Voting – Heads or Tails?

Wouldn’t it be nice if somehow we could see all candidates for who they truly are?  Better yet, perhaps we could see a sign that tells us the percentage of times they agree with us on political issues?  Better yet, wouldn’t it be great if the Lord will tell us where our own views are wrong and where they are correct…. as well all have those. But until the magical day, we have to rely on our own homework, our own study, and our own prayer.

I believe all that know me, know that I am politically active and a bit opinionated.  I try very hard to be fair and level headed and believe I generally succeed at being fair, but on occasion the level headed part can be questionable.  🙂

I wanted to share some of my feelings regarding our local primary election that starts today for mail in ballots and will be finalized on Tuesday, August 30th.

US Senate:  Kelli Ward

This one is pretty easy for me.  While I appreciate McCain’s longtime service, his voting record leaves me wondering why he finds it so easy to spend other people’s money.  I find myself disagreeing with him more than agreeing with him.  The Republican Primary has four people running – John McCain, Alex Melusky, Clair Van Steenwyk and Kelli Ward.  McCain has to go.  Melusky just dropped out of the race and as much as I like some of Steenwyk’s limited government views, he makes me look normal (which is not easily accomplished… 🙂  That leaves Kelli Ward, which is great, because that is who I preferred from the start.  Ward has served in the AZ Senate for 4 years representing the Kingman / Lake Havasu area; and has a very good voting record (in my opinion).

US Congressional District 5:  Andy Biggs

This one is a bit tougher, but in the end still an easy decision for me. Candidates include Andy Biggs, Christine Jones, Justin Olson and Don Stapley.  Andy Biggs has been my favorite legislator for a number of years.  I have followed his voting record in the AZ Senate and agree with him nearly all the time (which is saying something for a politician).  Andy is extremely personable and very fair.  He respects the opinions of others and is always willing to let others share their thoughts and opinions.  He is firm on his beliefs.  Christine Jones is the last person that would get my vote.  She believes in government being involved in much more than I feel it should.  While I have many reasons to support “anyone but Christine”, a bonus reason is that she does not even live in our own Congressional District 5.  Why isn’t she running against Kyrsten Sinema?  Why is she running against in a district that she does not live in, and running against conservatives?  Does she agree with the governing principles of Sinema more than those living and running from District 5?  Don Stapley seems like a nice man.  He was involved in things politically a few years ago that I am still trying to sort out.  His support is relatively low.   Justin Olson has been a pretty conservative voice in the AZ Legislature and I agree with him often.  Olson would have my support if he was running in a different race.  Current Congressman Matt Salmon has endorsed Biggs, and personally asked him to consider running.  This is shaping up to be an Andy Biggs vs Christine Jones race, and Biggs is the one I want in Washington DC.  He is very limited government, and that is exactly what we need in DC.

AZ LD12 Senate:  Warren Petersen

This one too is very easy for me.  Warren Petersen has an absolute stellar voting record.  Not only is his voting record nearly flawless, but he has sponsored a number of bills reducing needless and burdensome regulations on small business.  He truly has been a champion for we the people of LD12.  I have gotten to know Warren personally and consider him a friend.  I have a number of friends that know Jimmy Lindblom personally and know him to be a great man.  I am sure Lindblom is a great man, and he may even be a good state congressman.  But why on earth is he running against one of the most conservative legislators in the state?  Petersen has served four years and is proven and solid.  The Senate is losing an incredible conservative voice in Biggs, and the Senate cannot afford to not have at least one truly conservative voice to help add some balance to that chamber.  Please join me in supporting Warren Petersen.

AZ LD12 House:  Eddie Farnsworth and Travis Grantham

Eddie Farnsworth has proven to be a voice of fiscal sanity in a politically chaotic world.  With the vacating Warren Petersen in the House, it becomes even more important to maintain Farnsworth.  The other two running are Travis Grantham and LaCinda Lewis, both are newcomers, but both have been active behind the scenes for a number of years.  Both are good Christian people that have conservative opinions.  Lewis leans more towards bigger government and more spending while Grantham leans more towards less spending and more power and responsibility to the people.  Farnsworth is a must vote, and then please consider voting Grantham as well.

Our state finances were in shambles just a few short years ago.  We have been led by big government republicans that were more than willing to spend money and borrow if need be.  Well, the economy took a big hit, and the state could not afford to come close to meeting their obligations.  Our state leadership then started borrowing money, selling off state properties (including the state capitol building and then renting it back), and increasing taxes.  The last couple of years with the excellent leadership of Biggs, Farnsworth and Petersen, we have cut spending and not only balanced the budget but actually built up a cash reserve.  While the economy has gotten better, it is not good; and we cannot afford to fill our legislature with people that want to increase spending in so many areas.  We must continue the march towards getting out of debt and self reliance.  We cannot continue adding programs simply because the federal government agrees to pay for some of it.  That “free money” comes with strings and a major loss of control.  In addition to that, those funds can stop at anytime after the agreed upon infusion of cash.  What happens when the federal funds (really ours) dries up and stops coming?  How do we go back and stop benefits and programs the people have become dependent upon?

Gilbert Town Council:  Jared Taylor

We get to choose two in this race.  Jared Taylor is an incumbent and has been a very respected voice on the council.  He has stood for families, education and for limited spending.  Even those that vote differently than Taylor enjoy him on the counsel and appreciate his views, and find his counsel a good mix of fiscal conservatism and meeting the needs of a growing community.  I believe there are 7 or 8 people running for these two seats.  Other candidates are Jim Torgeson, Tim Rinesmith, Bob Ferron, Seth Banda, Scott Anderson and Joel Anderson.  I have talked with all of those at least a little bit with the exception of Rinesmith.  They all bring different talents and abilities to the table.  I have narrowed my other choice to Torgeson or Banda, but still have not made my final decision, but Jared Taylor is a must!

I wish you well as you contemplate who to vote for.  These are tough decisions, but are also important decisions.  I am a big believer in preparedness and self-reliance, as well as meeting the needs and wants of community, state and nation.  My goal is to find those individuals that will seek a good mix of working towards being self-reliant and helping constituents improve their community, state and nation.  I believe I have found those type people.  Good luck with voting!

26 thoughts on “Voting – Heads or Tails?”

    1. Good question. Many of my political friends are supporting her. I simply have not been able to meet her or even hear what she has to say. I am hoping to have an opportunity to soon. What are your thoughts?

  1. have to agree with you brother even down to the Gilbert town counsel. I know Banda somewhat but none others.

    Good post.

  2. I will make the case for Jim Torgeson. He’s already proven he has the chops to be a conservative leader for Gilbert. He found the Zinke deal shenanigans and called out the then council on them. He’s been fighting the Chamber of Commerce’s set up here in Gilbert (that is detrimental to the taxpayers), and he was the chairman of the Heritage District during it’s largest growth. For someone who has not been in office, it’s very easy to see how Jim Torgeson would govern.

  3. Thanks for sharing, Travis. Good thoughts. I served my mission with Seth Banda and although I don’t know all the intricacies of his political views, I think he would serve our community well. Thanks again for some great info.

  4. I would strongly suggest taking a chance on Olson. Perhaps he is being a bit underestimated in his viability just as he was when he ran for the State Legislature in 2010. But Justin delivers! Look at the results of the 2010 election. You can easily find it on Justin’s Wikipedia profile if you really want proof. More votes than Kirk Adams, the Speaker of the House?! Spending 10 percent of Kirk’s budget?! Nobody works harder than my Justin. 2016 is shaping up to be a repeat of 2016. Don’t vote for Biggs just because of Salmon’s endorsement. We all know how that went down. Not right. Justin is a cut above the rest. The voters clearly see that even if the political power brokers of Arizona can’t see past the end of their nose. Salmon’s endorsement stinks and makes no sense at all. “I didnt expect him to say yes.” Shameful. Voters know better. Justin is clearly the best choice for Congress. And he has a fierce wife behind him all the way.

    1. Andy Biggs was about ready to retire from politics when Matt Salmon asked him to run. (Salmon didn’t want to step down without knowing that there would be a fierce defender of the Constitution running for CD 5.) Salmon didn’t expect him to say yes because he knew of Biggs’ intention to retire. Biggs said yes only after a lot of pondering and prayer –which relieved Salmon greatly.
      Justin Olson is great. I really, really like him. But, Biggs knows the Constitution and the proper role of government like no one else. I’m sure Olson is a Constitutionalist too. But, no one can top Biggs in defending it.
      I really hope Olson continues to run. We need him too –especially in our state government.

    2. I’m sure Olsen is a good man. However, the problem we face is that at this point it is wither going to be Jones or Biggs. Olsen’s campaign is probably splitting many votes from Biggs and that may leave us with Jones in the end. This would be tragic for CD5.

      I support Biggs because he has proven to represent us as a real conservative.

      1. Thanks Mike.
        You raise a good point, but that also raises a tough question… I think it is great and best to vote for who you truly believe is the best candidate. But I also believe we can shoot ourselves in the foot by allowing ourselves to split the vote. What is the right point (if there is one) to leave voting for who you truly believe to be the absolute best candidate, and going for another option to keep someone else out? I am not sure where that point is, but I would say it is probably a personal decision and different for each person.

    3. We are not voting for Andy Biggs just because of Matt Salmon’s endorsement. We are voting for Andy Biggs because of what he has done. He has been a champion of protecting our God-given rights of Freedom! He has represented the people of this district and the state of Arizona amazingly well for years now. I for one, and truly grateful for his willingness to still serve. He is a true patriot!

    4. Hi Karyn, this Adam Deguire. Someone pointed me to this blog site and specifically noted the part in your post that says, “Don’t vote for Biggs just because of Salmon’s endorsement. We all know how that went down. Not right.” As Salmon’s former chief of staff and someone he shared deep conversations with about his decision to retire and who he might endorse, I’m very curious as to what you mean by this statement. I’m feel pretty confident that I know exactly how it “went down,” but I would love to know if there is another story floating around out there that someone is spinning. These things tend to happen during election season. For the record, I can assure you there was really nothing special about his decisions. Salmon wanted to be closer to home with his family but wanted to make sure we kept CD 5 in good hands with a strong conservative who would continue the fight in Congress. He likes and respects Justin a lot, as do I. We have always had a great relationship with him. It was nothing personal. At the end of the day, he felt that Andy Biggs was the best choice to continue this fight and asked him to consider running. I was even in the room when he made this ask to Andy. This is the backstory, plain and simple and without any controversy or side stories to it. So if you wouldn’t mind, I would love for you to elaborate more about your comment with Salmon’s decision being “not right.” I want to ensure I do my part to set the record straight and keep this from being an attack on anyone personally. Thanks, Karyn. And Good luck to you guys!

  5. Excellent commentary. We definitely need all of these to be voted in office. Kelli Ward, Andy Biggs, Warren Petersen, and Jared Taylor have really worked hard to help parents in the fight against the national takeover of our schools through Common Core, data mining, and high stakes testing.

    Here is a word of caution to LD 12: Even though a candidate may be an incredible Christian who has served greatly in their church and community, they may not have a very good understanding of our U.S. Constitution and what the proper role of government is. Before voting for these people, please look at who is supporting them. Are their supporters moderates? Or, are they Constitutionalists? Can you contact them easily? Do they respond? Do you really know where they stand politically?
    Bob Worsely, Jeff Dial, Adam Driggs are all supposedly incredible Christian people –however, they have voted against and derailed almost every effort to regain local control of schools and restore parental rights. They just do not have an understanding of the proper role of government. Is your LD 12 candidate endorsed by Bob Worsely? If so, PLEASE run away and vote for the other 2 (hint, hint). 😉

  6. Great comments Travis! I agree whole heartedly! Any comments on Queen Creek town council? I know you live in Gilbert but you are mr politics right? Any comments from anyone would be appreciated!😊

    1. Hey Kathy!! Miss you guys!
      Well, I definitely do not pay near as close attention with QC as I should. I am familiar with the politics of Emilena Turley and believe her to be awesome. Her seat is not up though 🙂
      Of those running for Queen Creek, I have only talked to maybe half of them. Jake Hoffman has been more limited government than most with his involvement with LD12 and the Higley School board. Other than that I really do not know the others. I wish I knew more 🙁

  7. Perhaps someone on the brink of retirement is NOT the best choice. We need someone with passion and energy. Someone that can effectively articulate our case and fight for our freedoms. Even with Salmon’s endorsement, Andy is still losing. Explain that one. Andy is a flawed candidate. He is bombastic and caustic. He may cater to his strongest supporters, this is true. However, his unfavorability rating is the highest of ANY of the four candidates. Justin’s favoravility is TWICE Don and Christine’s, and THREE TIMES Andy’s. People LIKE Justin, even if they don’t always agree with his positions. Now let’s be clear, I speak for myself. I am not a campaign spokesperson by any means. It is just beyond me how people in the inner circles of Arizona politics can’t see past the end of their own nose to realize that Justin is clearly the better choice. But the voters will take a moment when it comes time to vote to look carefully at their options. And even though it might be difficult to see past the rhetoric and the noise, they will see that Justin is clearly a cut above the rest. Justin’s strength of character and leadership stand alone. The argument that Justin should wait his turn is completely ridiculous. We’ve heard that before. 2010 we heard the exact same catch-phrases, and we know how that election turned out. We did it before, we will do it again. We know beyond a doubt that we were suppose to run in this race. I’ve never known anything more sure IN MY LIFE. And I need that confidence, because it isn’t easy. But we push forward, knowing our desires are sincere. This isn’t about me, or Justin. It is about America. America needs bold leaders who rise up even when loud voices of discouragement and opposition are incessant. We don’t need feigned humility. We need bold leadership now more than ever. We go forward with our whole souls devoted to winning this race and changing the course of America. We are just two everyday people. But we are fearless! Justin is the passionate patient, gentle giant. I am the fierce lady at his side. We make a great team. And when the voters elect Justin, they will get us both. If Justin every grows weary in the fight, he will have me to push him on. It is such a hard job ahead. We pledge that the people of Arizona will not be disappointed. You will NEVER REGRET a vote for Justin Olson. Sincerely, Karyn 🌹

    1. Karyn,
      Thank you for your comments and I appreciate your passion and you being so “fierce”. I do not know you but you sound like a wonderful wife, partner and supporter! Regarding your statement about someone on the “brink of retirement not being the best choice”, I feel that is a bit of an unfair statement. Afterall, George Washington was on the brink of retirement a few times and continued to accept the call to serve his fellow man, and it would have been a tragedy had he not. I am not comparing Biggs to Washinton in any way, only that regardless of our age or desires, we should not be restricted or frowned upon simply for one’s thoughts on retirement. Unfortunately I do not know Justin very well. I have followed some of his voting record and I often agree. I heard him give a presentation a couple of years ago, and he did a great job. I like him. Heck, I would like to send them both to Washinton… but then again, I would like to keep them both here as they have been good conservative voices. I have not found many that understand and revere the Constitution like Andy Biggs. I also assure you, I am not voting for Biggs because of Salmon’s endorsement. I have been somewhat critical of Salmon and some of his votes. Again, I appreciate your passion and your comments. Justin has a good wife and it looks like you do “make a great team”.

    2. I will regret a vote for Olson simply because he is splitting the votes away from Biggs. This will result in a win for Christine Jones which will be disastrous for CD5, the state and possibly the entire country. I’m not saying that Olson isn’t worthy of the position but he isn’t going to win.

      Biggs has represented me well.

  8. I appreciate the consideration. Feel free to contact me if you really want to know what my plans are.

    I am an extremely pragmatic person. While others talk of “family, fun and faith,” I have specific plans to make sure our foundation is solid for us to have that kind of lifestyle.

    I will not support the cronyism that still exists (albeit on a smaller scale) and will not give away our tax dollars.

    If you want a candidate with a track record, I am it. I have chaired the Community Services Committee and the Redevelopment Committee (Heritage District) as well as numerous town stakeholder groups whose mission was to streamline and simplify code. Unearthikng Zinke and a half dozen other bad deals, the DaVinci art, the Chamber shenanigans, etc all lead to one thing: we are not going to accept cronyism.

    I will give credit to Bob Ferron. He has been on the Parks and Rec Board for a couple years, but none of the other candidates have volunteered that I know of.

    1. Jim,
      Great to have you share a little about yourself – thank you!! And thanks for the little tidbit on Bob Ferron. Past community involvement is a huge plus, and something that should be considered. Of course, community involvement can come in different ways. I know I have applied for a few board and/or committee positions over the last 8 years and have had zero luck getting on one… I don’t even try any more. I must have ticked someone off… 🙂

  9. Great article and I too appreciate the consideration for this extremely important elected position. I say this because I find myself meeting with residents of Gilbert and the most frequent question I’m asked is, ” what does the town council do?”. This is problematic because I fear too many residents don’t realize the negative/positive effects local leadership can have on the community.

    Although I am young, I do have years of dedication and service to the town of Gilbert. Many of the organizations in which I’m involved with focus on teaching and educating the importance of freedoms and liberties. I have a very clear understanding as to what the proper role of government is and what it should be here in Gilbert.

    My message is simple but clear, as a councilman, I will work hard to make sure we get back on track and restore fiscal responsibility here in Gilbert. I have attended several of the last town Council meetings and I am extremely concerned on the direction of our towns spending.

    Secondly, I want to make sure we as a local government is not overreaching, I want to make sure that the government is limited. As a small business owner I understand the importance of having local leaders fighting against overregulation.

    I am passionate about the Constitution, and I will work hard to preserve our rights and liberties.

    I love this town, this is our home, I too have a plan and a deep commitment to make sure we are planning for the future right now!

    Please feel to call or email me anytime!

    1. Seth,
      Thank you for taking the time to share a little about yourself. I appreciate it greatly! I also look forward to getting to know you a little better over the coming years.

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