Younger, fresher faces take AZ Republican Party Leadership by storm
Although precinct committeemen in John McCain’s stronghold state Legislative District 28 came armed with scores of proxies, they failed to win the Maricopa County Republican chairman election for McCain’s candidate, Lisa Gray, on the first ballot.
Prior to the second vote, the third place candidate Tom Morrissey took to the microphone to endorse Tyler Bowyer.
In the first vote, Bowyer finished 10-percentage points behind Gray —- indicative of the conservative vote split. Once Morrissey threw his support to Bowyer, the united conservative vote overcame McCain’s candidate.
Three other winning candidates were First Vice Chair, Jeni White; Second Vice Chair, Aaron Borders; Secretary, Matt Eberle; and Treasurer David Ludwig, who ran unopposed and was elected by acclimation.
Newcomer Aaron Borders was helped in his campaign by an endorsement from popular Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was the only one in the gathering of 2000 elected and proxy carrying precinct committeeman and elected officials who received two standing ovations.
No bylaw changes were proposed.