Citizens Clean Elections Commission

Citizens Clean 
Elections Commission

Your Guide to Arizona’s Political Process

AZ Clean Elections

CURRENT COMMISSIONERS

FORMER COMMISSIONERS

STAFF

Mitchell Laird

Mitchell C. Laird

Republican | Maricopa County

Governor Jan Brewer appointed Mitchell C. Laird in 2012 to succeed former Commissioner Jeffrey L. Fairman whose term expired. Mitch graduated from Grand Canyon University (GCU) in 1972 and received his Juris Doctor degree in 1976 from the Arizona State University College of Law. In 2004 he received an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from his alma mater GCU.

In 1976 Mitch was admitted to the State Bar of Arizona and founded his own law firm now known as Laird & Associates, P.C. Mitch has served as President of the GCU Alumni Association and for 13 years taught business law at GCU. Mitch served for many years as general counsel to GCU and has also served as general counsel to the Arizona Republican Party. He currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of a non-profit organization known as Canyon Institute that supports education and other charitable endeavors.

Mr. Laird was a Burger King franchisee from 1994 until 2015 and owned 31 Burger King restaurants throughout Arizona. Mitch currently serves as Chairman Emeritus of the Board of the National Franchisee Association and has served as President of the Southwest Franchisee Association.

In 2007, Mitch was appointed to serve on the Arizona Ad Hoc Committee for Workplace Enforcement to provide the Arizona legislature with input from the business community on the Legal Arizona Workers Act’s impact on Arizona business owners. In May 2008, at the request of the United States Congress, Mitch testified on Capitol Hill regarding Arizona’s new immigration law and federal immigration reform before the House Ways and Means Committee of the United States Congress.

Mr. Laird and Becki, his wife of 42 years, have three sons, four grandsons and one granddaughter. All three of his sons have served our Country in the U.S. Military and two of them each served two tours in Iraq.

Steve Titla

Steve M. Titla

Democrat | Gila County

Senate Democratic Leader Leah Landrum Taylor appointed Steve M. Titla in July 2013. Mr. Titla is a partner in the Titla & Parsi law firm and is admitted to practice law both in Arizona and on the San Carlos Apache Reservation. The firm represents the San Carlos Apache Tribe as special counsel and has also served as legal counsel for the election boards of the San Carlos Apache and San Juan Southern Paiute Tribes. Previously, Mr.Titla was an attorney with the Navajo Nation Department of Justice and has served as president of the National Native American Bar Association. In addition to a B.S. and J.D. from Arizona State University, Mr. Titla earned an M.B.A. from the University of Phoenix. From 1974-76 Mr. Titla served in the U.S. Marine Corps, leaving with an honorable discharge. He also served in the Arizona National Guard until his honorable discharge in 1980. Mr. Titla's term on the Citizen's Clean Elections Commission expires in January of 2018.

Damien Meyer

Damien R. Meyer

Democrat | Maricopa County

Governor Jan Brewer appointed Damien R. Meyer to the Citizens Clean Elections Commission to serve a term ending January 31, 2019. Damien R. Meyer is an experienced commercial litigation attorney. Damien has extensive experience in representing both individuals and businesses including banks, contractors, landlords, real estate developers, aviation companies, entrepreneurs, and health care companies in all areas of their business including contractual analysis and disputes, collection and payment disputes, commercial tort liability, provisional remedies and negotiation of pre-litigation disputes to avoid formal litigation. He also has extensive experience in representing clients in formal litigation in Arizona State and Federal courts, the Arizona Court of Appeals, in private arbitrations and before several state administrative agencies.

Mr. Meyer, his wife and two children currently reside in Phoenix.

Commissioners - Mark Kimble

Mark Kimble

Independent | Pima County

Senate Democratic Leader Katie Hobbs appointed Mark Kimble, an Independent, to the Citizens Clean Elections Commission in July 2015.

Mark was a longtime journalist in Southern Arizona. After graduating from the University of Arizona with a bachelor’s degree in journalism, Mark worked for the Associated Press and then for the Tucson Citizen newspaper. During a 35-year career at the Citizen, he was a reporter, city editor, assistant managing editor and associate editor-columnist in charge of the editorial page.

When the Citizen closed in 2009, Mark went to work as senior press advisor and later as communications director for Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. When she resigned in 2012, Mark became communications director for her successor, Congressman Ron Barber.

Mark and his wife, Jennifer Boice, live in Tucson.

Commissioners - Galen Paton

Galen D. Paton

Republican | Pima County

Governor Doug Ducey appointed Galen D. Paton, a Republican, to the Citizens Clean Elections Commission for a 5-year term expiring January 31, 2021.  Commissioner Galen obtained his Master of Arts in Physical Education from the Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.  He has had a long and rewarding career coaching high school and college softball, volleyball and basketball teams in the southwest.  In 2005, he led Sabino High School to the Arizona 4A State Championship and a No. 4 ranking in the country.  The Arizona Coaches Association along with the National Fastpitch Coaches Association crowned Mr. Paton 2005 coach of the year.

Mr. Paton retired from coaching in 2010 and is a current member of the Realty Executives Tucson Elite group.  He resides in Tucson with his wife.


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