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by David Nussman  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  August 20, 2022   

Profiling Mark Finchem

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Donald Trump is proving to be a kingmaker in this year's midterms.

The vast, vast majority of candidates who have his endorsement have beaten their opponents in Republican primaries.

Church Militant's David Nussman profiles one Arizona Republican endorsed by Trump — one  who is a panelist here at the Church Militant Call to Action Convention this weekend.

Rep. Mark Finchem, R-Ariz., candidate for secretary of state: "We know it and they know it. Donald Trump won."

Mark Finchem has served in Arizona's House of Representatives since 2015. 

Now he's running to be Arizona secretary of state. He won the GOP primary earlier this month after being endorsed by President Donald Trump almost a year prior. 

Trump's endorsement statement last year called Finchem a "true warrior" and "a patriot who has fought for our country right from his earliest moments in government." 

Trump: "And the next Arizona secretary of state, a man who's tough and smart and loves our country, Mark Finchem. Mark!"

Finchem has been a major voice in the Stop the Steal movement, aimed at addressing alleged rampant fraud in the 2020 presidential election.

Rep. Finchem: "The Arizona election should be decertified by the — with cause — by the Legislature."

And — according to AZVoterGuide.com — Finchem "has a consistent voting record for pro-life, pro-family and pro-civil rights legislation."

He has spoken out against leftist indoctrination in schools in the form of critical race theory.

Rep. Finchem: "If you teach my kid to hate himself and hate the people around him, you need to be fired as a teacher. Yet you have got these sycophants of the Marxist ideology teaching it as though it were fact."

Finchem was born here in Michigan and served in the city of Kalamazoo, Michigan in the Department of Public Safety for more than 20 years — first as a firefighter, then later as a policeman.

Church Militant spoke with him after an election integrity hearing in December last year:

Rep. Finchem: 

We want to give constituents the opportunity to speak up. You know, we said for years, "if you see something, say something," when it comes to threats against our society. Well, this is a major threat against our society. And if they saw something, we want to give them an opportunity to speak to it.

Finchem will be part of the legislation panel at this weekend's Convention, discussing how to fight for just laws at the state level.

Mark Finchem garnered over 42% of the vote in the primary on Aug. 2. Second place in the primary was Beau Lane, who got a mere 23%.

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