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Miller makes endorsement for her replacement on Board of Supervisors
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Miller makes endorsement for her replacement on Board of Supervisors

Ally Miller

Pima Supervisor Ally Miller’s retirement leaves the GOP without a candidate for the District 1 seat in next year’s election.

As the field for the race to replace Ally Miller on the Board of Supervisors continues to grow, the incumbent District 1 representative who announced last month that she would not seek reelection, has made an endorsement for her successor.

In a Tuesday Facebook post, Miller announced that she is supporting fellow Republican Steven Spain, an Arizona Daily Independent contributor and local business owner. Miller said she worked with Spain in the past to oppose two county bond elections, labeling him as “engaged, approachable and committed to good governance.”

“Steve seeks out new ideas, entertains different perspectives, weighs the alternatives, considers possible outcomes and develops the most prudent solutions. Steve Spain will hit the ground running on day one,” Miller wrote. “Steve has been a long-time advocate for smaller government and less taxation. Steve will invest the time to understand the issues most important to the residents of District 1 and Pima County. Steve has the strong character that is needed to speak truth to power. He won’t be swayed by the special interests. He will represent your voice. It is vital that we make the best choice possible in the 2020 election to move Pima county forward to the next level.”

The endorsement for Spain came at the expense of her former special staff assistant, Bill Beard, also the former chairman of the Pima County Republican Party, who had announced his candidacy for the seat earlier this month.

Spain and Beard joined Oro Valley Councilwoman Rhonda Pina; Vic Williams, a small-business owner and former state representative; and Miller as the five Republican candidates who have filed statements of interest in District 1, as of Tuesday afternoon. Three Democrats — educators Jeff Farrell and Rex Scott, and retired law enforcement officer Brian Radford — have submitted paperwork for the seat.

Contact reporter Justin Sayers at or 573-4192. Twitter: @_JustinSayers. Facebook: JustinSSayers.

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Justin, a two-time University of Arizona graduate, covers local government, focusing on the City of Tucson. He previously worked at the Louisville Courier Journal, Arizona Republic and Hartford Courant and has received several journalism awards.

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