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Greater Phoenix Chamber Announces Endorsements for 2022 Primary Election

Lindsay Hansen
PR Consultant


June 30, 2022

PHOENIX – The Greater Phoenix Chamber Political Action Committee (Chamber PAC) has endorsed 38 candidates for the Arizona Legislature prior to the August 2 Primary Election. The Chamber PAC has supported business-friendly candidates in local and state races for over four decades.

“For over 40 years, the Greater Phoenix Chamber Political Action Committee has supported pro-business candidates for state and local offices regardless of political party affiliation,” explained Chamber PAC Chair John Moody.  “As the political climate becomes more divisive, having business-friendly lawmakers willing to collaborate to advance policies that will support a prosperous economy in the Greater Phoenix region and throughout the state of Arizona is more important than ever. After a thorough evaluation and deliberation process for the 2022 primary election cycle, we are pleased to endorse candidates who understand the issues impacting the success of businesses and the challenges of our current economic and policy climate.”

“Both the endorsement process and the PAC are critical to our mission of advocating for businesses and economic prosperity in the state of Arizona,” said Todd Sanders, Greater Phoenix Chamber President and CEO. “The PAC Board evaluated many well-qualified candidates and chose to make primary election endorsements of those whose policies most closely aligned with the Chamber’s mission and vision. As the Phoenix economy continues to grow, we are proud to support candidates who understand critical issues affecting businesses today and those who have a clear idea of what it takes to build a stronger economic future for the state of Arizona.”

The following is the list of candidates endorsed by the Chamber’s PAC for the 2022 Primary Election:


District 1

Quang Nguyen (R), House

District 12

David Richardson (R), Senate

Terry Roe (R), House

Jim Chaston (R), House


District 24

Cesar Chavez (D), Senate


District 2

Steve Kaiser (R), Senate

Justin Wilmeth (R), House


District 13

J.D. Mesnard (R), Senate

Jennifer Pawlik (D), House

Ron Hardin (R), House


District 25

Sine Kerr (R), Senate

Tim Dunn (R), House

Joel John (R), House


District 3

John Kavanagh (R), Senate


District 16

T.J. Shope (R), Senate

Teresa Martinez (R), House


District 27

Kevin Payne (R), House

Ben Toma (R), House


District 4

Matthew Gress (R), House

District 17

Vince Leach (R), Senate


District 28

Frank Carroll (R), Senate


District 5

Lela Alston (D), Senate

Jennifer Longdon (D), House

Amish Shah (D), House


District 18

Morgan Abraham (D), Senate

Christopher Mathis (D), House



District 29

Joanne Osborne (R), Senate

Trey Terry (R), House


District 9

Tyler Pace (R), Senate



District 19

David Gowan (R), Senate

Gail Griffin (R), House


District 10

Russell “Rusty” Bowers (R), Senate

District 20

Alma Hernandez (D), House

District 11

Marcelino Quinonez (D), Senate

Wesley Leasy (D), House

District 22

Diego Espinoza (D), Senate

Lorenzo Sierra (D), House

Lupe Contreras (D), House


About the Greater Phoenix Chamber Political Action Committee 

The Chamber PAC was established in 1978 to help pro-business candidates get elected to state, county, and local offices and ultimately improve the overall business climate in Greater Phoenix. The Chamber first became a Mega PAC in 2003—the first Chamber in Arizona to achieve this elite distinction, which allows the PAC to drastically increase its support of pro-business candidates. To date, the Greater Phoenix Chamber is the only chamber in the state to currently hold Mega PAC status.

Greater Phoenix Chamber

Representing 2,400 businesses across the Greater Phoenix region, the Greater Phoenix Chamber promotes regional prosperity by serving as a catalyst for economic vitality and strong communities. The Chamber pursues this mission by collaborating with business, political and community leaders to grow the regional talent pool, create a regional approach to economic development, and drive a pro-Arizona agenda.

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