Pima County Republican Party Chairman
Inside Arizona Politics
The campaign season is heating up and the candidates are moving forward. Shelley will give us a first peek at the process that will lead us to our August 2022 election. From party politics to candidates to elected officials, all questions are on the table. What’s the strategy to win in 2022 and 2024 and take back the House/Senate and the White House? Who is working on the ground in Arizona to make it happen? When will the candidates come and speak at Quail Creek? Bring your questions. Come and talk politics freely and openly!
Shelley Kais is the current chairman of the Pima County Republican Party. Shelley has been actively working with the Pima County Republican Party since meeting with former Chairman Carolyn Cox almost a decade ago. That’s when she jumped in using her business acumen and organizational skills to create a plan to move the party forward. Since then Shelley has worked with numerous campaigns as well as run for office herself on the State and Federal level. Currently, Shelley is a Governing Board Member on the Continental Elementary School District #39.
Mark Brnovich, AZ Attorney General
Quail Creek Republican Club Meeting
Friday, September 17, 2021
Madera Clubhouse Ballroom
9:00 AM (8:30AM-Coffee)
Arizona Attorney General
Mark Brnovich currently serves as Arizona’s 26th Attorney General. He was first inaugurated in 2015, and again in 2019 after winning re-election. He’s spent most of his professional life serving as a prosecutor at the local, state, and federal levels. Brnovich met his wife Susan while they both worked as prosecutors for the Maricopa County Attorney’s office. He worked in the Gang/Repeat Offender Unit and prosecuted many difficult and high profile cases from 1992 to 1998. Brnovich then went on to work as an Assistant Attorney General with the Arizona Attorney General’s Office (AGO) from 1998 to 2003, where he developed an expertise in gambling law. He later went on to serve as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Arizona where he prosecuted public integrity crimes, as well as crimes occurring in Indian Country.
Brnovich has also been a Judge Pro Tem of Maricopa County Superior Court, a Command Staff Judge Advocate in the U.S. Army National Guard, the Director for Constitutional Government at the Goldwater Institute, and the Director of the Arizona Department of Gaming, a law enforcement agency that investigates illegal gambling activity, as well as working with tribal regulators to ensure the integrity of tribal gaming.
Brnovich is known for restoring public confidence in the office of “Arizona’s Top Cop” and for assembling some of the nation’s most talented public servants for his administration. In March 2021, he argued at the United States Supreme Court to protect Arizona’s commonsense election-integrity restrictions on ballot harvesting and out-of-precinct voting in Brnovich v DNC. In 2015, Brnovich also argued at the United States Supreme Court in defense of the “one-person, one-vote” principle. He has been featured on 60 Minutes in defense of capital punishment and has initiated national public education efforts to combat human sex trafficking. Additionally, Brnovich has secured more than $200 million in consumer restitution, debt and timeshare fee savings, and event ticket refunds since taking office in 2015. This amount far exceeds the restitution secured by the AGO from 2000-2014 combined.
Brnovich has been recognized by the National Federation of Independent Business as a “Champion of Small Business” and was elected by his bi-partisan colleagues to serve as the Chairman of the Conference of Western Attorneys General.
His wife Susan was confirmed by the United States Senate to serve as a U.S. District Judge for the District of Arizona. Brnovich has two teenage daughters and lives in Phoenix.
|Sheriff Mark J. Dannels is a 37-year veteran of law enforcement. He holds a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice Management from Aspen University and is a Certified Public Manager from Arizona State University. He has over 3000 hours of law enforcement training in his portfolio. He attended Disney’s Leadership and Executive Training programs and is a graduate of the Rural Executive Management Institute. He began his law enforcement career in 1984 after serving a successful tour in the United States Army. He progressed through the ranks with the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office to the position of Deputy Commander after working numerous specialty assignments and leadership roles to include an appointment by the Arizona Governor for his dedicated efforts directed toward highway and community safety.|
Sheriff Dannels has been recognized and awarded the Medal of Valor, Western States Sheriff of the Year, Outstanding Business Person of the Year, Marquis Who’s Who, Sheriff’s Medal, Deputy of the Year, Distinguished Service Award, Unit Citation Award, National Police Hall of Fame, Lifesaving Award and dozens of community-service awards from service groups and governmental organizations.
Sheriff Dannels is married to Nickie, a Registered Nurse. They have three sons, Justin, a Police Officer/Corporal with the City of Sierra Vista, Ryan a Firefighter/Paramedic with the City of Sierra Vista, and Corey, an Apprentice Lineman with the Sulphur Springs Valley Electric Cooperative.
|Dr. Kelli Ward was first elected Chairwoman of the Republican Party of Arizona on January 26, 2019, and is the first woman to be elected Chair of the State Party in over thirty years. On January 23, 2021, she was reelected to serve her second term after successfully defending our Republican majorities in the State House, the State Senate, and the Arizona Corporation Commission. Dr. Ward graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Duke University, and graduated top of her class from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Health (MPH), is a family physician, has served as a lawmaker, and ran her small business for nearly two decades in Lake Havasu City, Arizona. |
Dr. Ward is focused on bringing her conservative bona fides and winning track record as Chair to the fight against the onslaught of liberal policies assailing our state. Going forward, she will continue to work to unify Republicans and win more elections in 2022.
As a wife and a mom, preserving liberty, freedom, and opportunity in our country is her primary objective. As Chairwoman, she is putting her experience as a physician, small business owner, and lawmaker to work to ensure more Republican victories up and down the ballot. As we head into the 2022 election cycle, she will continue to use her expertise, experience, and abilities to fight for Republican wins and to keep America First.
|Tyler Bowyer is a 7th Generation Arizonan and conservative activist. He has served as Republican Precinct Committeeman, Congressional Advisory Chairman, Republican Legislative District Chairman, Republican County Chairman of the largest Republican-held County in America and was a primary organizer and speaker at the first Trump Rally in July of 2015.|
Tyler joined Charlie Kirk at Turning Point USA in 2015 later becoming Chief Operating Officer(COO) overseeing the nation’s largest and most impactful field program, organizing the nation’s largest activist events and reaching hundreds of millions in digital initiatives. In 2019, he also took on the role of COO of Turning Point Action the 501(c)(4) organization that operates the nationwide youth effort Students for Trump.
Tyler resides in Mesa, Arizona with his wife Lauren and three kids, Brooks, Nell and Quincy, and is a graduate of Arizona State University.
|Alexander Kolodin is the president of Kolodin Law Group PLLC. This past election season, he represented President Trump’s full slate of Arizona electors alongside co-counsel Sidney Powell. In another matter, he obtained a ruling from the Arizona Supreme Court that Maricopa County was attempting to provide early voters with illegal and unconstitutional instructions. He is currently litigating a suit against Minority Leader Charlene Fernandez, alleging that she defamed Reps. Finchem and Kern by accusing them of participating in the Capitol riot.|
In 2014, Mr. Kolodin litigated one of the first cases establishing that metadata stored on election tabulator computers is a public record under Arizona law. He previously taught business law at Grand Canyon University’s Colangelo College of Business and currently serves on the board of directors of the Arizona School Choice Trust and as legal counsel to the Arizona Republican Party.
Mr. Kolodin graduated, cum laude, from Georgetown University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he was a Dean’s Fellow.