Jesse Kelly

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Jesse Kelly
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Arizona, District 2
Campaign website
Jesse Kelly was a 2012 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 2nd Congressional District of Arizona. He was also a 2012 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 8th Congressional District of Arizona. He won the special election Republican primary on April 17, 2012, but was defeated in the June 12 general election.


Campaign themes


Kelly's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]

  • Jobs and Economy
Excerpt: "The recent economic crisis must be a wake-up call for the US Government to end its incessant spending and regulatory vice-grip over the economy. Only free markets and the entrepreneurial spirit can save America, not the heavy hand of government."
  • National Debt and Government Spending
Excerpt: "We must return to a path of fiscal sanity. Washington must do what the American people are doing: cutting spending, paying down debt and living within their means."
  • Social Security
Excerpt: "I support protecting Social Security. We need a long-term solution that ensures funds paid into the system will be there when people retire."
  • Healthcare
Excerpt: "I oppose Obama-care and the rationing of health care. We must reform tort laws to lower health care costs for all Americans."
  • Border
Excerpt: "We must secure the border now! District 8 contains three border counties. The trafficking and violence in these areas are having a very negative impact on the district. We must address this issue in order to reduce the threat to our domestic security and to protect our sovereignty."
  • Military and Veterans
Excerpt: "We must continue to support expanded and modernized medical, educational and occupational services for our veterans."
  • Second Amendment
Excerpt: "It is about the right of a free people to defend themselves which is why I am a strong supporter of the right of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms."
  • Energy
Excerpt: "We need an "all of the above" strategy with regard to energy, including but not limited to: oil, natural gas, clean coal, wind, solar, and nuclear power."
  • Education
Excerpt: "The purpose of an education system should be to teach our children the knowledge and skills they will need to live as free and productive citizens."
  • National Defense
Excerpt: "We must fully fund our nation's military and ensure the men and women in uniform have the tools, training, and care they need and deserve."
  • Sanctity of Human Life
Excerpt: "I support and will defend life from conception to natural end."



Regular election

See also: Arizona's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2012

Kelly ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Arizona's 2nd District. He would have faced Mark Koskiniemi and Martha McSally in the Republican primary on August 28, 2012, but withdrew prior to the primary.[2][3]

Special election

See also: Arizona's 8th Congressional District special election, 2012

Kelly ran in the 2012 special election for the U.S. House, representing Arizona's 8th District. The election was held to replace recently resigned Representative Gabrielle Giffords. He won the April 17 Republican primary. He was defeated by Ron Barber (D) in the general election on June 12, 2012.[4][5]

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are Kelly's reports.[6]

Jesse Kelly (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Pre-Special[7]April 5, 2012$49,375.49$533,679.24$(499,762.35)$83,292.38
Post-Special[8]July 12, 2012$83,292.38$231,426.54$(295,282.55)$19,436.37
Running totals


Kelly and his wife, Aubrey, have two children.[9]

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