From the Arizona Daily Star….
MILLER CHALLENGER EXPLORING
Back in 2016, some of the local Republican powers supported Pima County Supervisor Ally Miller’s re-election campaign, thinking maybe the GOP could win control of the board.
That was a little surprising because Miller, ever the firebrand, has at times criticized business-oriented Republicans like auto dealer and fundraiser Jim Click.
Those days of business Republicans supporting Miller appear to be over. More than two years before she’s up for re-election, some are already looking for a challenger.
“Enough’s enough,” said Edmund Marquez, a member of the Rio Nuevo board and longtime ally of Click and similarly inclined Republicans. “We need some better representation, someone who’s going to get things done.”
Marquez, the brother of Congressional District 2 candidate Lea Marquez Peterson, isn’t sure who will end up running. Miller herself considered running for the CD 2 nomination. I confirmed Thursday that former state representative Ethan Orr is considering challenging Miller.
“Some people who supported Ally in 2016 talked to me about running,” Orr told me. “People within the district are sick of the lack of leadership and the lack of results. I for one am sick of the roads that are crumbling in front of my house.”
Miller has made road repair her top priority, but she has indicated she’s unwilling to provide the necessary fifth vote to raise a sales tax for road repairs. She argues the county is overspending on other, less essential services.
Ousting her will be difficult, though. She beat primary challenger John Winchester, a first-time candidate, by 57 percent to 43 percent in 2016.