August 22, 2016…Today, the Kiehne for Congress campaign announced the endorsement of former State Senator Al Melvin, the latest in a long line of endorsements leading up to next week’s Republican primary.
“I am proud to support Gary Kiehne in the Congressional District 1 primary,” said Melvin. “Gary believes in smaller government and common sense reforms. He is both fiscally and socially conservative. He is the ONLY candidate who has actual solutions to the important issues our country faces today. Gary can win the election in November against the Democrat candidate. I encourage everyone to vote for Gary Kiehne in the Congressional District 1 primary!”
Al Melvin is a former State Senator in the First District, as well as an educator, businessman and veteran.
“I am thrilled to have Al’s endorsement in this critical race, and am energized by the momentum that continues to grow for our campaign,” said Kiehne. “Arizonans are uniting behind our campaign focused on creating commonsense solutions to the problems our district and our nation face. I will proudly fight for those solutions as your next United States Congressman.”
In November, Kiehne 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. Kiehne has been endorsed by dozens of local leaders and influencers in Arizona’s First Congressional District, along with several local organizations, publications, Arizona’s Speaker of the House David Gowan, and Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
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.