Republican presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney's campaign on Thursday releases more names of Arizona elected officials who are backing the former Massachusetts governor. Among the newly publicized supporters is state Sen. Jerry Lewis, R-Mesa, who ousted controversial state Senate President Russell Pearce, R-Mesa, in a historic recall election last year.
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Here is the latest list of Arizona supporters released by the Romney campaign:
Arizona Corporation Commissioner Bob Stump
State Sen. Jerry Lewis, R-Mesa
State Rep. Kate Brophy McGee, R-Phoenix
State Rep. Jack Harper, R-Surprise (House Ways & Means Committee chairman)
State Rep. John Kavanagh, R-Fountain Hills (House Appropriations Committee chairman)
State Rep. David Burnell Smith, R-Scottsdale
Mesa Mayor Scott Smith
Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman
Queen Creek Mayor Gail Barney
Huachuca City Mayor Byron Robertson
Pima Mayor George Lemen
Williams Mayor John Moore
Payson Mayor Kenny Evans
Kingman Mayor John Salem
Coolidge Mayor Tom Shope
Springerville Mayor Daniel Muth
Winslow Mayor Robin Boyd
Willcox Mayor Gerald Lindsey
Bullhead City Mayor Jack Hakim
Thatcher Vice Mayor Bill Mulleneaux
Yuma County School Superintendent Thomas Tyree
Mohave County School Superintendent Mike File
Benson Justice of the Peace Joseph Knoblock
Fredonia Justice of the Peace Mark Baron
Mohave County Supervisor Buster Johnson
Huachuca CIty Councilman Ken Taylor
Carefree Town Councilmanr Mike Farrar
Romney has an impressive list of Arizona Republican establishment endorsements, including U.S. Sen. John McCain, the 2008 GOP presidential nominee. He also has put together a grass-roots team in the state.
"I'll do everything I can for him in Arizona," McCain told The Arizona Republic. "I'll do everything I can do for him everywhere."