Sunday, March 9, 2014

3-8-14 MCRC Briefs

MCRC Briefs

Briefs Editor   Frosty Taylor

Web Master   John Strasser


March 8, 2014


·       The Maricopa County Republican Committee’s Lincoln Day luncheon, honoring precinct committeemen, drew an all-time record high attendance of 428 in Phoenix today, according to MCRC Chairman A J LaFaro. The top three honoree are:

·       Lori Urban, a 30 year GOP activist, received the 2013 Lincoln Bust – the once in a life-time highest recognition.

·       Dan Grimm, also an outstanding activist/volunteer, received the highly honored Reagan Plaque Award. 

·       John Strasser, the invisible behind the scenes Web Master/ITech,  received the frist-time Chairman’s Award – a Thomas Jefferson bust – replica of Toni Wirts famous bronze bust).

Congratulations to these three well deserving honorees. Briefs will run their bios tomorrow. Needless to say, MCRC has many super precinct committeemen who devote numerous hours to the party each year.  It is no easy task to select the top winners from the all of deserving nominees for these highly coveted awards.


·       Volunteers Of The Year Are :

LD1 – Janet Mohr

LD12 – Jim Kresse

LD13 – Sue Harrison

LD15 – Eric Cashman

LD16 – Kaylene Reardon

LD18 – Caroline Coler

LD19 – George Ortiz

LD20 – Duane Engdahl

LD21 –Lisa Gray

LD22 - Richard Wehbe

LD23 – Liz Alcorn

LD24 - Roger Pongratz

LD26 - Matt Papke

LD27 - Thomasita Taylor

LD28 – John Wilson


·       Certificates Of Achievement Were Issued To:

·       LD1 - Judy Hoelscher, Sue Jordan, Barbara Sasser, Ed Shadley and Jerry Wetta.

·       LD4 -  Fred Amater and Jan Amater.

·       LD12 – Debbie Belnap, Cindy Biggs, Denine Driggs, Julie Farnsworth, Susan Hick, Rebecca Jarman, Paul Marchant and Rusdon Ray.

·       LD13 – Sue Harrison, Karen Brogdon, Diane Landis, and Steve Montenegro.

·       LD15 – Jim DeVere, Marcus Huey, Garth Alexander, Stan Dale, Jerry Licata, Holly Buss, John Baunoch and Mary Baunoch.

·       LD16 –Beth Hallgren, Mara Benson and Louis Petty.

·       LD18 – Michael Bertocchi, Christian Herre, Judy Eastman, Brenda Roberts, Sharon Rhis, Seth Graham, Linda Wooten, Philip Wooten, Mark Giebelhaus, and Terry Giebelhaus.

·       LD19 – Glenda Hobbs and Mark Hanna.

·       LD20 – Kristi Bencomo, Eleanor Cox, Michael Gibbs, Fred Gioglio, Sandra Jaeger, Howard Jeager, Catherine Callecorsa and Wes Walker.

·       LD21 – Greg Eisert, Ida Eisert, Randy Miller, and Carmel Scharenbroich.

·       LD22 – Corky Haynes, Glenn Haynes, Heather Morgan, Bill Gaddis, Robert Michael, Kelli Senft, Mary Platt and Daniel McCarthy.

·       LD23 – Linda Rizzo, Tom Buggeln, Gene Pizzato, John Strasser, Ray Wallage, Evelyn Munn, Shirley Cordasco and Paula Linker.

·       LD24 – Carole Joyce, Shiree Verdone, Gina McCracken, Don Newton and Paul Lycos.

·       LD26 – Joe Neglia, Richard Peterson, Dale Eames, Doug Ardt and Alma Enge.

·       LD28 8- Mary Hamway, Lisa Hoberg, Deborah Lavinsky, Catherine Kauffman, Richard Smith, Daran Wastchak, Matt Morales and Lynn Hopkins.


·       Arizona Gubernatorial Candidates Frank Riggs, Scott Smith, Christine Jones, Doug Ducey and Al Melvin, (in that order)  gave five minute campaign presentations on why they should be elected to preside at 1700 W Washington. Key note speaker Mark Herr, brought home a message of responsibility to an enthusiastic crowd. More on Herr’s presentation and  the Chairman LaFaro’s message in tomorrow’s Briefs.


·       A Big Thank You To The 2014 Lincoln Day Luncheon Committee consisting of April Riggins, Jose Borrajero, Andrew Costanzo, Pat Oldroyd, Lynne Weaver, John Strasser, Tom Husband, Dan Grimm, Lori Urban, Margot Wittenburg,  Jeni White and Joe Hobbs. These folks put in hours and hours of behind the scenes time and talent to pull off the successful  sell-out luncheon.  Not only did they have an excellent line up of speakers, they pulled in great vendors and an unusually large display of raffle items. A little bird informed Briefs that several people tried to buy more table sponsorships the past couple of days. Unfortunately, it was past the cutoff deadline for obtaining tables.  Keep in mind, the chef has to have enough time to order and prepare food for that size crowd… So, get your reservations requests in early next year.


·       Some Of The Elected Officials Spotted Among The Crowd, including Wickenburg Mayor John Cook, former Attorney General Bob Corbin and wife – former Sen. Lori Klein, Attorney General Tom Horne, State Treasurer Doug Ducey, former County Chairmen Lyle Tuttle and Tom Husband, County Supervisor Clint Hickman, former Sen Russell Pearce, former AZGOP Chairman Randy Pullen, Salt River Project Board member Jean MacGrath, AZGOP Chairman Robert Graham, state GOP officers Linda White, Parralee Schneider, Marnie Haney, and Timothy Lee.  Arizona’s well-known firearms author Alan Korwin was there, as were quite a few LD Chairmen and candidates vying for various offices.  Didn’t see Gov Jan Brewer, Secretary of State Ken Bennett, nor any of the congressional delegation. But in a crowd that size, it is hard to spot all of the dignitaries. 


·       Jan Martinson, City West Republican Club Candidates Forum chairman, was busy distributing flyers for that March 15 event. It’s a biggy that candidates should make sure to attend. See MCRC Calendar for details: Http://Archives.Mcrcbriefs.Org/  Left Hand Column (In Red)


·       Pat Denne, Long Time Activist In The West Valley who is recuperating from a stretch of illnesses, was quite visible in her pretty pink outfit.  It was her first outing to a major event in quite some time and she was enjoying every minute of it. Bet you didn’t know that this lovely lady is a former army helicopter inspector/tester.  And I don’t mean just on the ground.  She was on the first flights up, making sure the choppers were operational before they were sent to the troops. Now that takes grit folks.


·       Art Olivas, Known For His Strong Opinions – particularly On State Headquarters - , was all over the place taking photos.  Want one? He’s generous in sharing them. Contact him at 


·       Today’s Luncheon definitely was the place to see  the ‘movers and shakers,’ familiar faces, meet some new faces, exchange a hug to two, share a memory with good companions and have a few laughs.


·       A Fundraiser Memorial Dinner Will Be Held In Memory Of Detective John T. Hobbs from noon until 8 pm, Sun, March 9 at the Mu Shu Asian Grill, 1502 W. Thomas Road, Phoenix, AZ 85015. Hobbs was shot and killed in the line of duty this past week.  Restaurant owner Garry Ong said all proceeds will be donated to the Hobbs family. Hobbs frequently ate in the grill .

·       LD28 Will Hold Secretary Of State And State Treasurer Candidates Forum from 7-9 pm, Tues, March 11 at the Madison School District Office, 5601 N. 16th St, Phoenix. Candidate questions should be sent to by 5 pm, Sun, March 9. No questions will be taken from the floor.


·       Richard Rutkowski Is The New Second Vice Chairman For LD23. Congrats Richard. Contact: Rich Rutkowski


·       LD 23  Will Meet At 6:30 PM, March 13 at the Scottsdale Civic Center, Library auditorium, 3839 N. Drinkwater, Scottsdale. 6 pm social. Speakers are Shane Wikfors & Bill Fathauer from Americans for Prosperity - Arizona, who will discuss pending legislation and a plan to regain AZ Congressional seats in 2014.  A State Treasurer’s forum including candidates Randy Pullen and Jeff DeWit is scheduled. A representative from Hugh Hallman’s campaign is also slated. Contact: Rich Rutkowski


·       Republican Candidate Announcements and Events can be sent to for posting in the Briefs.  In fairness to all GOP primary candidates, Briefs does not post endorsements, nor does it endorse any GOP candidates prior to the primary.


·       The New Maricopa County Republican Committee Web Address Is:   If there's something that you need and can't find, please contact Webmaster John Strasser at 480-273-8798 or

·       LD13 Sen Don Shooter, LD13 Rep Steve Montenegro and Ruth Fennel will attend the Colorado Tea Party luncheon March 14 at Logan’s Restaurant in Yuma. RSVP by March 12 to Contact: M.Sally Kizer   928-210-1219

·       Down Yuma Way, Paul Jackson, Gilbert Hernandez & Carl Kizer have started  a new group called the Candidate's Corner. They will be organizing debates and fundraisers for candidates & incumbents running for public offices in this year's elections.    The first event is set for Sat, March 15 at the 'Greater Somerton Days' parade in the morning and a block party from noon until 11pm.  A candidate’s booth for gathering petitions signatures will be set up. Gabriela Mercer, congressional candidate running against Raul Grijalva (D) is a candidate guaranteed to be there. A candidate’s debate is scheduled at 6 pm, Fri, April 6 at the AWC building. The first debate will be between LD13 incumbents Rep. Darin Mitchell and Steve Montenegro (the M&M team) and challenger Diane Landis.  Candidate’s Corner Contact: Paul Jackson at 928-580-1697. 


·       LDl2’s regular monthly meeting (March 13) has been postponed by one week due to Spring break, according to Chairman Mickie Niland.  LD12 will meet at 7 pm, March 20 at the the Quartz Hill Elementary School, 3680 S Quartz St, Gilbert. Contact: LD12 Chr Mickie Niland  Chairman@Azld12.Com  Http://Azld12.Com/


·       Republican Candidate Announcements and Events can be sent to for posting in the Briefs.  In fairness to all GOP primary candidates, Briefs does not post endorsements, nor does it endorse any GOP candidates prior to the primary.


·       Gubernatorial Candidate Sen Al Melvin will address the Hwy 69 Republican on Mon, March 10 at 6 pm, at the Puerta Vallarta Restaurant, 11901 E. Hwy 69, Dewey, AZ . RSVP: (928) 632-4661


·       LD17 Candidates Are Encouraged To Bring Their Clipboards and petitions to the Ostrich Festival Booth on March 9 so signatures can be gathered for you.  Contact: Sandi Bartlett at or 480 600 2874 to volunteer.



·       See MCRC Calendar: Http://Archives.Mcrcbriefs.Org/  Left Hand Column (In Red)  Maricopa County And State Wide GOP Activity Listings.