The inauguration of Governor Doug Ducey and our fellow Republicans to every statewide elected office, and to majorities in both legislative chambers, makes the case that Republican leadership and policymaking are what voters are looking for in both good times and bad. The fact that so many GOP candidates were elected, once again, to continue to govern Arizona proves that voters are expecting leadership, solutions, and faithfulness to the promises of a new prosperity in Arizona.
With the beginning of the legislative session, it’s important to remember that the party platform of Republican policymakers is one that seeks to advance liberty, protect our constitutional freedoms, and foster human ingenuity and economic prosperity. These are all crucial if we are to have a growing economy and a robust system of commerce. And Governor Ducey’s targets of balancing the budget, controlling state spending, and avoiding tax hikes is a big part of that.
As chairman of the Arizona Republican Party, I am confident that our Republican elected officials will remain steadfast supporters of the ideas that our party supports. In fact, it is vital to the public confidence in our elections process that candidates keep their promises to the voters and taxpayers, and work hard on behalf of their constituents.
The state of Arizona has always enjoyed a “citizens Legislature,” a body made up of everyday members chosen by their peers to serve a two-year term before standing for re-election. As a party, the AZGOP helps voters define and filter those candidates for election and re-election and, through the primary process, choose the nominee they prefer for each office in every election.
As a party we worked hard to define our platform, help our candidates carry our message, and ensure every voter knew why the Republican approach to producing prosperity is the most promising one.
With Republicans now enjoying a leadership trifecta (holding both legislative chambers and the governor’s office) our party has taken on a tremendous responsibility, and there is no excuse for not delivering on our campaign promises.
As always, Arizona’s voters and taxpayers have an ongoing responsibility as well. Our elected officials need to hear from you on a regular basis, to remind the electeds of their mission and their responsibility, and help them keep aware of exactly whom they work for. The time to be involved is now, during every day of the legislative session.
Republicans clearly know how to campaign, and how to win. And now we must prove that we can govern.
– Robert Graham is chairman of the Arizona Republican Party.