Phil Lovas, a 43-year-old hotel developer and Peoria Republican, will replace Rep. Judy Burges in the Arizona House of Representatives for Legislative District 4.
The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously today to appoint Lovas to fill Burges’ seat, citing the fact that he won the most votes during a nominating meeting among LD4 precinct committeemen earlier this month.
Lovas said his top legislative priorities will be making Arizona an attractive place to bring or start businesses, reducing sales and property taxes, cutting the size and scope of government and promoting conservative values.
“I certainly want to increase the personal property tax exemption,” Lovas said of specific measures he wants to promote. “I think we can look at more self-certification opportunities, similar to what (Councilman) Sal DiCiccio has been talking about for the city of Phoenix, making it easier to do business, quicker to do business.”
Lovas has never held elected office, but said his business credentials will help him craft business-friendly legislation.
Lovas is married to Republican fundraiser Corrine Lovas, who is working for U.S. Rep. Jeff Flake’s senate campaign and former Arizona House Speaker Kirk Adams’ congressional campaign, among others. Lovas was also endorsed by U.S. Rep. Ben Quayle for the position.
The vacancy in the House was created when Burges was appointed to fill former Sen. Scott Bundgaard’s seat after he resigned last month amid an ethics investigation related to a domestic-violence incident.
Lovas intends to run for the House this year in the newly drawn District 22, which covers Peoria, Glendale, Sun City West and Surprise.