VP Straw Poll Results

Here are the results of the Vice-Presidential Straw Poll that was taken Friday evening, June 21 at the Lee Cornelison Kegger and Candidates. A total of 79 ballots were received.  The results are shown in two ways: (1) Total # of points for each candidate based on the ranked choices, and (2) Ranking the candidates on each person’s #1 choice only:RANKED CHOICE POINTS              FIRST CHOICE ONLY
Tim Scott – 172                                      Doug Burgum – 14
Doug Burgum – 148                              Tim Scott – 14
Ron DeSantis – 143                               Ron DeSantis – 12
Marco Rubio – 140                               J.D. Vance – 10
J.D. Vance – 136                                    Ben Carson – 6
Vivek Ramaswamy – 84                       Marco Rubio – 6
Ben Carson – 74                                    Vivek Ramaswamy – 5
Kristi Noem – 58                                   Nikki Haley – 3
Tom Cotton – 55                                   Kristi Noem – 3                
Tulsi Gabbard – 17                              Don Trump Jr. – 2            
Nikki Haley – 16                                  Tucker Carlson – 1
Don Jr. – 10                                          Tulsi Gabbard – 1            
Elise Stefanik – 9                                 Elise Stefanik – 1
Mike Pompeo – 6                                 Barron Trump – 1
Barron Trump – 5                               TOTAL:  79
Kari Lake – 2

QCRC Address/ Website/ Board Members Quail Creek Republican Club
P.O. Box 151, Green Valley, Arizona 85622
www.quailcreekrepublicans.comPresident: Patricia Colburn
1st VP:  Rich Ulery
2nd VP: Bill Price
Secretary: Doug Shumway
Treasurer: Steve Lewis
Membership: Lin Sanford
Program: Deedee Stephens
At-Large (1 Yr.): Dana Alford
At-Large (2 Yr.): John Koster

August Featured Speaker


The mission of the State Superintendent of Schools is committed to raising academic outcomes and empowering parents.

Don’t miss the August 16 QCRC meeting beginning at 9AM (8:30 Coffee) in the Kino Conference Center, Ocotillo and Mesquite rooms, and learn more about the mission and goals from Tom Horne, Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Tom Horne served twenty-four years in the state’s third-largest school district board and ten years as president.

 He served in the legislature and was chairman of the academic accountability committee. He was the State Superintendent of Schools from 2003 to 2011 and was elected State Attorney General. While Attorney General, he argued in every court: Superior Court, Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, and US Supreme Court.

 He has served in every branch of government:

  • Executive: State Superintendent of Schools and Attorney General.
  • Legislative: Member of the legislature. On July 11, 2000, the Arizona Republic wrote that Tom Horne “raises the level of debate at the state Legislature by several notches all by himself.”
  • Judicial: judge pro tem in the Superior Court and the Court of Appeals.
  • Local: School Board Member and President.

He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard College and with honors from Harvard Law School. He taught legal writing at ASU Law School. When not in public service, he was in the private practice of law, focusing on trial work.
In addition to being an avid supporter of music and the arts, he is also a classical pianist who has soloed with local orchestras, such as the Yuma Orchestra and the Scottsdale Philharmonic.

May Featured Speakers

Guest Speakers
Heather Lappin, Candidate for Pima County Sheriff
John Backer, Candidate for Pima County Board of Supervisors
Joel Strabala, Legislative District 17 Precinct 77 will give a presentation on Rank Choice Voting


Heather Lappin boasts an impressive 19-year career with the Pima County Sheriff’s Department in Tucson, Arizona. Currently serving as the East Section Commander at the Pima County Adult Detention Center, she dedicates herself to improving morale and culture within the facility. 
Prior to her current position, she served as the Training Section Commander, overseeing training programs for commissioned and corrections personnel, including firearms, academy, and advanced officer training. Heather has held diverse assignments, including Advanced Training Specialist at AZPOST, District Commander, and work in Internal Affairs. Early in her career, she specialized in training, earning recognition as an AZPOST Subject Matter Expert in the Field Training Program and instructor-level certifications in defensive tactics, firearms, physical fitness, and high-risk stops.
Heather’s commitment to professional growth extends to her attendance at renowned leadership schools nationwide, including the Senior Management Institute for Police, Department of Homeland Security’s Leadership Academy, Northwestern School of Police Staff and Command, and Transform Law Enforcement. Her formal education includes an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Phoenix and a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Arizona State University. Currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership at NAU, Heather also serves as an adjunct professor at Pima Community College.
Recognized for her community involvement, Heather was appointed to the Tucson Women’s Commission in 2021. Beyond her career, Heather treasures her 21-year marriage and three children. She has held leadership positions in various booster clubs, parent-teacher organizations, and youth sports. In her free time, she enjoys CrossFit and passionately supports her children’s competitive sports endeavors.

John Backer is a candidate for Pima County Board of Supervisors for District 2 and has lived in Madera Highlands since 2007. He has been married to Robin for 21 years and is the father to a blended family of 4 adult daughters and an adult son. John is also the grandfather to 6 grandkids ranging in age from 3 months to 13 years.
John is a proud veteran of the US Air Force where he worked as an electrician on the incredible A-10 aircraft. John has also spent over 30 years in the technology industry solving a variety of issues for his clients and customers. For the last 15 years, John’s customers have been law enforcement and intelligence analysts at all levels where John has been “helping good guys catch more bad guys”. 
John has been serving on the Town of Sahuarita Planning and Zoning Commision for 8 years and currently serves as the chairman. He has previously served on the Board of Adjustments Commission for Pima county district 4.
 Joel Strabala from Legislative District 17 will present “Rank Choice Voting” – a must hear presentation.
Petitions for the Rank Choice Voting / Jungle Primaries ballot initiative are being circulated for voter signatures to qualify for the November 2024 General Election Ballot.   To qualify, they will need 383,923 signatures by July 3, 2024.
LD17 Precinct Committeemen (PC) created a 15–20-minute power point presentation on Rank Choice Voting / Jungle Primaries in response to educate voters about the initiative so cleverly titled “Make Elections Fair Arizona”.  Our goal is to discourage voters from signing the petitions.

April Featured Speakers

Heather Lappin, Candidate for Pima County Sheriff
John Backer, Candidate for Pima County Board of Supervisors
And, a presentation on Ranked Choice Voting!

March Featured Speakers

Friday, March 15, 9AM (8:30 coffee)
Ocotillo/Mesquite rooms, Kino Conference Center

An exciting, rare opportunity to hear firsthand national and state news from our legislators – US Congressman Juan Ciscomani, AZ Congressional District 6, and District 19 State Representative Gail Griffin!  LIMITED SEATING!

Congressman Juan Ciscomani represents Arizona’s 6th Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives and is running for reelection.Juan and his family immigrated to the United States when he was a young boy. They established roots in Tucson, Arizona, where his father worked as a bus driver to give his children a shot at the American Dream. Growing up in a working-class family taught Juan the value of hard work and the importance of a can-do attitude.  Juan attended public schools in Tucson, Pima Community College and the University of Arizona. He worked his way through school with maintenance and service jobs until becoming the first in his family to graduate from college. After college, Juan worked for the University of Arizona and the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce before joining Arizona Governor Doug Ducey’s administration as Senior Advisor and Vice-Chair of the Arizona-Mexico Commission Juan focused on the issues of international trade and diplomacy, border security, and economic development. In 2022, Juan was elected to represent Arizona’s new 6th congressional district, becoming the first naturalized American citizen from Mexico elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in Arizona history. Juan often shares a conversation with his dad where his dad asked him:

“Where else could we have our story? We come to the US, learn English, immerse in the culture, become US citizens, I drive a bus most of my life, and now my son is a United States Congressman. Where else in the world? Nowhere else, that’s the American Dream.” 
 Juan is determined to fight to keep that dream alive for others.  Juan resides in Tucson with his wife, Laura, and their 6 kids — Zoe, Juan David, Kenny, Lily, Lucas, and Gloria.  State Representative Gail Griffin represents Legislative District 19 in the Arizona House of Representatives. District 19 includes portions of 5 counties: Cochise, Graham, Greenlee, Pima, and Santa Cruz.Gail Griffin is currently serving as a member of the House of Representatives and serves as the Chairman of the Natural Resources, Energy, and Water Committee, and the Vice Chairman of the Rules Committee. She is also a member of the Land, Agriculture, and Rural Affairs Committee and the Governor’s Water Council.She serves as Co-Chairman on the Ad Hoc Study Committees on Water Security, and Air Quality and Energy. She has also served on the Water Banking Authority, the Water Protection Fund, and many other committees of interest.Gail Griffin served in the Arizona State Senate and has been involved in issues at the local, state, and federal level for many years. She believes in a smaller, smarter government, less taxes, personal responsibility, protection of property rights, and in the free enterprise system. Representative Griffin will continue to fight to get education dollars into the classroom for students and teachers, for Veteran’s issues, for transparency in government, and will continue to challenge federal overreach, and support States Rights and our Constitution.Gail has received many awards for her service which includes “Senator of the Year” from the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), “Legislator of the Year” from Arizona Rural Health Association and from the Arizona Mining Association.Gail holds memberships in many state and local organizations.She is a Real Estate Broker at Sierra Vista Realty and lives in Cochise County. 

February Featured Speakers

Friday, February 16, 9AM (8:30 coffee)
Ocotillo/Mesquite rooms, Kino Conference Center

“Three Women in Politics!” – Learn about the latest from the Town of Sahuarita (Vulcan, Trader Joes?), the Arizona Corporation Commission, and all about elections (2020 election experience) at our February Meeting with:

l to r:  Diana Priolo, Lea Marquez Peterson, Kathy Bernier
Guest Speakers:

Diane Priolo, Town of Sahuarita Town Council Member  
Lea Marquez Peterson, Arizona Corporation Commissioner
Kathy Bernier, Wisconsin State Director of Keep Our Republic

Diane Priolo, Town of Sahuarita Town Council Member,  is seeking re-election to a four-year term.  Diane will be able to address questions concerning issues such as the Vulcan Asphalt Plant, the lights at Old Nogales Road and Quail Creek Boulevard and other inquiries such as will there be a Trader Joe’s in the area, Total Wine?

Diane was born in Brooklyn, New York and is the proud mother of accomplished twin daughters who are veterans of the Global War on Terror and reserve officers in the US Air Force.

Diane retired as a clinical social worker with legal and medical/surgical/burn experience including expert witness testimony in all forms of child abuse.  Her background includes being elected as a Precinct Committeeman and a GOP State Representative. 

She is currently serving a two-year term on the Sahuarita Town Council.

Lea Marquez Peterson is seeking re-election to the Arizona Corporation Commission.  She was appointed in May 2019 and elected statewide during the 2020 election cycle. She is the first Latina to serve in a statewide role in Arizona. She has spent her time on the Commission holding utilities accountable to Arizonans and fighting for affordable, reliable energy.
As the only Commissioner based outside of Maricopa County, Lea has worked diligently for the entire State to provide financial relief for customers and to ensure energy reliability. Her outreach to stakeholders across the state has been invaluable to ensuring that the voices of ratepayers are heard, and Arizona’s utilities are affordable, reliable and safe.
In addition, her decades of small business experience and service as the President of the Tucson Hispanic Chamber, one of the largest Chambers in the state, has been helpful in streamlining the business incorporation process and prioritizing the economic recovery of the state. 

Lea served as the Chairwoman of the Commission from 2020 to 2022 and is running to retain her seat to serve families in every County and to ensure Arizona families economic prosperity. Since her appointment, she has led initiatives to rebate $40 million dollars to customers of APS and TEP during the pandemic, and hosted meetings of the Commission to discuss the California rolling blackouts and its impact on Arizona’s energy and utility prices.  
Lea resides in Tucson with her husband and two children. Learn more about Lea and support her re-election campaign at www.VoteforLea.com

Kathy Bernier will be talking about her experience as a past election official and legislator in the 2020 election, investigations and some things that were asked of her.
She is a lifelong resident of Chippewa County Wisconsin.  The mother of 3 and grandmother of 6, she considers them her most valuable accomplishment.
Kathy is a graduate from the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire.  She ran for County Clerk as a Republican in November of 1998 and took office in January 1999.  Among other accomplishments, she spent 12 years administering elections.  She ran for the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2010, then Senate in 2018 where she served for four years.  For all of the 12 years in office, she chaired the Elections Committees.
Kathy retired from the legislature in January 2023 and was offered a position for a non-profit called Keep Our Republic in April, 2023.  She is the Wisconsin State Director.  Her mission is to educate the public on election administration in conjunction with county and municipal clerks.  Her moto is, “Do the right thing, because it is the right thing to do.”

Juan Ciscomani Visits the Border

“With this crisis that Joe Biden and Alejandro Mayorkas have created, nobody wins. Nobody wins except the cartels. They’re the ones deciding who gets across and who doesn’t. They’re the ones trafficking people and drugs.” –

Please click on the link below and hear Congressman Ciscomani’s remarks:https://x.com/HouseGOP/status/1742662350124261722?s=20
QCRC Address/ Email/ Website/ Board Members
Quail Creek Republican Club, P.O. Box 151, Green Valley, Arizona 85622
                                         President:                     Patricia Colburn
                                        1st VP:                           Rich Ulery
                                        2nd VP:                          Bill Price 
                                        Secretary:                     Doug Shumway
                                        Treasurer:                     Steve Lewis
                                        Membership:                Lin Sanford
                                        Program:                      Deedee Stephens
                                        At-Large (2024-5):      Dana Alford
                                        At-Large (2024-6):      John Koster