Several Candidates Submit Their Names to Replace State Sen. Steve Kaiser Who Resigned From the Arizona Legislature

State Senator Steve Kaiser (R-Phoenix) resigned earlier this month from the Arizona Legislature, leaving a void that must be filled by a Republican from that district per state law. The precinct committeemen in Legislative District 2, which is based in north Phoenix, will select three names at a meeting on June 26 to send to the Maricopa County Supervisors, who will have the final pick. 

The Arizona Sun Times has learned of three Republicans who have submitted their names for consideration to LD 2.

Shawnna Bolick, who previously served in the Arizona Legislature as a representative for the district from 2019 to 2022, sent a letter to LD 2 PCs laying out her qualifications and reasons for desiring to return to the legislature. She cited her work as a PC, including canvassing, her position as the chair for the House Ways and Means Committee where she killed numerous tax increases, and her high ratings from various conservative organizations. 

Ari Bradshaw, president of the North Valley Young Republicans, also submitted his name. In a letter he sent to LD 2 PCs, he said he “worked for Kari Lake and Sam Stone during their respective general elections and currently manage the Arizona Majority project for the Arizona State House Majority.” 

A third candidate who put their hat into the ring is Josh Barnett, who ran unsuccessfully for Congress twice. The grassroots candidate told The Sun Times, “I filed to run for the LD2 AZ Senate race to give the People the representation they deserve. I will fill the communication void that has been formed over the years between the People and their elected Servants, which has led to increased frustration with our State government. I will provide daily video updates to keep ALL voters informed on the issues at hand.”

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