This year’s primary election just got a bit more interesting with two high-ranking officials resigning, opening the positions to be filled by the voters.
Within a six-month span, both Supervisor Steve Chucri and County Attorney Allister Adel announced their resignations.
Citing political toxicity, Supervisor Chucri announced his intentions to step down from his District 2 seat effective Nov. 5. Thomas Galvin was appointed to hold down Chucri’s seat on the board of supervisors until this year’s election. He is among four Republicans in the running to complete Chucri’s term, which runs through 2024. No Democrats filed signatures for the seat.
In March, County Attorney Allster Adel announced her resignation after a growing list of scandals and failures dating back to her election in November 2020.
Adel has been criticized with speculation that she deflected responsibility for unsettling happenings in her office and deficient leadership, causing her employees and the community at large to criticize a lack of accountability in the office.
At the time of her resignation, Adel said in a statement, “I am proud of the many accomplishments of the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office during my tenure, including policies that seek justice in a fair and equitable manner, hold violent offenders accountable, protect the rights of crime victims, and keep families safe.”
Candidates interested in running for Adel’s position, had very limited time to pull together the required number of signatures to reach the ballot. Three Republicans and one Democrat were able to meet the campaign requirements and have officially been named candidates for Phoenix’s top prosecutor consideration.
Below is the list of candidates for the open county offices who have submitted the required signatures to get on the ballot by the April 4 deadline. Their signature submissions are still pending challenges, per the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office:
District 2 Board of Supervisor
Thayer L. Verschoor
Maricopa County Attorney
Anni L. Foster
The primary election is Aug. 2, and the general election will be held Nov. 8.