Gerry Friedel

Key Facts

Party Republican
Status Challenger

Background

Gerry Friedel has a BA in Bank Management and Finance from North Central College and a Certificate in Financial Planning from Loyola Business School [2]. Friedel served on the Board of Directors for the YMCA for 10 years, and worked as a Community Banker for almost 40 years [1, 5]. He has resided in Fountain Hills for the past 10 years where he has served on the town council. Friedel is also a Precinct and State Committeeman for LD23 [1].

Key Issues

Public Safety

Friedel plans on acting in accordance with the town’s monthly MCSO report. He also wants to expand neighborhood patrols and the posse [2].

Economy

In cooperation with the Town Economic Development Director, Friedel wants to arrange for an Economic Development Advisory Commission (EDAC). This group will help address the empty storefronts and commercial space with strategies that meet the town’s needs and support smart solutions. Friedel also prioritizes fiscal responsibility through conservative economic principles [1, 2, 4].

Infrastructure

Friedel supports the building of the International Dark Sky Discovery Center, and believes it will attract visitors and support local businesses [2].

Endorsements

No endorsements could be found.

Sources

1 Fountain Hills AZ
2 Gerry Friedel for Mayor
3 Fountain Hill Times Independent – Gerry Friedel kicks
4 AZCentral 
5 Fountain Hills Times Independent – Gerry Friedel: Candidate
6 LinkedIn

Roderick Watts

Key Facts

Party Republican
Status Challenger

Background

Roderick (Rick) Watts currently serves on the Town of Fountain Hills Planning and Zoning Commission as Vice Chairman [1, 3, 4]. Watts has previously held roles in business administration, HVAC, energy, and construction [2, 5]. He is also on the committee for the Neighborhood Property Owners Association, which oversees architectural aspects of the Fountain Hills community [1].

Key Issues

Budget

Watts supports the development of a budget strategy based on the town’s projected revenues [1, 2].

 

Economy

Watts supports the development of a competitive bidding process instead of the current administrative approval process greater than $25,000. Watts also believes the introduction of incentives for businesses that are within the parameters of state and local giving laws will build town revenue [1]. 

Infrastructure

Watts wants to issue a specific bond to address all street repair and resurfacing, and explore new technologies to extend the safety and life of town roadways, such as Perpetual Pavement, traffic management, and bicycle/pedestrian education [1].

Social Programs

Watts wants to work with local charitable organizations to assist with temporary shelter, food, and a program to relocate individuals to permanent facilities that specialize in helping people re-enter society [1].

Endorsements

Fountain Hills Republican Club [3].

Sources

1 Rick Watts for Fountain Hills Town Council
2 Fountain Hills Times
3 Fountain Hills Republican Club
4 Town of Fountain Hills
5 LinkedIn

Robert Wallace

Key Facts

Party Republican
Status Challenger

Background

Robert Wallace graduated from the University of Metaphysics with a bachelor’s degree in metaphysical science and a Ministerial Ordination diploma. He has previously worked in the information technology sector and now works as a real estate agent at Waldorf Abodes [2]. He serves as a secretary of the Phoenix chapter of the Log Cabin Republicans, the Arizona Chapter Lead at Gays Against Groomers, and a precinct committeeman for Arizona’s Third Legislative District [1, 2].

Key Issues

Community

Wallace wants to unite the town council to prioritize citizens, local businesses, and community issues [1, 3].

Drugs

Wallace supports collaborative effects to combat drug use, particularly fentanyl [1, 3].

Endorsements

Gays Against Groomers [4].

Sources

1 Robert Wallace For Town Council
2 LinkedIn
3 Fountain Hills Times-Independent
4 X

Mathew Corrigan

Key Facts

Party Republican
Status Challenger

Background

Mathew Corrigan graduated with a degree in journalism. He had a short career with a newspaper, magazines, and a radio station but landed in a sales career, operating his own small business [2, 3]. He previously worked as a district sales manager for Fortune 500 companies from Colorado to Southern California, as well as two years in Arizona [2, 3]. He is currently retired.

Key Issues

Economy

Corrigan supports the economic stability of small local businesses and reasonable sign codes [2].

Infrastructure

Corrigan supports funding roads and infrastructure first and no roundabouts or pet projects [2].

Public Safety

Corrigan supports ordinances that protect residents from illegal camping, impeding traffic, aggressive panhandling, and littering [2].

Endorsements

No endorsements could be found.

Sources

1 Daily Independent 
2 Official Website   
3 Fountain Hills Republican Club

Ian Hugh

Key Facts

Party Republican
Status Challenger

Background

Ian Hugh was born and raised in Glendale, Arizona. Hugh and his wife have spent their whole lives in Glendale with two daughters. He is the CEO of Ian Hugh Tire and Auto and is a member of the First United Methodist Church [3].

Ian Hugh has been an involved member of Glendale’s government serving several positions since the 1990s. Hugh has served as President of the Glendale Union High School District School Board, Vice Mayor of the City of Glendale, Glendale City Councilmember, Chairman of the Glendale Utilities Committee, and a Member of the Rotary Club [2].

Key Issues

Economy

Ian Hughs urges salary hikes for Glendale’s elected officials. These increases would raise the mayor’s salary by 42% to $68,490 and council members’ salaries by 55% to $52,685 [4]. 

Endorsements

No endorsements could be found.

Sources

1 Ballotpedia
2 GlendaleAZ
3 Linkedin
4 AZCentral

Kelly Kulikoff

Key Facts

Party Republican
Status Challenger

Background

Kelly Kulikoff is the mayor of California City (Kern County) and a licensed real estate broker, insurance broker, manufactured home dealer, and general contractor. He previously served as a city councilman [3]. 

Kulikoff has a B.S. in IT Systems Development: Mobile Applications and an M.B.A. in Project Management. He is also a certified Project Management Professional, Agile Practitioner, Scrum Master, and Lean Six Sigma black belt. 

As mayor, Kulikoff introduced a developer fee reduction extension to increase economic development and implemented several internal work policy improvements to move more projects in-house and save more funds [1]. Controversially, Kulioff was involved in allegations of abuse of power, but no official moves were made [4].

Key Issues

Term Limits

Kulikoff has signed a pledge with the US Term Limits organization to limit terms for elected officials [5].

Endorsements

None found.

Sources

1 Kulikoff for Congress

2 Ballotpedia

3 23ABC

4 ABC23 Bakersfield 

5 US Term Limits

Kyle Kirkland

Key Facts

Party Republican
Status Challenger

Background

Born in Virginia, Kirkland was raised in Maine and attended Harvard College where he received an A.B. magna cum laude in 1984 and then received an MBA from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University in 1988 [1].  

Kirkland co-founded Kirkland Messina, Inc., an investment banking firm. He is now the owner of Club One Casino, president of the California Gaming Association, and founder of Kirkland Foundation, a non profit animal rescue [3,4].

Key Issues

Immigration

Kirkland supports legal immigration, but also believes that America’s current southern border is insecure. He supports broad immigration reform to repair a “broken” system [1]. 

Foreign Policy

Kirkland supports broad funding for Israel but not Ukraine. He believes that the federal government must put more direct resources towards law enforcement instead. [1, 6]

Endorsements

None found.

Sources

1 Kirkland for Congress

2 Ballotpedia

3 Casino.org

4 GVWire

5 MSN

6 FoxNews

Matt Stoll

Key Facts

Party Republican
Status Challenger

Background

Matt Stoll, a former Navy fighter pilot with 20 years of service, retired in 2019 after flying 44 combat missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. He was last stationed at NAS Lemoore. [5]

Post-military, he initiated a property management business in Visalia and owns Garden World, a retail store. Stoll made two unsuccessful attempts for Congress last year, placing third in the primaries for both the special election to replace Rep. Devin Nunes and Rep. Jim Costa. [3]

Key Issues

Economy

Stoll believes that government intervention in the economy is harmful. He contends that Californian taxpayers face inequitable burdens based on their geographic location, experiencing elevated property and gas taxes. He suggests that the core issue lies in excessive spending by both the state and federal governments rather than a shortage of revenue. [2]

Crime

Stoll has expressed concerns that current policing policies are placing additional strain on officers. He is also a vocal critic of the Defund the Police movement. [2]

Endorsements

None found.

Sources

1 Ballotpedia  

2 ElectMattStoll 

3 Sjvsun.com 

4 The Sun Gazette 

5 KGET

David Giglio

Key Facts

Party Republican
Status Challenger

Background

Raised in Connecticut, David Giglio graduated from the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania with a degree in History and Political Science. Giglio moved to California due to job opportunities for him and his wife. After receiving a master’s degree in teaching, Giglio became a high school history teacher. Now, Giglio owns Calicards and More, a business that buys and sells sports cards and memorabilia [1]. 

Giglio previously ran an unsuccessful campaign in the 2022 GOP primary for California’s 13th Congressional District [5].

Key Issues

Immigration

Giglio supports a temporary suspension of immigration which he believes will allow ICE and CBP to handle newly arriving immigrants. He also supports cutting foreign aid to Mexico and other Central American nations until they eliminate drug cartels and human traffickers [1]. 

Gun Policy

Giglio rejects gun control stating that he will oppose any and all legislation that would limit or ‘infringe’ upon the right to keep and bear arms [1].

Healthcare

Giglio believes that healthcare legislation must protect Americans with pre-existing conditions. He also wants to make medical expenses tax deductible [1, 2].

Budget

Giglio supports increasing funding for areas like infrastructure, the border, healthcare, and veteran’s assistance, and reducing funding for foreign policy related matters [1]. 

 

Education

Giglio opposes initiatives like Critical Race Theory and the New York Times sponsored 1619 Project. He believes that local and state governments should make the final decision on how to utilize educational funding, rather than the federal government. Additionally, Giglio supports school choice programs and advocates for parents to pick schools based on factors other than location [1]. 

Endorsements

General Mike Flynn; Rob Maness, US Air Force Colonel; Ted Howze, Former Turlock City Councilman; John Pierce, NCLU Chairman, Republicans for National Renewal

Sources

1 David Giglio for Congress

2 Ballotpedia 

3 Facebook 

4 Linkedin

5 Newsweek

Vince Fong

Key Facts

Party Republican
Status Challenger

Background

Vince Fong earned his Bachelor’s in Political Science and Government from UCLA in 2001 and Master’s in Public Affairs from Princeton University in 2003. 

He started his political career as a district representative in former Congressman Bill Thomas’ office and later worked as a district director for former Congressman Kevin McCarthy [1, 2]. In 2016, he was elected to represent California State Assembly District 32 and served as the Vice Chair for the Budget and Transportation Committees [2]. 

Most recently, Fong was involved in a legal dispute with the California Secretary of State for filing to run for State Assembly re-election and the Congressional seat opened up by the resignation of former Congressman Kevin McCarthy. While he was initially barred from the Congressional election ballot, the Sacramento Superior Court ruled in Fong’s favor, ruling him eligible to appear on both ballots, and the CA Secretary of State has since appealed that decision [2, 3]

Key Issues

Infrastructure

Fong opposes high-speed rail projects, supporting water infrastructure projects instead [1, 4].

Immigration

Fong supports more strict southern border policies, but opposes former President Trump’s proposals of mass deportations [5]

Economy

Fong supports reducing taxes and business regulations as part of his focus on economic issues. He believes that current funding should be reallocated to focus more on public safety, education, and infrastructure instead of using tax increases to fund new projects [1, 4].

Endorsements

Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association PAC; California Rifle & Pistol Association; Kern Prosecutors Association; Kern County Republican Party; Kevin McCarthy, former Congressman; Tom McClintock, former Congressman; Darrell Issa, former Congressman; Kevin Kiley, former Congressman; Ken Calvert, former Congressman; Michelle Steel, former Congresswoman; Young Kim, former Congresswoman; John Duarte, former Congressman; Doug LaMalfa, former Congressman; Cynthia Zimmer, Kern County District Attorney; Phillip Peters, Kern County Supervisor; Jeff Flores, Kern County Supervisor; David Couch, Kern County Supervisor; Zach Scrivener, Kern County Supervisor; Mike Maggard, former Kern County Supervisor; Dennis Townsend, Tulare County Supervisor; Karen Goh, Bakersfield Mayor; Patty Gray, Bakersfield City Councilmember; Bruce Freeman, Bakersfield City Councilmember; Eric Bruen, Ridgecrest Mayor; Dave Noerr, Taft Mayor; Josh Bryant, Taft Councilman; Michael Davies, Tehachapi Mayor; Susan Wiggins, Tehachapi Councilwoman; Cory Morse, Maricopa Mayor; Lynne Ashbeck, Clovis Mayor; Brett Taylor, Visalia Councilman; Derek Tisinger, Kern High School Board Member; Bryan Batey, Kern High School Board Member; Leign Ann Cook, Rosedale School Board Member.

Sources

1 Vince Fong for Congress

2 Ballotpedia

3 California Secretary of State

4 The Sun-Gazette 

5 GV Wire