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August 12, 2016…Yesterday, Gary Kiehne was honored to announce he received the coveted endorsement of former competitor in the race for Arizona’s First Congressional District, Speaker of the Arizona House David Gowan.

Highlights from media coverage of the endorsement are below:

Casa Grande Dispatch: Gowan drops out of CD1 race, endorses Kiehne

Gowan called Kiehne the “most conservative” of the remaining candidates in the race and the one best qualified to defeat the Democratic candidate in November.
“He understands the district,” Gowan said. “I believe he is the right one that can win this in the general.”


KJZZ 91.5: David Gowan Drops Out Of Arizona Congressional Race, Endorses Gary KiehneGowan said in a statement that Kiehne is a solid conservative and the candidate who will be able to get enough support in the general election to win.

“Questions about Babeu from his time running the sheriff’s office provide so much fodder for Democrats that choosing him as the GOP nominee will set up a general election loss.”

The Arizona Republic: David Gowan to end congressional bid, back Gary KiehneAs he exited the race, Gowan said his goal now is to ensure the defeat of Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu, widely viewed as the front-runner for the Republican nomination.


Politico: Gowan drops out of AZ-01 GOP race, endorses KiehneArizona state House Speaker David Gowan dropped out of the race for an open House seat in Arizona on Thursday, less than three weeks before the GOP primary.

“For all of our various differences, what every other candidate in this race can agree on is that Paul Babeu must not be our nominee if we are to prevail in November,” Gowan said in a statement. “The baggage he brings to the race simply cannot survive the millions of dollars that the Democrats will bring to this race and we have no reason to believe that the Republican Party will spend millions of dollars trying to save such a lost cause, particularly not with so many other critical races going on around the country.”

Arizona Range News: David Gowan Suspends Campaign, Endorses Gary Kiehne

Today, David Gowan announced that he was suspending his campaign for Arizona’s First Congressional District and endorsing the candidacy of Republican Gary Kiehne.


“Every candidate polling this race knows that the candidate best positioned to stop Paul Babeu is Gary Kiehne.  Gary’s a solid conservative and the candidate who will be able to coalesce enough support in the General Election to win this very important seat.  I believe he will represent our district with honor, integrity, and the utmost commitment to conservative principles.  So I am suspending my campaign, endorsing Gary, and will be encouraging all of my supporters to help Gary over the finish line.  Further, I respectfully ask the rest of the conservatives in the field to both consider and make the same decision.”

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.  Kiehne has been endorsed by dozens of local leaders and influencers in Arizona’s First Congressional District, along with several local organizations and publications. 

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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