The Arizona Free Enterprise Club (AFEC) recently released endorsements for the 2022 Arizona State Election.
“It is critical that Arizona elects leaders and policymakers who are able to articulate and stand up for individual liberties, free-market policies, and conservative values. We believe that these candidates are up to the challenge,” said Scot Mussi, AFEC club president.
AFEC endorsed 24 candidates from multiple legislative districts (LD) across Arizona. Five are running for State Senate, and the rest for the Arizona House of Representatives. The Arizona primary election is on August 2; the general election is November 8.
The Arizona Sun Times reached out to one endorsee, Steve Zipperman, running for Senate in LD-1, and asked what the endorsement means to him.
“I am absolutely ecstatic. I am a free-market capitalist. I am a businessman. I’m not a professional politician, and their endorsement means the world to me,” Zipperman said.
When asked what he would do for Arizona, Zipperman responded, saying, “Representing the people is first on my list, the people that elect me. I think that it’s necessary we have a representative form of government, and it’s very important to truly represent what’s in the best interest of the people of Arizona and the people of Legislative District 1. That’s where my heart is,” he said. “I have a lot to say about election integrity. I think that’s one of our most important issues. The border is very important as well. In a free society, we need to have faith in our votes and that they are counted correctly. I don’t necessarily feel that we have that or can do that right now.”
Zipperman also tweeted out a statement about receiving the endorsement.
I am humbled and honored to receive the endorsement of the Arizona Free Enterprise club. I look forward to serving LD-1 as state senator in 2023! #azelections #yavapaicounty #ld1 #gop #conservativecandidate #Constitutional #thepeopleschoice pic.twitter.com/2tuctjceUH
— Steve Zipperman (@votezipperman) May 20, 2022
The Arizona Sun Times also spoke with Senator J.D. Mesnard (R-AZ-17), a candidate for LD-13.
“I am a free-market, free-enterprise guy, so I’m glad to have their support in my race,” Mesnard said.
“Well, I’ll always give it to them straight, always keep an open-door listening ear. I’m also going to stand for my principles,” Mesnard said when asked what he promises Arizonans.
State Senator Nancy Barto (R-Phoenix), up for re-election in LD-4, gave a comment to The Arizona Sun Times.
“I’m grateful to have the endorsement and support of the Arizona Free Enterprise Club. The heavy hand of government is always in search of an opportunity to overreach into our individual liberties, healthcare decisions, pocketbooks, and businesses. I look forward to continuing to fight alongside the Club to defend our freedoms and hold government accountable to its essential functions. We can’t let up, and this fight requires vigilance,” Barto said in response to her endorsement.
A fourth endorsee, Christian Lamar, a Republican running for LD-2, tweeted a speech he gave on election integrity.
“As your servant & patriot we must fix 2020 by decertifying/nullifying the 2020 Biden AZ electors. Together let’s take back our state & country,” Lamar tweeted.
As your servant & patriot we must fix 2020 by decertifying/nullifying the 2020 Biden AZ electors. Together let's take back our state & country. Please ask one Trump friend u know to donate $10 to our campaign. We need to fund our campaign signs & mailers. https://t.co/B97TarfoNS pic.twitter.com/HfReut9Un3
— Christian Lamar (@christianllamar) May 31, 2022
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Photo “Election Day 2020” by Phil Roeder. CC BY 2.0.