A spokesman for the man that many expect will provide Senate President Russell Pearce with the stiffest competition in November’s recall election said the campaign has already collected signatures from enough voters to get Jerry Lewis’ name on the ballot.
“Based on what we have returned and what we still have out in the field, we believe we’ve already exceeded the required 621 signatures,” said Chase Barrett, the campaign manager for Lewis. He said the campaign is only using volunteers to gather the nominating petition signatures.
Lewis, a Republican, announced his candidacy July 27. Two other people – independent Tommy Cattey and Republican Olivia Cortes – have also said they will run against Pearce, who is the first Arizona legislator to ever face recall.
Pearce’s name will automatically appear on the ballot, but other candidates must collect signatures from 621 voters who live in Legislative District 18, which encompasses much of western Mesa. Nominating petitions must be filed with the Secretary of State’s Office between Aug. 10 and Sept. 9.
Barrett said the campaign had not determined when it would file its nominating petitions, but said he expects signatures will be gathered until mid-August.