LaFaro Builds Grassroots Team to Seek Maricopa County GOP Leadership Positions


Phoenix, Arizona, November 8, 2012  -A. J. LaFaro, candidate for Chairman of the Maricopa County Republican Committee (MCRC), announced today that he has built a team of candidates running for each of the MCRC Executive Officer positions.  LaFaro has been busy meeting with Legislative Districts, Republican Clubs, and Tea Party Organizations throughout Maricopa County introducing himself and discussing his ideas for strengthening the party at the county level.

He has recruited running mates who are hard working grassroots conservatives who are able to provide the experience and proven leadership qualities Maricopa County Republicans expect and deserve.

LaFaro has teamed up with the following outstanding individuals to run side-by-side with him in the election to be held on January 12, 2013, at the statutory MCRC Annual Meeting.

April Riggins, candidate for First Vice Chairman

April is currently an elected Precinct Committeeman, State Committeeman, a Member-At-Large from CD6, and was selected as one of the A Alternate Delegates to the Republican National Convention recently held in Tampa.  She is Past Chairman of the LD7 Republicans and served as First Vice Chairman and Treasurer prior to that. She is a graduate of the Dodie Londen Excellence in Public Service Series achieving a position of outstanding leadership for Republicans for the 21st Century.  Over the years, April has worked tirelessly as a precinct committeeman, poll worker, poll watcher, ballot auditor and leader within the Republican Party. Her efforts have not gone without numerous peer recognitions and she has received widely respected awards.

Jose Borrajero, candidate for Second Vice Chairman.

Jose is currently an elected Precinct Committeeman, State Committeeman, Secretary LD15 Republicans, Communications Director for the Arizona Latino Republican Association (ALRA) and was elected as one of the A Delegates to the Republican National Convention recently held in Tampa.

He is founder and leader of Arizona’s “Rapid Response Team,” a statewide network of grass roots activists whose mission is to advance conservative legislation via citizen input, and to constantly monitor the legislative activities of our State Senators and Representatives.

Jose also brings a valuable Latino connection to LaFaro’s team. As a leading member of ALRA, Jose has developed a strong working relationship with the major Spanish news networks whereby he provides live on camera and radio commentary, in fluent native Spanish, whenever events take place that affect the community and the Republican Party. This relationship is unprecedented and invaluable as Arizona Republicans continue to promote their conservative point of view to the very same audience Democrats are counting on to turn Arizona Blue.

Jose’s efforts and hard work have not gone without the recognition they rightly deserve. He is the recipient of the 2012 Lincoln Day “Defender of the Constitution” Award and the 2012 Americans for Prosperity “Activist of the Year” Award.

Jeni White, candidate for Secretary

Jeni is currently an elected Precinct Committeeman, State Committeeman, Chairman LD18 Republicans, Member of the Arizona Republican Party (AZGOP) By Laws Committee and AZGOP’s Official Event Photographer.  She is Past Chairman of the LD20 Republicans and served as Second Vice Chairman prior to that. She is Co-founder of the Ahwatukee Tea Party Organization.

Jeni has been active in the Republican Party since 2000 and became a precinct committeeman in 2010. During the 2010 election cycle, Jeni and other precinct committeemen from LD20 developed a Get Out The Vote (GOTV) effort that redefined the model to a new level of effectiveness and excellence. David Schweikert attributed LD20’s GOTV effort in 2010 as the reason for his landslide victory.

In 2012, Jeni and her LD18 Republicans did not slow down – they actually stepped up their game. Their blitzkrieg ground and air attack of 30,000 lit drop bags and follow-up phone calls made the winning difference in LD18.  She will modestly tell you she is the rookie on the team; however, because of her
commitment to the grassroots conservative movement and the Republican Party,  she has helped accomplish more in three short years than many Republicans accomplish in a lifetime.  Jeni is a doer not a talker.

David Ludwig, candidate for Treasurer (Incumbent)

David is currently an elected Precinct Committeeman, State Committeeman, Treasurer of the MCRC (Incumbent), Member of the Republican Jewish Coalition, and has been Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Washington Elementary School District, for the past 17 years.  He is Past Sergeant at Arms LD11 Republicans and recognized as LD11’s Outstanding Precinct Committeeman two years in a row.

The fiduciary responsibilities of the MCRC Treasurer are clearly defined and extremely important. David’s two years of experience in this position brings a great deal to the leadership team.

A. J. LaFaro, candidate for Chairman

A. J. is currently an elected Precinct Committeeman, Chairman AZGOP Statewide Voter and PEVL Registration, Chairman MCRC GOTV Strategic Planning, Founding Member AZGOP Military and Veterans Services (MAVS) Committee, Board Member Arizona Conservative Educators (ACE), Member AZGOP By-Laws Committee and Member MCRC By-Laws Committee.

A. J. is also Past Chairman of the LD17 Republicans. He authored the Arizona Republican Party and MCRC Resolutions condemning the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission (AIRC), which passed unanimously.  He testified everyday at the Arizona Joint Legislative Committee investigating the AIRC.

As LaFaro travels throughout Maricopa County, he is meeting a lot of hardworking people committed to making America great again. He is humbled that an overwhelming majority of the Precinct Committeemen, current Legislative District Chairmen, elected officials in Maricopa County, and County Republican Chairmen from across the state agree that he and his team have the proven skills, accomplishments, and unselfish passion to keep Arizona Red – Dark Red! LaFaro and his running mates will continue to reach out to Republican precinct committeemen and leadership seeking their help, support, and votes on January 12, 2013, as their campaign progresses during the coming months.

Front left going clockwise – Jeni White, Jose Borrajero, April Riggins, A. J. LaFaro, David Ludwig