Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan loses primary election
PHOENIX — Arizona will elect a new secretary of state into office in November, after incumbent Michele Reagan was defeated by newcomer Steve Gaynor in the Republican Party primary election on Tuesday.
Gaynor, who owns a printing plant in Los Angeles, beat Reagan in Tuesday’s primary.
He campaigned on running a more efficient office, focusing on elections division.
Reagan is a former state lawmaker who has championed increased online processes for those who use the office’s services.
During her first term, she launched a new website aimed at increasing transparency for political donations.
Gaynor criticized the site as a poor use of tax dollars.
The latest round of campaign finance reports show Gaynor, a largely self-funded candidate who made multiple loans to his campaign, spent around $967,000 from July through mid-August.
Reagan spent around $182,000.
Gaynor will face unopposed Democrat Katie Hobbs in November.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.