After publishing Gilbert Watch and Gila Watch – Republican Choices in the Primary, a friend noticed I had omitted Jay Lawrence, who is running for an Arizona House seat in LD23. It was an accidental oversight on my part! Lynne Breyer, the LD23 Secretary noted, "Both Michelle Ugenti (LD23) and Jay Lawrence have been endorsed by U.S. Representative David Schweikert, CD 6, who hardly ever endorses anyone, as well as Sheriff Arpaio and many other Arizona conservatives. Yes, we know that Jay was a registered Democrat until 2012.
"However, he is a Republican Precinct Committeeman in LD23. He’s adamantly against both common core and medicaid expansion and wants to be instrumental in ridding our state of both. He is also strongly pro-life and pro-traditional marriage. In his nearly 25 years as a talk show host with KTAR, Jay interviewed many politicians, conservatives, and non-conservatives alike. That is where he had the chance to thoroughly understand both sides and why he landed in strong conservative thinking. He also became very well acquainted with issues facing our state through that outlet. Jay is also a strong constitutionalist, believing that document is the true guideline for our state.
"Jay is an Air Force veteran who supports national and local law enforcement agencies. Jay has worked in the real estate business with MCO Properties in Fountain Hills, the company that was instrumental in shaping the future of that community."