City of Tucson Candidate
Tucson City Council Ward 6
*Mariano Rodriguez (R)
Mariano Rodriguez was born in Mexico City, Mexico and immigrated to the United States to live with his Aunt and Uncle at the age of 9. He graduated from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana with his degree in Architecture and moved to Tucson in 1987 where he realized his dream of becoming an American Citizen.
Mariano has experienced the challenges as well as the rewards faced by many who have immigrated to the United States and is able to relate to the unique and diverse needs of our community. He can bring a much needed perspective to our City Council; one that represents the traditional values that are so dear to many of us regardless of our background. Mariano stands for: Family, hard work, pride, compassion and accountability.
Mariano’s employment history has allowed him to develop his skills as a listener as well as strengthen his skills as a team leader. Currently as an Architect /Business owner, Mariano continues to work throughout our community to transform ideas and thoughts into homes, developments and businesses.
These skill sets and discipline are the tools that Mariano Rodriguez will utilize to empower our community, small businesses, and our City. By engaging our council to look beyond what has been established and bringing new ideas and new visions, Mariano’s leadership will reassure the community, and our workforce that the City Council can work together to better our city, and build a brighter Tucson.
Candidate for Legislative District 14 State Senate
*David Gowan (R)
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David Gowan was first elected to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2009 and served all 8 years. He was elected to House Speaker by majority vote. He resides in Sierra Vista in Legislative District 14, which also encompasses the South East Pima County(Vail, Rita Ranch, Corona de Tucson and Summerhaven) and all of Cochise County, Graham County, and Geenlee County.
David Gowan was the Chairman of the House Military Affairs & Public Safety Committee, and also served on the Government Committee. Gowan, prior to his last term, was also appointed by the Speaker of the House to serve as the Co-Chair for his Joint Legislative Committee on Homeland Security. In addition, he serves as the Treasurer for the Arizona Legislators for Wildlife Caucus.
During his time at the legislature, Representative Gowan has been extremely successful in passing legislation. Much of his focus has been aimed at making Arizona the most veteran friendly state within the union. He has previously helped secure funding for the Southern Arizona’s Veteran’s Home that is now being built in Tucson. Recently, he orchestrated a monumental military benefits package, which among other things, makes Arizona campuses more veteran supportive, helps disabled veterans navigate bureaucracy when obtaining special license plates, and encourages government contracts for veteran-owned businesses. In the current 2012 session, Representative Gowan passed HB 2428, which allows a veteran to obtain an identification card and driver license with a veteran designation from the Arizona Department of Transportation.
He has also been instrumental in enacting legislation on behalf of the Boy Scouts of America, including securing them accessible recreational areas, creating a special license plate with proceeds benefiting the organization, and championing a law in 2010 to make the 100th anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America officially recognizable by the state of Arizona.
In recognition of his efforts, Representative Gowan had received several awards and recognitions while serving at the House of Representatives. Gowan was given the Spirit of Business Award from the Tucson Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce for his “work passing legislation that impacts the region in a positive manner and promotes a strong local economy.” David Gowan was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation from the U.S. Department of Defense, signed by Robert L. Gordan, III, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy, “for his leadership on public policy changes positively impacting the quality of life of Service members and their families residing in Arizona, during the 2011 Legislative Session.” Other past awards and recognitions include:
- Guardian of Small Business Award from the National Federation of Independent Business for “having worked effectively to protect and preserve the future of free enterprise and small business.” (2011)
- U.S. Army Freedom Team Salute for “outstanding contributions to the United States Army and support of Soldiers fighting the Global War on Terrorism.” (2011)
- Award of Sincere Appreciation from the U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground for “year-round support of the Yuma Proving Ground and America’s men and women in uniform.” (2011)
- Seven Seals Award from the United States Assistant Secretary of Defense for “meritorious leadership and initiative in support of the men and women who serve America in the National Guard and Reserve.” (2010)
- Certificate of Appreciation from the Boy Scouts of America – Grand Canyon Council, for “exemplary work in preparation and execution of the 100th Anniversary Celebration.” (2010)
- Certificate of Appreciation from the Arizona Hemophilia Association for help in “enhancing the quality of life in the hemophilia community through education, awareness, and social service.” (2009)
The former House Representative is a proud graduate of the University of Arizona, holding a B.A. in Secondary Education/Social Studies. He has been married to his wife Jessica for 17 years, and they have two sons. Originally hailing from Northern California, they have lived in Arizona since 1993. When he is not busy with legislative business, David enjoys being active at his local church and in his son’s Boy Scouts, where he acts as the Chairman of Troop 408. Representative Gowan has become very engaged in his local educational community where he sits on the Board for Veritas Christian Community School. He is a member of the Sierra Vista ELKS Lodge #2065, and is also a committed martial artist, and is the Chairman of Tai Shin Ki Do Martial Arts System founded by Hanshi Barnes.
Growing up, Representative Gowan learned his core values from his father, Jim, who is himself a military Veteran. And, that is why he now feels very blessed to be serving the ones who protect us everyday abroad and at home as Chairman of the Military Affairs & Public Safety Committee. In his own words, “We ought to be a hub…a shiny beacon of light for all veterans in Arizona. May God bless and protect those who defend and protect us and our freedoms every day! And, to them, I say thank you.”
Candidate for US Senate
*Dr Kelli Ward (R)
Dr Kelli Ward a Wife, mom, Doctor, State Senator — Kelli Ward has a lot to be proud of. From humble beginnings as a coal miner’s granddaughter in West Virginia, Dr. Kelli Ward is a graduate of Duke University, the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, and A.T. Still University. While in medical school, she met her husband Michael, an emergency physician who has served for over 33 years in the US Air Force and Air National Guard. In 1999 they moved to Lake Havasu City, Arizona where they built their family and their businesses.
Dr. Ward provided care to her community through her own private practice, Lakeview Family Healthcare with her mom, Dr. Lorraine Byrd for over 10 years. After selling her practice to a community health center, she began work in the emergency departments in Lake Havasu and Kingman.Kelli entered politics by running for a seat in the Arizona State Senate in her effort to defeat Obamacare. After winning a tough primary election in 2012, she was unopposed when running for reelection in 2014. While serving in office, she continued to practice medicine in the emergency departments in Lake Havasu City and Kingman, Arizona.
Ward was an extremely effective Arizona state senator. During her time in office, she sponsored legislation that enabled small businesses in Arizona to thrive, protected our second amendment, decreased the size of government by consolidating redundant departments, and protected vulnerable students in our schools. In her last year in office, nineteen of her bills were signed into law.
Noted as the most conservative member of the Arizona State Senate, in 2015 she announced her candidacy for the United States Senate against 34-year incumbent John McCain in the Republican primary in the 2016 election. Despite being outspent 10 to 1, Kelli held McCain to his lowest historical primary total ever at 51%.
In October, Kelli announced that she will challenge Republican Senator Jeff Flake, one of President Trump’s biggest foes, in the 2018 primary election. She is building her team and looks forward to working for the people of Arizona in the U.S. Senate.