In every election year, some races attract newbies who no one knows.  There are always those with stars in their eyes who don't have a credible concept of what it takes to run a campaign in a contentious industry - politics.  That happened in one city council race where such a person filed to run but quickly found politics can be mean and dirty.  That candidate dropped out very quickly.  The political landscape is littered across America with such wannabes.

This year in Arizona - and many other states - we are seeing a multitude of names of those who have not previously been at all visible in the Republican party.  It's odd to see this is happening on the Repubican side much more than on the Democrat side although, there is an unusual number of Democrat challengers this year, too.

Let's look at some races in Arizona.

One of the most prominent is the Secretary of State race.  Certainly, Michele Reagan made some mistakes as Secretary of State.  However, as we look at past SoS office holders, it doesn't appear to be any more than previous years.  This is the year of bitter rhetoric coming from the left and the right.  There is no more bitter rhetoric coming from candidates than in this race.  AZSOS contender, Steve Gaynor, is just such a candidate.  His platform is "I'm a businessman and Michele Reagan is the scum of officer holders."  In fact, the Gaynor ads on TV micharacterize the facts.  Much of what he states is incorrect and he knows it because we told him.  The faces of Reagan are made out to be ghoulish and scary, black and white photoshopped to death.  The main question is, who is this guy?  Yes, he runs a successful business but so did Michele Reagan.  He donates to Democrats and establishement Republicans.  He has a "no issues" based platform.  In fact, we have heard him speak a couple of times and can't find an issue based sentence in his speeches.  So, who put him up to running for the second highest office in Arizona with no political experience, never a precinct committeeman like most candidates are before running for office or, at least,  has had some experience if only in local politics.  Not this guy.  He came out of nowhere and when that happens, voter, beware.  Watch the debate tonight between these two on PBS at 5:30 or set your recorder.  It could get explosive!

In the LD23 Senate race, out of nowhere comes two candidates, Timothy Jeffries and Kristina Kelly.  This is very unusual for this district.  Kelly was recruited to run by the teacher's union.  They are looking for someone to push Red4Ed.  Kelly is very charming and engaging.  It's easy to fall under that spell.  She is a one-issue candidate.... more money for Red4Ed.  If the teachers union organizes behind her, and they will, she is likely to be victorious.  Timothy Jeffries has been a long time associate with Doug Ducey and donates to very unsavory candidates, like democrat Catherina Miranda and establishement candidates like democrat John McCain.  He already has a hearty six figure job.  Is it realistic to think he came out of nowhere with a sudden desire to take a $24K job in the legislature?  Real Republicans better coalesce around known and truly proven conservative, Michelle Ugenti-Rita.  Voters, beware.

In LD28, we have Kathy Petsas running for House.  Kathy Petsas, precinct committeemen already known, is the person who is wedded to McCain and was picked to amend the AZGOP Bylaws.  These Bylaws are important to the Republican party because they shape the party statewide.  She, as chairman, refused to communicate with most of the committee, refused to reveal contact info for members of her committee who wanted to discuss the matter, took her orders from McCain and Lines (one and the same) and is so liberal, she should not be in the Republican party.  That is a district difficult to win for Republicans.  Maria Syms is currently the sole Republican House member and Petsas is running to unseat her, not either of the democrats.  Petsas would make a terrible representative when she can't even work with a committee in the Republican party.  Voter, beware.

In other districts, the lone Republican is so bad, it might be better to vote Democrat except we need to keep the Legislature in the hands of the Republicans, as bad as they are.  As we often say, sometimes with tongue firmly planted in cheek, the worst Republican is better than a Democrat.  An example of districts that should be able to field good conservative Republicans but didn't (PCs, get out there and start recruiting for the 2020 elections NOW):

In District 8, Senate: Frank Pratt is barely a Republican.  He is sadly unopposed.  He has a dreadful voting record that looks more like a Democrat.

District 5, Sonny Borelli is alone on the Republican ballot. Sonny is establishment through and through and he's also mean-spirited when he disagrees with you.

District 6, Senate: Sylvia Allen.  We cannot say enough about the reasons this candidate should have an opponent.  She is on the record as serving her extensive family in Snowflake, not the entire district.  She bumped Brenda Barton off the ballot, worried that she could not win against well-liked Barton. She barely squeaked by in 2016 and we wonder if a Democrat will secure this seat.

District 14, Senate: David Gowan has been around way too long even if it was only one term.  Dump him and vote for Lori Kilpatrick.  We know nothing about Kilpatrick, but activist Bruce Piepho informs us that she is excellent.  But.. how much worse can it get than the arrogant Gowan?

District 20, Senate: Incumbent Paul Boyer is among the worst in the Legislature (there are so many of these to pick from) and should NOT be re-elected.  Charlie Loftus is giving him a real challenge and is a good conservative.  We highly recommend Loftus.  He will need help to overcome name ID of Boyer but Boyer has no business representing voters.  Voter, beware.

District 22, Senate:  We remember when David Livingston was a real conservative.  We don't know when he took a left turn or why.  But he has become an establishment owned candidate.  This is the RIGHT time to support Clair Van Steenwyck.  He is conservative, well versed in Constitutional principles and also in State Statute and the proper application thereof.  This should be his year to win an election.

District 25, Senate: Oh yikes!  We can hardly find words for the situation here.  Incumbent and roundly disliked by conservatives, Bob Worsley, pulled a fast one.  He recruited an unknown liberal in know-nothing Tyler Pace.  Worsley's plan was to wait until the deadline to turn in signatures passed and then  withdrew from the race, practically assuring Pace would be a clone in the Senate.  Not so fast.  Enter the uber-smart and conservative, Itasca Small.  She is running as a write-in candidate which, as we know, is an uphill battle.  Nonetheless, it's a hill worth climbing. She would serve the voters extremely well and deserves to win and needs activists to help her.  

District 12, House: David Farnsworth has kept his oath of office and served his constiuents very well.  He's accessible to voters outside of his district.  He has an opponent but there is no reason to ditch him.

District 5, House: There are five candidates running for two seats on the Republican side.  Other than the incumbents, Regina Cobb and Paul Mosely, we don't know who these people are.   None of them think enough of the Republican party to be precinct commieettmen.  Hmmm.  Cobb consistently donates to Congressman Gosar; Mosely donates small amounts to Republican PACs but not to candidates; the others have not donated to anyone, ever.  No investment in the Republican process.

District 6, House: Bob Thorpe, who challenges Frant Pratt and Bob Worsley as being the worst Republicans in the legislature, has two challengers.  Neither has name ID.  Voter, beware.

District 13, House:  Out of nowhere, Joanne Osborne and Timothy Dunn.  Voter, beware. Vet these candidates thoroughly before voting.  Trey Terry is a newcomer to that race and we believe to be conservative along with Daren Mitchell.

District 16, House:  John Fillmore has previously been a House member.  He was knocked out by McCain money, but he's back.  We recommend him.  He has four opponents.  This is a good time to use the single shot for Fillmore.  Townsend is bound to be re-elected so the race is really between Fillmore and the other three.

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Clair, This CQ needs to go! He is not a conservative nor even a reasonable RINO he is at best a democrat.

As days have passed and I continue to read here on this blog my impress meter goes up for you VAN.

Please folks do not vote for any candidate who voted for the NPVC.

A great idea but not practical.  Most republicans in the senate sponsored that bill but none had to vote either way because the Senate Prez didn't allow it to come to a vote in the Senate.  In the House, again most Republicans co-sponsored it, some didn't vote for it but it did pass.  Some of those don't even have republican opponents this year.  Who you gonna vote for?  A dem? or not vote and let a Dem get elected?  Reality is a tough teacher.

Pat, There is always the pragmatic decisions to consider.

Every darn candidate running for AZ House or Senate that I must choose to cast a vote for all assured me that they would never vote for NPVC. Are they good for their word? 

One thing the political parties are good for and that is when either party is out of power they will try anything to gain the power again.  Republicans are not of clear of guilt having thought of NPVC as a way to regain their power and so is it true that democrat operatives are pushing after their stinging defeat in 2016.

I'm asking only that folks be cautious and at least secure the best one can that the GOP candidate answer why they voted/signed on to NPVC and if they would vote for it if the darn thing came out of a dank drawer again.

Uncharacteristic of Arizona Freedom Alliance is this poorly-edited article with at least a hundred typos and stumbles.

I tried to highlight the miscues but this system won't recognize them, so just look for my brackets, IF you're interested.

Voters Beware and Recommended Candidates, Part II

This year in Arizona - and many other states - we are seeing a multitude of names of those who have not previoiusly[previously] been at all visible in the Republican party.  It's odd to see this is happening on the Repubican[Republican] side much more than on the Democrat side [comma]although,[no comma] there is an unusual number of Democrat challengers this

One of the most prominent is the Secretary of State[secretary of state] race.  Certainly, Michele Reagan made some mistakes as Secretary of State[secretary of state].  However, as we look at past SoS[sos]office holders, it doesn't appear to be any more than previous years.  This is the year of bitter rhetoric coming from the left and the right.  There is no more bitter rhetoric coming from candidates than in this race.  AZSOS contender,[no comma] Steve Gaynor,[no comma] is such a candidate.  His platform is ["] I'm a businessman and Michele Reagan is the scum of officer holders["].  In fact, the Gaynor ads on TV micharacterize[mischaracterize] the facts.  Much of what he states is incorrect[comma] and he knows it because we told him.  The faces of Reagan are made out to be ghoulish and scary, black and white photoshopped[Photoshopped] to death.  The main question is, who is they[this?] guy?  Yes, he runs a successful business but so did Michele Reagan.  He donates to Democrats and establishement[establishment] Republicans.  He has no issues based[issues-based] platform.  In fact, we have heard him speak a couple of times and can't find an issue based[issue-based] sentence in his speeches.  So, who put him up to running for the second highest office in Arizona with no political experience, never a precinct committeeman like most candidates are before running for office or at least has had some experience if only in local politics.[?] [run-on sentence]  Not this guy.  He came out of nowhere and when that happens, voter, beware.  Watch the debate tonight between these two on PBS at 5:30 or set your recorder.  It could get explosive!

 

In the LD23 Senate race,  Timothy Jeffries has been a long time associate with Doug Ducey and donates to very unsavory candidates, like democrat[Democrat]Miranda and establishement [establishment] candidateslke[like]democrat[Republican. If McCain votes like a Democrat, say so, or even rename him a Republicrat, but in no way is he a Democrat. Your editorializing should not get in the way of facts] John McCain.  He already has a hearty six figure[six-figure] job.  Is it realistic to think he came out of nowhere with a sudden desire to take a $24K job in the legislature?  Real Republicans better coalesce around know[known] and truly proven conservative,[no comma] Michelle Ugenti-Rita.  Voters, beware.

In LD28, we have Kathy Petsas running for House.  Kathy Petsas,[whom] precince[precinct] committeemen already know, is the person who is wedded to McCain and was picked to amend the AZGOP Bylaws.  These Bylaws[bylaws] are important to the Republican party[Party] because they shape the party statewide.  She, as chairman, refused to communicate with most of the committee, refused to reveal contact info for members of her committee who wanted to discuss the matter, took her orders from McCain and Lines (one and the same) and is so liberal,[no comma] she should not be in the Republican party[Party].  That is a district difficult to win for Republicans.  Maria Syms is currently the sole Republican House member and Petsas is running to unseat her, not either of the democrats[Democrats].  Petsas would make a terrible representative when she can't even work with a committee in the Republican party[Party}.

In other districts, the lone Republican is so bad, it might be better to vote Democrat except we need to keep the Legislature[legislature] in the hands of the Republicans, as bad as they are.  

 In District 8, Senate: Frank Pratt is barely a Republican.  He is sadly unopposed.  He has a dreadful voting record that looks more like a Democrat[Democrat's—a person cannot look like a "record," he can only look like another person].

District 20, Senate: Incumbent Paul Boyer is among the worst in the Legislature[legislature] (there are so many of these to pick from) and should NOT be re-elected.

District 22, Senate:   But he has become an establishment owned [establishment-owned] candidate.  This is the RIGHT time to support Clair Van Steenwyck.  He is conservative, well versed in Constitutional[constitutional] principles and also in State Statute[state statutes, perhaps?]. and the proper application thereof.  

District 25, Senate: Worsley's plan was to wait until the deadline to turn in signatures passed and then  withdrew[withdraw] from the race, practically assuring Pace would be a clone in the Senate.

District 12, House: David Farnsworth has kept his oath of office and served his constiuents[constituents] very well.  He's accessible to voters outside of his district.

 District 5, House:   None of them think enough of the Republican party[Party] to be precinct commieettmen[committeemen].  

District 13, House:  Out of nowhere, Joanne Osborne and Timothy Dunn.  Voter, beware, Vet[vet] these candidates thoroughly before voting.

 

Well, my goodness, PJ.  You do have a lot of time on your hands.  We surely did make some mistakes. It happens sometimes when the team are all volunteer, work their own paying jobs and still try to do a good job informing our readers.... even when they are tired.  We find some mistakes in your critique, too.  Some of what you write is your opinion vs ours.  You focus on some journalistic standard, long, we might add, left behind in todays jumbled lexicon.  You add quotes when the sentence is pure hyperbole (we added your quotes because we like to keep our readers happy).  We can't say we combed through your corrections but we did fix some we thought really should have been fixed vs someone's writing style.  You add caps where we don't want caps and take caps away where we want them.  We have our reasons and think most of our readers understand those reasons.  We aren't the Arizona Republic, after all, for which our readers thank us!  We do appreciate your editing skills and I believe, once before, we offered to bring you on to edit.  So, thank you for that. We never got a response to that.   In the event we ever make you happy with one of our articles, we sure would appreciate a tiny pat on the back for our all volunteer human team.  Or, since we rarely see you post a comment, perhaps your silence implies approval?

Being reared in the S. coalfields of W.Va. living in coal towns and hollers I just listen to what people say and spend no time trying to edit the words  that came out of their mouths. Content matters not the grammatically presentation.

Oh, my goodness.  I read through this article engrossed in the opinion without giving any thought to what word was in upper case and what word isn't.  Call me a heathen, but I'm much more interested in the content than a typo or a misplaced comma. 

If he previously served and did nothing to try to take us out from under the 10 planks of the Communist Manifesto and especially the 5th plank he either isn't knowledgeable enough to properly represent anyone or knowingly supports the ten planks. Either case disqualifies him in my opinion.

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