affiliation or non-affiliation, realize that "business-as-usual" is best-served by those who FAIL to "think-outside-the-box," we will never brake America's precipitous slide down the Slippery Slope from Liberty to Tyranny!  As long as we continue to try to defeat the forces of evil by fighting our battles on the enemy's terms, we will lose!  We, as the American Electorate, must come to REALLY understand that the Truth is written in the hearts of ALL men, and that when the majority of Americans hear a candidate speak Truth clearly, with confident courage, and "fire-in-his-belly" for the cause of our Liberty under God, THEY SIT-UP-AND-TAKE-NOTICE!

Whenever enough Americans have been awakened to the evils running rampant in the tyrannical, Collectivist/Progressive agenda, we are ready to we hear a candidate speak Truth; a candidate who has confidence in the Author of Truth:  Almighty God, as did President Ronald Reagan . . . and the Truth that is written in our hearts responds!  There is a universal reason President Reagan was elected twice by historical landslides. . . .

We meet such candidates far too infrequently.  But, perhaps that is because it truly does take an exceptional American, imbued with the Fires of God's Liberty burning so brightly in his heart, mind and soul, that it illuminates his outlook on every aspect of Life!  And, further, it takes that man trusting God to unlock and strip him of the shackles of human fear, and step-out from amidst We the People to stir the Fires in every American Heart!  Sadly, they are too scarce among us!

Those shackles of fear are physically invisible upon the extremities of most of our candidates for public office and the electorate-at-large, but they are evident to the discerning in the character and demeanor of those enslaved by it.  And, in pleas such as those voiced by Baron Benham and Pat J, in previous replies to this Post.

When I hear the philosophical and theological principles of America's Biblical Foundation underlying intelligent and knowledgeable commentary and speeches delivered with the authority that accompanies Truth — even if, at times, being my own person, I don't always agree on EVERY point :-) — I know that the author is a man I can trust to SEEK Truth and Liberty on EVERY point, and to STAND UPON RIGHTEOUS PRINCIPLES!  My job is to pray for God to bless and guide him, and if moved to offer counsel, to do so whatever the reception.  (And, I have been moved to seek office myself at times.)

When we, the Electorate, hear and recognize the exceptional candidate, we would do well to encourage and support him.  We would also do well to remember that the oscillating political winds of this Earth are mere gentle breezes compared to the whirlwinds God commands in accomplishing His will, and that the human fear that keeps us from throwing all caution to His prevailing winds is meaningless in the End. . . .

Van and Jean, I hope it is God's will that you should decide to once-again leap into the fray to this time be caught by, and ride, His whirlwind AND WIN in challenging the evil John McCain too often abets!!!  You have my whole-hearted support as we all seek to Stop the Evil and Keep the Republic!  God Bless You Both!  And, God Bless the Great State of Arizona and the United States of America!

Comment by Clair VAN Steenwyk on May 28, 2015 at 9:02am

To All Who've taken the time to give Jean & I their input, we're still going through all of it and appreciate the advice given us by all.  We'll be making a final decision in the next few days and hope all will understand and support the decision we come to. Once again thank you all for your input in this matter.  God Bless You All; Van & Jean 

Comment by Jack Wilborn on May 28, 2015 at 8:47am

Van, I understand both of the sides of the story.  Like the number of GOP's running for the Presidents office...  I would hope you would make your own decision, whatever that may be.  Many will tell you what is good for this or that, but if you become an Senator, I want you to make smart well thought out decisions.  This would be just one.  I am for what ever direction you wish to take. 


Comment by John5319 on May 27, 2015 at 10:23am

"When you step out to do something big for God, the enemy will send challenges and distractions to knock you off course. He may try to send you running, but you have a promise that God is working behind the scenes for you.  You'll be amazed at what God will do in your life when you stand and face your challenges and hold on to the promises found in his Word. Take that stand and raise the shield of Faith, which extinguishes all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take your stand and stay the course the Lord as set out for you in your acts of service and giving to others." - Joel Osteen.

Comment by Pat J on May 26, 2015 at 4:15pm

OMG here we go again.  My friends LOVE me and think I'm much smarter and certainly more conservative than McCain.  They've urged me to run for some office.  I say NO.  You should say NO for the same reason.  I'm glad you came here for comments and I agree with Benham before me.  Here's what we really need to do: let's ALL call and write to Matt Salmon and beg him to run against McCain.  Pledge your time, talent, treasure to help.  HE is the ONLY possible chance we have.  BTW, you ran against McCain or someone before, didn't you?  Instead, please please put your ego away and beg Salmon to run.  THAT would be the statesman thing to do.

Comment by Baron Benham on May 26, 2015 at 2:01pm

Please don't! We already have a conservative (I don't want to name him) in this race against McCain and he has little chance of mustering the money and name recognition needed. Two of you would just dilute an already very long shot. Hopefully a big name conservative will announce and we can all get behind that person. If so the conservative already in the race says he will drop out and back that candidate. The point is we all need to pull together to win. I will be most upset if a big name conservative enters this race and the conservative already in the race breaks his promise to drop out and support the bigger name conservative. We all need to encourage a bigger name conservative to enter this race. Matt Salmon's name has been floated for example. Let's see what happens going forward but please do not enter this race and cut the conservative pie even thinner.


Baron Benham 


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