Senator Michele Reagan, who is in a three-way primary race for Secretary of State, snagged the coveted endorsement of Gov. Jan Brewer.
Reagan and Brewer, who was the secretary of state before becoming governor, appeared together at a restaurant in Phoenix on July 17, where the announcement was made.
“Michele is the only candidate for secretary of state who, God forbid something happens to the governor, that is able to step up and fill those shoes. It’s a big job as secretary of state,” Brewer said.
She said her endorsement will likely come with funding from her state political action committee Arizona’s Legacy.
“I will do everything possible that I can do for Michele Reagan to get her elected,” Brewer said, noting that Reagan’s background as chair of the Senate Elections Committee for the past two years prepares her for the job.
The recommendation from Brewer, who is highly popular among Republican voters, is seen as a huge boost to Reagan, who is facing a three-way GOP primary against businessman and political self-funder Wil Cardon, and state Rep. Justin Pierce, who is using the public finance system to run his campaign.
Like Brewer, Reagan has served in both the Arizona House and Senate, and has been dubbed a moderate Republican during her more than 10 years in public office.
Reagan said she looks up to the governor and hopes to follow in her footsteps as the state’s top elections official.
“She has determination charisma and courage, and isn’t afraid to do what she thinks is best for our state even if it ruffles a few feathers. And while I can’t speak for her, I would like to think she sees a little bit of that same courage in me,” Reagan said.
In fact, Brewer said the two first met when Brewer was serving as the secretary of state.
Brewer joins former Secretaries of State Jane Dee Hull and Betsey Bayless in endorsing Reagan in the race.
The winner of the Republican primary will face Democratic former Attorney General Terry Goddard in the November election. Brewer said Republicans would need a good candidate to beat Goddard.
“I certainly don’t want to see Terry Goddard win the second highest seat in the state, and I believe Michele will go out there and beat him,” Brewer said.