Businessman Bill Beard elected new Pima County Republican Party Chair


Former candidate Bill Beard who ran unsuccessfully against Pima County Recorder F. Ann Rodriguez in 2012, was elected yesterday as new Chair of the Pima County Republican Party at the party’s statutory meeting.  He is a member of the Pima County Election Integrity Committee, having been appointed to this seat by District 1 Supervisor Ally Miller.

Bill Beard
Bill Beard

Here’s Bill’s statement as he sought this position for Chair:

As a former countywide candidate (2012 Republican nominee – Pima County Recorder) I have the knowledge, experience and dedication to lead the local party into the next election cycle. I believe my personal and professional experience in managing large and small scale operations provides a strong starting point to lead this party and build a solid foundation for future success. The goal of the new leadership team will be to expand on our strengths and identify and eliminate the causes of any weakness.
I have successfully managed a number of large scale operations in my professional life (Landscape Contractor for the last 29 years). As a small business owner I have had the hands on experience of making a payroll and managing the books. I have successfully managed multi-million dollar contracts and have been responsible for the full accounting of all details of those projects. 
Through my two decades of work on the Board of Directors for the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus I have clearly seen how volunteer based organizations must work to be effective. Organizations that rely on passionate volunteers can succeed only with clear goals, specific guidelines and direct accountability. The volunteers of the Pima GOP are dedicated and hard working. By harnessing their time and talents towards educating the public, supporting our candidates and getting out the vote we can achieve a record of success for all to be proud.
I will not ask someone to do something I myself am not also prepared to do. Whether it’s knocking on doors, making calls or doing the sales call to ask for the donations… each of us needs to make the time to do our job of getting our candidates elected. Whether it’s the large scale donor or the person with only $5 to donate all are welcome as owners of this party. Whether it’s your cash, your sweat or your shoe leather all our efforts will be rewarded when we stay focused on what draws us together instead of what divides.

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Carolyn Classen
Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, (since Jan. 2013).