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Congresswoman Debbie Lesko is running for the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors

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U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Lesko speaking with attendees at a meeting of the Arizona Legislative District 28 Republican Party at Westbrook Village in Peoria in December 2023.

West Valley congresswoman Debbie Lesko announced on Tuesday that she’s running for a seat on the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors.

She had previously voted to overturn presidential election results that the Republican-led board had been accused of manipulating. 

Lesko was endorsed by former President Donald Trump in 2022 after she joined 146 other Republicans in voting to overturn the 2020 election in Trump’s favor. 

Outgoing Republican Supervisor Clint Hickman said he hasn’t discussed that with Lesko but gave her credit for calling him instead of signing on to a letter with other Arizona Republicans questioning how counties ran the election. 

“She picked up the phone and said, ‘I don't, in my gut, I don't think this is right,’ and she didn't sign that letter, so that meant everything to me,” Hickman recalled.

He said he won’t make any endorsements and added that his resignation is legitimately to spend more time with his family, which he’s excited about.

Lesko did not respond to requests for comment.

The board, which is made up of four Republicans and a Democrat, was berated by Trump allies and accused of committing fraud in Biden’s favor. 

An audit of county ballots reinforced the fact that Biden won.

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Camryn Sanchez is a field correspondent at KJZZ covering everything to do with state politics.