Shelley Kais

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Shelley Kais
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Arizona, District 2
Bachelor'sUniversity of South Carolina
Master'sFrostburg State University
ProfessionSmall Business Owner
(dead link) Campaign website
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Shelley Kais was a 2014 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 2nd Congressional District of Arizona.[1] Kais was defeated by Martha McSally in the Republican primary on August 26, 2014.[2] Arizona's 2nd Congressional District was a battleground in 2014.


Kais holds a B.A. from the University of South Carolina and an M.B.A. from Frostburg State University. She is a small business owner and entrepreneur and has experience working as a public school teacher and adjunct professor.[3]


Campaign themes


Kais' campaign website listed the following issues:[4]

  • Economy / Jobs: "I am a Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM) and an expert in budgeting and federal financial management and analysis. I know the federal appropriations process and how to follow the money. I will go to Washington on a mission to reduce the overspending, duplicity and the over borrowing that is costing us billions of dollars each year."
  • Immigration Reform: "Legislative efforts to reform our immigration laws have been attempted on several occasions in the recent past. They typically stall because of the stark differences between the House and Senate versions – especially when it comes to criminal penalties for those in the country illegally. The House legislation makes unauthorized presence a felony, which I support."
  • Securing Our Border: "The illegal trafficking of drugs, people and guns across the Southern Arizona border is being neglected in the national debate over immigration and border security. If I am elected, that will not continue."
  • Healthcare: "Repealing the 2010 Health Care Act is highly unlikely in this or the next congressional session. We need to make our healthcare coverage personal, portable and with a paid premium."
  • Saving Our Military Assets: "While we should fight to save the A-10, at least through the end of its life cycle, the long-range objective is to sustain Davis-Monthan (D-M), thereby securing and enhancing the economic vitality of Southern Arizona. I believe one future role for D-M could involve hosting squadrons of the new KC-46, an aerial refueling and transport plane being added to the Air Force. D-M has the long runway needed to support it."


—Shelley Kais' campaign website, (dead link)issues



See also: Arizona's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2014

Arizona's 2nd Congressional District was a battleground district in 2014 due to the fact that the seat was held by a Democrat, but the district had roughly even numbers of registered Democrats and Republicans and was won by the Republican presidential candidate in 2008 and 2012. Incumbent Ron Barber faced no challenger in the Democratic primary. In the Republican primary, Martha McSally triumphed over Chuck Wooten and Shelley Kais. Barber and McSally faced off in the general election on November 4, 2014, in a rematch of the 2012 general election. The election took over six weeks to decide, and McSally was crowned the winner following a mandatory recount that took place after the official canvass and certification of votes on December 1. In 2012, Barber narrowly defeated McSally by 0.8 percent of the vote.[6][7][8]

U.S. House, Arizona District 2 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMartha McSally 69.4% 45,492
Chuck Wooten 22.9% 14,995
Shelley Kais 7.8% 5,103
Total Votes 65,590
Source: Arizona Secretary of State

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress were required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Kais' reports.


Kais and her husband, Jim, have one daughter.[3]

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