Thursday, August 29, 2013

Campaign and committees update

Recent campaign filings:

...Republican Jeff Dewit opened a committee for a run at the R nomination for State Treasurer.  Don't know much about him.  Yet.  :)

...Republican Diane Douglas opened a committee for a run at the R nomination for Superintendent of Public Instruction.  This could turn into the most colorful primary of the cycle - the incumbent is Republican John Huppenthal.  Douglas' campaign treasurer is Wes Harris, a tea party poobah, so expect her campaign platform to be that Huppenthal, the man who hates public education and brown-skinned people, doesn't hate them enough.

...Democrat Ken Clark, a long-time activist, opened a committee for a run a the D nomination for an AZ House seat from LD24 (parts of east and central Phoenix and south Scottsdale).

...Republican Martin Sepulveda, former member of the Chandler City Council and a 2012 candidate for Congress, opened a committee for a run at State Treasurer.  Mitch M. at Arizona's Politics has fuller coverage here.

...Democrat Brent Kleinman, a Phoenix attorney, has opened an exploratory committee for an office unknown (to me, anyway :) ).  Since the filing is with the AZSOS, the office is a state-level one.

...Republican Michele Reagan has officially removed the blank part of her exploratory committee, stating that she is "exploring" a run for Secretary of State.  I'd call her interest in the SOS job "the worst-kept secret in Arizona politics", but it's not really a secret if everyone knows.

...AZSenate Republicans have formed the "Senate Majority PAC" for the 2014 election cycle; it's headed by Senate President Andy Biggs and Sen. Gail Griffin.

...AZHouse Republicans have formed the "House Victory PAC" for the 2014 cycle; it's headed by Reps. David Gowan and Justin Olson.

- In both of the above cases, it will be something of a surprise if the committees help any candidates who run to the left of Attila the Hun.

...Expect an increase in the frequency of new candidates and committee after the Phoenix City Council elections.  Until then, new candidates and committee formations will be intermittent.

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