Small Business PAC Announces Primary Election Endorsements

Date: June 21, 2020

Bipartisan list of candidates for Arizona House and Arizona Senate earn Main Street’s support

Contact: Chad Heinrich, Arizona State Director, [email protected]
or Tony Malandra, Senior Media Manager, [email protected]

PHOENIX, June 22, 2020—The political action committee for Arizona’s leading small-business association today announced its Primary Election endorsements for the Arizona House of Representatives and Arizona Senate. The election will be on August 4. Early ballots will be mailed July 8.

The endorsements were made by the NFIB AZ PAC, the political arm of NFIB Arizona. The 46 endorsed candidates are all current or recent legislative officeholders who scored 70% or better on key small business issues at the Arizona State Legislature. A brief description of the six issues from the 2019 and 2020 regular sessions and every current legislator’s vote on those issues can be read here.

After the Primary Election, the NFIB AZ PAC will make further legislative endorsements of candidates running for open seats and candidates challenging incumbents. Those endorsements will be based on the candidate’s answers to a questionnaire and/or live interviews.

“The candidates we endorse have proven to be friends of small business by deeds not just words,” said Chad Heinrich, NFIB’s Arizona state director. “It takes guts to run for office and courage to stand up to the many entrenched interests at the State Capitol. These candidates should be commended for voting with Arizona’s small business owners.”

The candidates endorsed were:

District 1
Karen Fann – Senate
District 2
Daniel Hernandez – House
District 3
Alma Hernandez – House
District 5
Sonny Borrelli – Senate
Leo Biasiucci – House
Regina Cobb – House
District 6
Sylvia Allen – Senate
Brenda Barton – House
Walter “Walt” Blackman – House
District 8
Thomas “T.J.” Shope – Senate
David Cook – House
Frank Pratt – House
District 11
Venden “Vince” Leach – Senate
Mark Finchem – House
Bret Roberts – House
District 12
Warren Petersen – Senate
Travis Grantham – House
District 13
Sine Kerr – Senate
Timothy “Tim” Dunn – House
Joanne Osborne – House
District 14
David Gowan – Senate
Gail Griffin – House
Becky Nutt – House
District 16
Kelly Townsend – Senate
John Fillmore – House
District 17
J.D. Mesnard – Senate
Jeff Weninger – House
District 18
Sean Bowie – Senate
Bob Robson – House
District 20
Paul Boyer – Senate
Shawnna Bolick – House
Anthony Kern – House
District 21
Rick Gray – Senate
Kevin Payne – House
District 22
David Livingston – Senate
Frank Carroll – House
Ben Toma – House
District 23
Michelle Ugenti-Rita – Senate
Jay Lawrence – House
John Kavanagh – House
District 25
Tyler Pace – Senate
Russell W. “Rusty” Bowers – House
Michelle Udall – House
District 28
Kate Brophy McGee – Senate
District 29
Cesar Chavez – House
District 30
Robert Meza – House
Keep up with the latest on Arizona small-business at or by following NFIB on Twitter @NFIB_AZ


For more than 77 years, NFIB has been advocating on behalf of America’s small and independent business owners, both in Washington, D.C., and in all 50 state capitals. NFIB is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, and member-driven association. Since its founding in 1943, NFIB has been exclusively dedicated to small and independent businesses and remains so today. For more information, please visit

NFIB Arizona
24 W. Camelback Rd. #A252
Phoenix, AZ 85013
Twitter: @NFIB_AZ


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