On March 1, 2022, both democrats and republicans in the Arizona legislature joined to censure Arizona State Senator Wendy Rogers for comments she made regarding the use of “public gallows” during a speech that she made to the American First Political Action Committee conference days earlier. The Arizona Senate was also concerned about her association with, and support of, the American First organization’s founder, Nick Fuentes. The Arizona Senate believed Fuentes has repeatedly demonstrated antisemitic speech and actions. To review senator Roger’s speech, follow this link Wendy Rogers Full APFAC Speech.
Celebrate with us at our Grand Opening of the Gila County Republican Party Headquarters, Saturday, March 19th at 3 p.m. It will be held at 438 S. Beeline Highway in Payson. We open at 10 a.m. on Saturday, our hours. Candidates have been invited to attend!
Disclaimer: The Gila County Republican Party Executive Committee DOES NOT endorse candidates running for any office until after the Primary Election on August 2, 2022!
Come join Sherri and her fabulous volunteers for a great time at Rim Country BBQ on Sunday, April 24th. The emcee of the evening is none other than Mike Broomhead of KTAR and dance or listen to the live music of Tino and Ashley. You don’t want to miss this, it will be fun for all. Meet the amazing line-up of candidates from governor to local. There are a limited amount of tickets and the first event sold out! This will benefit the Gila Country Republican Party.
Public comments to the Independent Redistricting Commission Needed ASAP
TAKE ACTION!If you have not yet commented to the Independent Redistricting Commission, please do so ASAP. the comment site is:Here is the link to the IRC Comment box. Please Take 5 Minutes to Comment https://survey123.arcgis.com/share/db98e04fec874735a385d3a019b829ae?field:plan_type=draftmap&field:draftmapHurry! The Commission meets Sunday afternoon December 19th.Please understand the Commission, on Friday, shifted from being an independent Commission to be very political and catering to outside interests.
PLEASE take 5 minutes to comment and support map 12.1.1. See below for tips on how to comment.
The Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission has released official draft legislative and congressional district maps. The commission is requesting feedback from the public to learn what it got right and what it got wrong with these maps. The commissioners are willing to make major changes to these maps before they become final. For Gila County legislative districts we are working with version 10.2
There have been a series of public hearings across Arizona to gather input. Comments are gathered until December 22, 2021. Individuals speaking will be limited to two minutes. We recommend preparing your testimony in advance, and reading it to the commission at the hearing in your area.
When writing your testimony focus on these points:
Public comments to the Independent
Redistricting Commission Needed ASAP
Independent Redistricting Commission is re-drawing Arizona legislative district
boundaries based on the new census data from 2020. There are 30 legislative
districts in Arizona. Based on census data each district should have a resident
population of about 230,000.
goal assigned to the Commission is to develop districts based on “community of interests”.
For the new district 7 for the Gila County region, community of interests would
be rural communities, ranching, farming, the copper mining industry, forest
Commission has conducted two hearings in Payson for community input. In the
first hearing, Gila County residences strongly requested the Commission to adhere
to the “community of interest” goals. And the Commission did so by producing a
very acceptable map of the new district.
Today, Arizona State Legislators will announce the launch of the Arizonans for Voter ID Act.
This new initiative will require all voters to have proof of registration regardless of how, when, or where their ballot is cast. Today, at 1:45 p.m. MST, a press conference will be held with State Senator Warren Petersen, Senator J.D. Mesnard, Rep. Ben Toma, and Rep. Jake Hoffman, at the Arizona State Capitol.
The Gila County Republican Party, as well as the State Party, lost a long time and prominent Republican with the passing of Don Ascoli the first week of August.
Don’s dip into Republican politics started early as a young man. Before moving to Payson, a decade ago, he was very active in Republican politics in the Valley and chairman of a legislative district in the Ahwatukee area of southeast Phoenix.
The Gila County Republican Party wasn’t very active in 2010 when Don was elected chairman. He immediately went to work growing the Party. He got the Party’s first website up, came from 14.9 percent behind Democrats in voter registration to just crossing into a Republican majority two years later, then got the first Republican elected sheriff since statehood in the 2012 election.
Don set the standard and direction for the Gila County Republican Party. Today Republicans are 73 percent ahead of Democrats in voter registration, Republicans hold all but three of the county elected offices and all three of the Arizona legislators in both legislative districts 6 and 8 are Republicans.
Don was a great mentor and tutor for the growing leadership of the Gila County Republican Party and many of the Party’s successes can be attributed to Don.