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August 11, 2016…Gary Kiehne, a rancher, small business owner and the grassroots candidate running to represent Arizona’s First Congressional District was endorsed by the Southern Arizona News-Examiner publication.
The Southern Arizona News-Examiner issued the following comments about their endorsement for Kiehne:

“Unlike Gowan, Babeu and Bennett, Gary doesn’t need the job. He’s spent more of his own money than he’ll ever get back. Unlike Babeu, Bennett and Rogers, he not only actually lives in CD1 but was born there. As a working businessman and rancher, he knows and understands the myriad of issues and problems of the multiple communities and issues that make up CD1. As one small example, ask any of the candidates to name the Indian tribes represented in CD1 – most will stop after Apache, Hopi and Navajo if they get that far.

“Gary is also a GENUINE solid conservative who won’t need to hide the general cowardice we get from too many faux conservatives who maintain a great voting record on symbolic issues and take a dive when the real stuff comes up – or worse, don’t let it come up at all.

“Gary Kiehne is the strongest candidate against the wimpy former Republican state senator from Yavapai County, Tom O’Halleran, handpicked by the Democrat powers that be and the probable winner of their primary. O’Halleran is one of those squishie guys who even walks with a lisp.

“Gary Kiehne can also match or top any of the other candidates on conservative principles and clearly aces most of them on character.

“He is the clear choice in CD1.”

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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