Insiders are revealing that the current Pima County Board of Supervisor Ally Miller from District 1, covering Pima’s richer whiter population, may be announcing a run soon for the seat being vacated by CD 2’s Martha McSally who will be running for US Senate.
The CEO of the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Lea Marquez, has already received the support of Tucson’s business elite, including Jim Click in her run for CD 2.
Miller faced controversy recently during the afternoon of the Charleston White Supremacist rally when she said she’s “White – and Proud of it.”
The differences in this race (no pun intended) will truly put a split in the modern Republican Party.
On one side you have the business community that will not want to get deep into the xenophobic issues facing the border district.
On the other side, you have the TEA Party’s darling who is not afraid to proclaim her White Pride after a death at a White Supremacy rally; Miller will surely attract the Steve Bannon wing of the Republican Party.
This district has always been a challenge for both Democrats and Republicans since it was redistricted into a highly competitive district. In addition to “progressive” Tucson, the district embraces towns that embrace the old cowboy lore such as Tombstone in conservative Cochise County.
Since Miller would have to resign her current seat in order to run, early word is that the Board of Supervisors will appoint her Republican primary opponent, John Winchester, to her seat.