August 1, 2016… Gary Kiehne, the grassroots, conservative candidate for Congress in Arizona’s First Congressional District received the coveted endorsement of the White Mountain Independent Editorial Board.
The Republican primary for Congressional District 1 has a crowded field of candidates, including a few who have questionable claims of living in the district.
The list includes Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu, former Arizona Senate President and Secretary of State Ken Bennett, current Arizona House Speaker David Gowan, businessman and rancher Gary Kiehne, businessman Shawn Redd and former Lt. Col. Wendy Rogers.
District 1 sprawls over 58,000 square miles through 11 of the state’s 15 counties, contains seven national forests and is home to 12 Native American tribes. The rural district is home to many of the industries that the state’s economy was built on — from agriculture, mining and manufacturing to retail and tourism. The voter registration in CD1 makes it one of the more competitive districts in the country.
The 1st District needs someone to champion policy to protect our forests, build jobs by using natural resources and encouraging tourism and to fight regulation that could close three of the area’s power plants.
Gary Kiehne is that champion. A Springerville native with residences in Eagar and Casa Grande, Kiehne has private sector experience in ranching, oil and gas, trucking and the hotel industry. He understands the issues rural Arizona is facing because he has experienced them.
During this election cycle, Gowan embarrassed himself by misusing state resources. And twice over the last year, Babeu has been questioned for his department’s use of RICO funds.
While working at a general store, an employee of this newspaper witnessed Kiehne give his truck and trailer to a complete stranger at a moment’s notice because that person’s horses needed to be moved immediately from a pasture 50-some miles away and he had no other means to do it.
When Kiehne thought nobody was watching, he did the right thing.
On the other hand, while they thought nobody was looking, Gowan and Babeu likely made questionable decisions. And aside from their credentials, that’s what sets them apart.
Kiehne is authentic and exemplifies the kind of representative the state’s rural district needs. For that reason, we recommend you vote for Gary Kiehne.
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.