What Ruth is doing in 2012 election season

February 6, 2012

Dear Friends,

The election season in Southern Arizona has gotten off to a roaring start with the resignation of Representative Giffords. There is so much more to life than politics - I wish her the very best as she continues to recover.

We have had people asking whether I would be willing to run in one of the new Congressional Districts - CD 1, CD 2 or CD 3. So I figured it was time to clearly end speculation. Through much thought and prayer and with mixed feelings, I have decided not to run for office this year. If I believe it is the right thing to do, I will be back on the campaign trail for the 2014 election.

The main reasons that have led me to this hard decision are, redistricting uncertainties and my job. I have studied the new redistricting lines. Will they be changed by the Department of Justice in the next few months? Or by lawsuits? I am in CD 3 but only several hundred yards from CD 2 and less than two miles from CD 1. Will I be in CD 3 when the lines are finished? It is hard to make an educated decision about running without complete details and statistics. I am also not a career politician. I work as a rocket scientist, so taking time work off to run isn't easy.

There is more to the equation as to whether someone should run than the statistics. As you know, the numbers were against me when I ran against Congressman Grijalva, but I still felt it was the right thing to do. With many people's help, we showed that no district is safe. I would imagine this led to having my three main voting blocs taken out of Representative Grijalva's new district (CD 3).

I am humbled by how many of you throughout 2011 have been truly interested about whether I was running or not, and for which seat. Thank you! We have a long road to put this country back on the right track, so I plan on working with all of you - whether as a candidate or as a volunteer.

Thank you so much for all your support and encouragement!

Ruth


Ruth McClung: What's up and rumors

March 23, 2011

Dear Friends,

We have received hundreds of emails over the past weeks, and I wanted to get back to everyone and give you all an update as to what is going on in my life and my future in politics. I am considering running for office again, but at this point in time, I do not feel that I have enough information to make an informed decision because of re-districting. (We hear the first draft for re-districting will be out around June.)

I feel if I jump into any race at this point, including CD7, it would be like voting for a House bill before reading what is in it. I need to know the political landscape, at least in a general way, before making a decision. Also, I do not want to wastefully spend campaign money or peoples' time by jumping into a race without the facts. We have even heard a few rumors since the election that Grijalva might retire?! As we would say in physics, everything is in a state of flux.

No, I am not running for Senator Kyl's seat in 2012! Many thanks to all of you who thought I should or could!

I am slowly putting together another campaign team with many of our 2010 volunteer staff (Why change a great team!) and we are also interviewing some new people. Last time I ran against Representative Grijalva. Many people would say it was "David against Goliath." Now, my campaign team and I know what it takes to win and are discussing strategies.

Since I am not a career politician, I have gone back to work full time in my career as a rocket scientist. I am also spending quality time with family and friends which isn't a luxury you get during a campaign. I am working on putting my house and yard back in order, as well as losing the weight I gained from campaign food and no time to exercise. You may also see me hanging off the face of Mt. Lemmon or running down some hiking trails. I have been helping other candidates who are running in local elections this year. Congratulations to Dave Bowen who just won in the Marana Town Council race. My campaign manager and TagLine Media both helped him beat a popular incumbent.

As you gave so much to me and my campaign, I feel 2011 is the year I can give back. If you need me to speak at any worthwhile event, let me know. You can still connect to me at ruth@ruth4az.com and on my facebook pages.

This is a crucial time in American history! We must win in 2011 by electing people that are fiscally responsible to our city councils, or bankruptcy will be our future struggle. We cannot tax, spend, and borrow our way to prosperity!

We must also win big in 2012 or we may lose the United States as we know it. We are losing our freedom at an alarming rate. For the past two years we have watched as Washington chipped away at the ability of the middle class to succeed. I hope that our victory in 2010 will help us stop this, but a victory is needed in 2012 to reverse it. We must stand united and continue the fight. I am still with you...

God bless you all and God bless America - Viva the People!

Ruth McClung


Keep fighting Gabby - we are praying for you

January 8, 2011

Today was such a heartbreaking day. I am praying for those who are still fighting for their lives and the doctors and nurses that are with them. I am mourning the loss of life and the loss to our country. This evil act was against all the values that our country stands on. We must stand together during this tragedy, not start hateful accusations. Speaking as a candidate, I know Congresswoman Giffords would not have reached the point that she has without being a fighter! Keep fighting, we are praying for you!

Ruth McClung


Ruth McClung:
It's official - I lost the AZ CD 7 race, but...

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

To all of my family, friends, and supporters,

It often is forgotten that campaigns are so much more than a candidate. I have helped on campaigns, but now that I have been a candidate, I know campaigns would go nowhere without the people behind the scenes. This campaign took off slowly. We started with hand painted signs. There were countless hours of walking door to door with flyers and thousands of phone calls made. Many people stood out in the hot sun waving signs so that an unknown candidate might get her name out to a few more people. People put together town halls, meet and greets, fundraisers, bake sales and car washes. Slowly our campaign started to gain momentum because of all of you!

Congressional District 7 was a long shot, but with the help of all of you, we were able to take a Democratic district, which had a 2 to 1 ratio (Democrat to Republican) in voter registration against me, and turn it into a competitive race. We did not win this particular election, but the battle was not lost! Victory was obtained in this campaign by showing the power of grass roots. When Americans come together, unified in a common goal, we become one of the most powerful forces on earth - E pluribus unum or out of many, one. At this time when many are trying to divide us, we stood united. We have built a strong unity and determination in this district that won't go away. One that will keep working to make America and Arizona prosperous and great!

When asked the question, "Will I run again?" The answer is "probably." I need to see what re-districting brings. Also running for any office is a huge decision and one I will never take lightly. We have a long road to put this country back on the right track, so I plan on working with all of you - whether as a candidate or as a volunteer. I am proud and humbled to have stood with you at a time when we are fighting for the future of our country. America is worth fighting for and I am not giving up!

Thank you so much for all that you have done to support me and my campaign - your prayers, money and time!

God Bless you all and God Bless America!

Ruth

PS I have over 200 volunteers just in Pima County so to thank everyone in all six counties personally would be impossible. Here are just a few: Thanks, goes to Paul Jackson and Shirley Tuffly - chairmen who have been organizing Yuma for me since the start of 2010. Thank you Phil, Gilbert, Don, Dave, Mike, Ted, Mel, Mary, Barbara, Lynn, Gene, Margarita, and many others in Yuma who helped and supported my campaign. Thanks to Barb Rogers - Maricopa County chairman and Sherry, Mark, David, Glenn, Brad, Andrew, Steve, Betty, Patsy and many more who have been campaigning and fighting to keep my signs up since March. Thanks to Alicia Rodriguez who saw we needed to get more organized in Pinal County so has helped me do just that since April. Thank you, Mike, Duane, Ron and Judy and many others in Maricopa City. Thanks to Hal Davidson and Deanne Beaver who helped in La Paz County with signs, and also spread the word about my campaign. Thank you, Zack Taylor and the many others who started helping us immediately after the primary in Santa Cruz County. Cynthia we love your art gallery in Tubac - thanks for handing out my literature for over a year! Many thanks go to the people who paid for (and painted) billboards for my campaign - all were very creative. Thanks to Juanita Lange who in the spring of 2010 jumped in to help my campaign in Pima County as volunteer chairman. Thank you, Alberto, Marilyn, Peter, Beth, Lisa, Mary, Deborah, Brian, Jan, Bruce, Bonnie, Grace, Laura, Edward, Ken, Danny, Luke, Steve, Joe, Sunny, Connie, Gabby and many others in Pima. Thank you, Carol Ann, for literally sticking 1000s of labels on postcards and literature. Thanks go to the Republican leaders throughout the state that helped my campaign. Thank you goes to the Tea Party groups who allowed me to share my ideas for America. Thank you, Russ Clark, John C. Scott (and Amy), Jon Justice, WakeUp Tucson, Jim Parisi, Garrett Lewis, and other radio people who had me on their shows regularly in spite of my lack of radio expertise. During the general election Christina Cruz took off work so she could campaign for me as my Pima Co. campaign manager. Thanks friend! Thank you, Sam Stone for writing press releases, getting me ready for debates and dealing with the campaign's media frenzy in the last weeks! Thanks, goes to Robert Mayer and Coleman, Dahm & Associates for fundraising and high-tech campaigning. Thank you, Red Mountain Consulting for your wisdom! Thank you to Marcus DeLeon and his students for our wonderful TV commercials. Thank you Benny White for your accurate phone lists! Thanks, goes to Debra Weisel who through her marketing company, Tagline Media, fought off Grijalva's lies about me, got the message out about my conservative solutions and his progressive voting record...not to mention his boycott! Many thanks go to the people who put together "Hispanics for McClung". Last but not least, I want to thank my husband, Michael, Gini Crawford, my campaign manager, and yes, Mom too, and my treasurer, Anne Loftfield. All three have been working with me for over a year and a half to beat Grijalva. Thanks Dad for laboring over my website sometimes very late into the night.

We didn't win this time but as John Paul Jones said, "We have not yet begun to fight!" Viva the People!

Ruth

 


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