Quail Creek Republican Club May Meeting

Friday, May 20, 2022 
Coffee 8:30 AM, Meeting 9:00 AM 
Kino Conference Center 
Ocotillo/Mesquite Rooms 

Featured Speakers:

Brandon Martin

Candidate for U.S. Representative for Arizona District 6

  • People’s and President Trump’s choice for the 2020 Republican nominee for Congressional District 2
  • Served in the U.S. Army Reserves for 11 years as an interrogator and intelligence source operator
  • Served a tour in Afghanistan collecting intelligence on enemy combatants

Jeff Weninger

Candidate for Arizona Treasurer

  • Arizona Representative for District 17 in the Arizona House of Representatives, Chairman of the House Commerce Committee and serves on the House Banking and Insurance and Ways and Means committees
  • Co-Owner of two local restaurant concepts with several locations throughout the Phoenix area
  • Served on the Chandler City Council and held the position of Vice Mayor

Shiry Sapir

Candidate for Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction

  • Successful Real Estate Broker, Property Manager and General Contractor
  • Self-employed entrepreneur and mother of three young children

April 2022 Featured Speakers

Blake Masters

Candidate for United States Senate

  • CEO of Thiel Capital, a multi-billion-dollar firm that invests in new technology companies, and the Thiel Foundation, a nonprofit foundation that promotes science and innovation
  • Co-authored the #1 New York Times bestseller “Zero to One” 
  • Attended Stanford University and Stanford Law School

Matt Salmon

Candidate for Arizona Governor

  • Served in both the Arizona Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives
  • Executive with a major telecommunications firm in Arizona
  • Attended Arizona State University and Brigham Young University

Andrew Gould

Candidate for Arizona Attorney General

  • Associate Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court (2016– 2021)
  • Judge of the Arizona Court of Appeals (2012-2016)
  • Graduate of the University of Montana and Northwestern University School of Law

Mark Finchem

Candidate for Arizona Secretary of State

  • A member of the Arizona House of Representatives representing District 11
  • Held positions with a software manufacturer and real estate broker
  • Worked for the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety and retired in 1999
  • Graduate of Grand Canyon University

Two Candidates Added to the March 18, 2022 Meeting Roundup

Nick Myers

Candidate for Arizona Corporation Commission

  • Policy Advisor at the Arizona Corporation Commission
  • Restored water service to a local community that had their water removed arbitrarily and capriciously by the local utility
  • Helped a customer who was discriminated against by a utility with her formal complaint, and ultimate settlement with the utility
  • Initiated a groundbreaking effort within the state of Arizona that culminated in getting an interim manager installed into a Class A utility that had been abusing customers and ratepayer money for over 20 years; ultimately leading to the sale of the utility to a reputable water company

Kevin Thompson

Candidate for Arizona Corporation Commission

  • Mesa, AZ City Council Member
  • Chair of the National League of Cities Economic Development Committee, American Public Gas Associations Public Policy Committee, at the State level as immediate past President of the Arizona Municipal Water Users Association
  • Small Business Owner
  • Air Force Combat Veteran

 Republican Candidate Diane Priolo will announce her candidacy for Sahuarita Town Council.

March 2022 Featured Speakers

Featured Speakers: 
Karrin Taylor Robson

Candidate for Arizona Governor

  • Founder and President of Arizona Strategies, a premier land use strategy firm
  • Appointed by Governor Doug Ducey to the Arizona Board of Regents
  • Served as vice chair of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council
  • Serves as a member of the Civic Leader Group for the Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force
  • Served as the honorary commander of Luke Air Force Base

Abraham Hamadeh

Candidate for Arizona Attorney General

  • Intelligence officer in the U.S. Army Reserve
  • Former prosecutor of the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office
  • Graduate of Arizona State University and the University of Arizona College of Law

Shawnna Bolick

Candidate for Arizona Secretary of State

  • Member of Arizona House of Representatives, 20th District
  • Appointed by Governor Doug Ducey to serve on Arizona’s Early Childhood Education and Health Board
  • Serves as a board member to Benchmark School
  • School board member for BASIS Scottsdale’s advisory board
  • Worked for U.S. Senator, Rick Santorum and policy researcher at The Heritage Foundation
  • Graduate of Syracuse University and American University

February Featured Speakers

Lacy Cooper

Candidate for Arizona Attorney General Former State & Federal Prosecutor Civil Litigator 
Border Security Section Chief in the US Attorneys Office 
Graduate of Texas A&M and Univ. of Texas Law School 

Kathleen Winn

Candidate for U.S House of Representatives, District 6
27 years in Banking & Real Estate 
Community Outreach & Education Director Ariz. AG Office 
Former Television Reporter in Tucson 
Graduate of the University of Arizona 

And Maybe More! 

January Featured Speakers – Michelle Ugenti-Rita & Juan Ciscomani

The Quail Creek Republican Club will kick off this 2022 election year with two of our Republican candidates in the primary election — State Senator Michelle Ugenti-Rita running for Secretary of State, and Juan Ciscomani, running for Congress in the new Congressional District 6. Michelle will also install the Quail Creek Republican officers for 2022. Be there!

Wine & Cheese Board Meeting

In the final meeting of the year, the 2021 Quail Creek Republican Club Board of Directors is hosting the Annual Wine & Cheese event. It will feature the election of the new 2022 Board and summary of exciting events for 2022, a midterm election year! The meeting is open to all 2021 active members at no charge. Please come, enjoy talking with like-minded folks, and meet the new 2022 Board Members.  RSVP to Rich Ulery (rlulery@sbcglobal.net) by December 10.

Membership renewal for 2022 will be accepted at this meeting.  Renewal membership forms will be available, or you can bring the form enclosed in the renewal letter sent to you in early December. 


Featured Speaker:
Shelley Kais
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.