July 15, 2022 Media, Press Releases

Mark Kelly for Senate Launches “Republicans for Kelly”


Republicans and Independents Back Kelly, Showing Growing Momentum, Wide Coalition

Today, Mark Kelly for Senate announced the formation of “Republicans for Kelly,” a coalition launching with nearly 50 Republican and Independent leaders across Arizona – including elected officials, small business owners, and community leaders who have come together to endorse Senator Kelly’s re-election campaign. In their endorsements, these Arizonans praised Kelly’s willingness to work with anyone, regardless of political party, to bring good-paying jobs to the state, lower costs, and make Washington work for Arizona, not corporations.

Repeatedly ranked one of the most bipartisan members of the Senate, Kelly has proven he is willing to work with anyone to deliver results for Arizona. Kelly led and shaped the historic bipartisan infrastructure law that will fix roads and bridges, invest in Arizona’s water infrastructure, and expand high-speed internet. He spearheaded the bipartisan effort to pass legislation that will increase microchip manufacturing in Arizona, create jobs, ease supply chain demands, and help us out-compete and out-innovate our adversaries like China. And, working with his Republican colleagues, Kelly secured federal resources to help make the process at our southern border more secure, orderly, and humane.

“I’m grateful to have the support of so many elected officials, small business owners, and community leaders across our state. I’m focused on representing Arizonans – all Arizonans – and I’ll keep working with Republicans and Democrats to support hardworking families and get our economy back on track,” said Senator Mark Kelly. “Arizonans are facing real challenges right now, and we need to put our state ahead of party politics. I’m proud of the diverse, growing coalition of folks supporting this campaign and propelling us forward towards November.”

Read what Republicans and Independents across the state had to say in support of Kelly:

“I have enjoyed working with Senator Kelly – it’s clear he cares about Arizonans and what matters to them. He has engaged with the City of Mesa in multiple ways, helping revitalize our downtown with needed federal investments being just one of them. I appreciate his constant desire to serve the people he represents in Washington, and that’s why I am proud to support him for reelection,” said Mayor John Giles of Mesa, AZ.  

“As a small town Mayor and an Independent, I care that my elected representatives take the time to visit my community and listen to our needs. Senator Kelly has done both and has proven himself to be a trusted federal partner for Eloy. He’s an efficient, down-to-earth leader, which is why I’m proud to support him again.” – Mayor Micah Powell, Eloy, AZ

“Senator Kelly has had an open-door policy for me as I sought support for the passage of bills that would be beneficial to the residents of Peoria, Arizona. I appreciate his knowledge, involvement, and efforts concerning these important issues,” added Mayor Cathy Carlat of Peoria, AZ.

“I am proud to support Senator Kelly for re-election because he is focused on delivering results for our state. That means bringing good jobs, securing our water future, listening to what Arizona communities need and making sure that Washington works for us. Casa Grande is growing fast and will need a great partner to work with in the Senate, and that partner is Senator Kelly,” said Mayor Craig McFarland of Casa Grande, AZ

“Since the day he was elected, Senator Kelly has worked for all constituents in Arizona. He clearly cares about the agriculture industry and he actively brings together local stakeholders to solve problems. Mark Kelly is an excellent Senator – he is open-minded, cooperative, and always thinks of ways to improve the way things are. That’s what makes him the right fit to keep doing this job,” said Yuma-area farmer Vic Smith, CEO of JV Smith Companies.

“I’m supporting Senator Mark Kelly because he is working for rural Arizona in Washington. Whether he’s here in person listening to our town’s needs or constantly calling to check up on us or give us updates on our asks, I know that I have a hard-working partner in Senator Kelly, and that’s why I’m voting for him this November,” said John Leech, Mayor of Show Low, AZ.

“From my days working with Senator McCain, I know what a true public servant looks like. It means putting your constituents first, having open lines of communication, and doing the right thing regardless of political aim. Senator Kelly displays those qualities every day when he’s working diligently to make Arizonans’ lives better. That’s why I’m proud to support him in his bid for re-election.” – Max Fose, President and CEO of Fose + McKay and former Political Advisor to Senator John McCain

“Senator Kelly is in touch with small business owners, listens to our concerns, always talks to us straight, and doesn’t get bogged down in all the raucous political insults that have, unfortunately, become the ‘norm’ of our time. I believe Senator Kelly is a true representative to those of us who ‘put our heads down and get to work,’” said Kevin Heinonen, owner of Tinderbox Kitchen in Flagstaff, AZ. 

“Now, more than ever, our Nation needs proven, combat-tested leaders, who will put country before party. Our Nation needs Senator Mark Kelly,” said Paul Charlton, Former U.S. Attorney under President George W. Bush.

This coalition launch is the second from the re-election campaign and is just the latest sign of momentum. In the past month, Mark Kelly for Senate also launched “Latinos for Kelly,” a coalition of over 100 Latino leaders backing Kelly. And just this week, the campaign announced it raised $13.6 million in the second quarter. Today’s launch of “Republicans for Kelly” signifies the growing and diverse number of Arizonans rallying behind Kelly’s re-election.

The full list of Republicans and Independents for Kelly can be found below: 

David Adame, President & CEO Chicanos Por La Causa

Steve Alameda, Yuma Farmer

Reginald M Ballantyne III, Business Leader

Karen Bond, Mayor of Parker

Sam Campana, Former Mayor of Scottsdale

Cathy Carlat, Mayor of Peoria

Paul Charlton, Former U.S. Attorney under President George W. Bush

Patricia Coughlin, Local Government Relations

Uday Dalvi, DataWorks CEO

Michael DeBell, Business Leader

Jack Dillenberg, Mayor of Jerome

Bruce Dusenberry, Business and Community Leader

Peter Fine, Business Leader

Max Fose, President and CEO of Fose + McKay

Tyler Francis, Chairman of SRP Council

Susan Gerard, Former Arizona State Senator

Judy Gignac, Former Cochise County Supervisor, Former Chair of the Arizona Board of Regents

John Giles, Mayor of Mesa

Pete Hershberger, Former Arizona State Representative

Kevin Hienonen, Small Business Owner

Brooks Hilliard, Business Leader

Jerry Hirsch, Business Leader

Donald Huish, Mayor of Douglas

Paul Johnson, Former Mayor of Phoenix, CEO of Redirect Health

John Leech Jr, Mayor of Show Low

Jack Lunsford, President of Lunsford Group

Diane McCarthy, Former State Senator

Bill McDonald, Douglas Rancher

Craig McFarland, Mayor of Casa Grande

David McIntyre, President and CEO of TriWest Healthcare Alliance

Francis Najafi, Business Leader

Dionne Najafi, Business Leader

Frank Naughton, Tucson Small Business Owner

Bettina Nava, Former State Director for Senator John McCain

Peggy Neely, Former Vice Mayor of Phoenix

David Ortega, Mayor of Scottsdale

Micah Powell, Mayor of Eloy

Christian Price, Former Mayor of Maricopa City

Tommi Pryor, Small Business Owner

Lance Reynolds, Business Leader

Marc Sandroff, Business Leader

Robbie Shaw, Former Arizona State Representative

David Smith, Former Mayor of Bisbee

Vic Smith, Yuma JV Smith Companies

Roberta Voss, Former Arizona State Representative