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
“He understands the district,” Gowan said. “I believe he is the right one that can win this in the general.”
“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.
“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.
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.