Arizona Secretary of State Faces Challenge in GOP Primary

Aug 14, 2018

Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan is facing a primary challenge from a Republican businessman who claims that her tenure has been marked by missteps in state's elections division.

Republican secretary of state candidate Steve Gaynor speaks in Lake Havasu City.
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Reagan, a former state legislator, is finishing up her first term. Challenger Steve Gaynor says her tenure has been marred by issues like a delayed mailing of voter pamphlets and the rollout of a campaign finance website that he calls a "waste of taxpayer money."

Reagan maintains that she's brought practical and long-needed improvements to the office, like the ability to accept credit cards.

The winner of the August 28 primary will face state Sen. Minority Leader Katie Hobbs, a Democrat from Phoenix who is running unopposed.