On Tuesday, March 7, 2023, The Maricopa County EGC formally censured LD3 Chair Candace Czarny and demanded her resignation over multiple Bylaw violations as well as her refusal to cooperate with an audit and canvas of the LD3 December 1, 2022 Election. The full text can be found below:
Whereas on Thursday February 9, 2023, the Maricopa County Chair delivered to Candace Czarny through the First Vice-Chair a letter stating that Ballots, Credentials, and Proxy documents from the Legislative District 3 December 1, 2022 election be turned over to the custody of the County to perform an audit and canvas. This request was refused and the documents have not been turned over.
Whereas on Thursday February 9, 2023, the Maricopa County First Vice-Chair and a Maricopa County Member-at-Large acting as the Maricopa County Chairman’s representatives were expelled from the LD3 meeting chamber on Candace Czarny’s sole authority.
Whereas the above two items violate The MCRC Bylaws ARTICLE II – MEMBERS, Section 4 – District Chairman #3 which states: “Cooperate with the MCRC Chairman” AND the LD3 Bylaws ARTICLE IV – ELECTED OFFICERS, Section 3. District Chairman #6 “Cooperating with the Maricopa County Republican Committee Chairman…”.
Whereas on Thursday February 9, 2023 Candace violated the LD3 Bylaws which state in ARTICLE IV – ELECTED OFFICERS, Section 3. District Chairman #4 “Presiding at all meetings of the District & Board unless he/she designates another member of the Board to preside in his/her stead.” Candace instead designated an outside, non-member of LD3 to preside over the meeting in clear violation.
Whereas Candance Czarny has also violated LD3 Bylaws ARTICLE IV – ELECTED OFFICERS, Section 3. District Chairman:
8. Having usual powers of supervision and management customary to the Office of Chairman or as may be assigned by the Board and implementing policies for the efficient and responsible operation of the District, subject to approval by the Board.
9. In cooperation with the District Treasurer, preparing a budget for the calendar year and submit such budget to the Board for adoption, be an authorized signer on District checks, and have final approval on all District expenditures.
10. Furnishing a monthly-itemized statement of reasonable out-of-pocket expenses required in the performance of duties as Chairman, as set forth in the annual budget. Any expense more than the amount budgeted shall be subject to the approval of the Board.
Whereas Candance Czarny has also violated MCRC Bylaws ARTICLE II – MEMBERS, Section 2 – PCs, E. Duties of PC #9
“Fostering loyalty to the Republican Party and promote its ideals.” On Thursday January 12, 2023 on her sole authority, Candace Czarny instated rule #6 “Since Reformed Living Bible Church is on school property, firearms are not permitted.” This rule is a direct violation of the 2nd Amendment and expressly against the Republican Platform and its ideals.
Whereas LD3 Bylaws ARTICLE VI – MEETINGS & QUORUM Section 8. states “Every meeting of the District shall begin with an invocation and a pledge of allegiance.” An unusual Agenda was created by Candace Czarny for the Thursday, February 9, 2023 meeting where the Program and Guest Speakers were placed after Credentialling and before the Call to Order. An attempt to skip the invocation and pledge of allegiance occurred; until the PCs insisted; with the body reciting the pledge of allegiance and finally compelling a presider to give an invocation.
Whereas Legislative District 3 voted on Thursday, February, 9, 2023 in a Vote of No Confidence in Candace Czarny and Demanding her Immediate Resignation passing by majority with 92 Yes and 51 No votes.
Whereas In the MCRC Bylaws ARTICLE I – OBJECT, Section 2 – Authority states “The EGC has the authority to rule on any question brought before it from a MCRC member concerning the interpretation of county or legislative district bylaws.”
Therefore, the Maricopa County Republican Committee Executive Guidance Committee formally censures Candace Czarny and demands her immediate resignation as Legislative District 3 Chair.