JULY 3, 2013
Conservative leader Ward Connerly endorses Steve Montenegro for Secretary of State
PHOENIX – Calling State Representative Steve Montenegro an “extraordinarily valuable leader” in the effort to end race, gender and ethnic preferences in Arizona, national conservative leader and civil rights leader Ward Connerly today endorsed Montenegro for Secretary of State.
“It is a real honor to have someone of Ward Connerly’s stature endorse our exploratory efforts,” said Montenegro. In 2010, Montenegro was a prime sponsor of legislation that became Prop 107, Arizona¹s Civil Rights Initiative. The Proposition banned the use of preferences based on race, ethnicity, and gender at public colleges and universities, in public hiring, and in the granting of government contracts. Arizona voters approved the measure by a 60 percent-40 percent margin.
In March of this year, and in response to the urging of nearly two dozen conservative leaders from around the state, Montenegro formed an Exploratory Committee to consider a run for Secretary of State.