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July 11, 2016…Today, Gary Kiehne, a rancher, small business owner and the grassroots candidate running to represent Arizona’s First Congressional District announced that former Congressman and presidential candidate Duncan Hunter has endorsed his campaign.


“It is my sincere pleasure to lend my support and endorsement to Gary Kiehne in the race for Arizona’s First Congressional District,” said Hunter. “A successful business owner, job creator and someone with the conviction to stand up to the establishment on both sides of the aisle, Gary will be a tremendous representative in Congress for Arizona and the nation. I stand by his “Border Plan” and believe he is the only candidate running who has the understanding and tenacity necessary to finally secure Arizona’s southern border to stop the influx of crime and drugs, and prevent those who seek to harm us on our own soil from entering the country. Please join me in supporting Gary Kiehne For Congress.”


Hunter served in Congress for 28 years as a California representative, during which time he was known as one of the staunchest opponents of illegal immigration in the House of Representatives. Hunter wrote the law that called for the construction of a border fence on the U.S.-Mexico border between San Diego and Tijuana in order to stop drug smuggling and illegal immigration. Following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, in the wake of increased security concerns, Hunter helped author the Secure Fence Act, a bill that called for the expansion of that fence across our southern states. Hunter is a veteran of the Vietnam War, staunch conservative and 2008 presidential candidate.


“I am honored to accept the endorsement of fellow conservative Duncan Hunter,” said Kiehne in response to this endorsement. “Throughout his time in Congress, Hunter was one of the strongest, most reliable advocates for conservative solutions. He fought to curtail illegal immigration, secure our borders, and keep our nation safe. I look forward to continuing that important work as your next U.S. Congressman.”


Gary Kiehne is anything but a politician. He’s never held elected office and is running to bring his successes in small business to fight for us. Kiehne believes it’s time for true change, because the establishment on both sides of the aisle, driven by career politicians, is simply not getting the job done.


Kiehne has spent his life in the private sector, creating jobs and growing his small businesses in the oil, ranching, construction, real estate and hotel industries. He knows what it will take to restore fiscal prosperity to rural Arizona, and that starts by reining in Washington’s culture of spending, fixing the tax code and shrinking the size of a federal government that is too big.


In November, Gary was named to the first round of “On the Radar” candidates by the National Republican Congressional Committee, a national display of momentum for his candidacy.


Born in Springerville, Apache County, Gary Kiehne is an Arizona cattleman and small business owner. He owns three hotels in Arizona’s 1st Congressional District and works in the oil and gas industry. Gary and his wife Julie have three children, Mendy, Holly and Chance, and four young grandchildren. A roper, Gary is a member of the United States Team Roping Association and the World Series of Team Roping. An avid outdoorsman, Gary is a lifelong member of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and belongs to the National Rifle Association.


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