Maricopa County supervisors seek replacement ahead of Steve Chucri's resignation

Taylor Seely
Arizona Republic
Maricopa County Supervisor Steve Chucri

The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors is looking to fill the seat of Supervisor Steve Chucri, who will leave office Nov. 5. 

Chucri announced last month that he would resign after a far-right news site released recordings of him bashing his fellow supervisors for opposing the state Senate's review of the county's 2020 general election and indicating he thought there were fraudulent votes cast. He was speaking with leaders of the We The People AZ Alliance, a local organization that worked to build support for the review.

The recordings were taken in January and March, according to the organization's founder, Shelby Busch. 

In one conversation, Chucri told them he was surprised by his colleagues' opposition to the audit, saying some were worried about their own tight races.  

Chucri initially supported an audit and was the lone vote in December against suing the Senate to try to block its subpoenas demanding the county's ballots and voting machines for the review. His support for the audit waned after Senate Republican leaders announced that they had hired Cyber Ninjas in March.

Chucri, a Republican who has represented the northeastern portion of the county since 2012, apologized after the recordings were released and said the comments were made during a turbulent time. "There was no cover-up, the election was not stolen," he said.

The 4-1 Republican-majority Board of Supervisors has largely shown a united front against the Senate's election review — a partisan activity that was run by firms without election experience.

Jack Sellers, who is chairman of the board, said last month he was more confused than angry over Chucri's comments and was surprised by his resignation, which the board formally accepted Oct. 12.  

Churci, in his formal resignation letter dated Oct. 11, bemoaned the loss of civility and decorum. 

He said in the letter that he was "taking a stand against this toxicity in politics today."

Who can apply?

Chucri's replacement must be a Republican who is registered to vote in District 2, which includes portions of Phoenix, Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, Fountain Hills, Carefree, Cave Creek, Mesa, Gilbert and Apache Junction.

The appointee will serve until the candidate elected in November 2022 is sworn in.  

Those interested in the appointment can apply between Oct. 18 and Nov. 8. Send letters of interest and a resume to the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors, 301 W. Jefferson, 7th Floor, Phoenix, AZ 85003 or email to clerkboard@maricopa.gov.

Reach reporter Taylor Seely at tseely@arizonarepublic.com or 480-476-6116. Follow her on Twitter @taylorseely95 or Instagram @taylor.azc.

Republic reporters Jen Fifield and Robert Anglen contributed to this article. 

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