/ Modified jul 24, 2016 12:24 p.m.

Republican Supervisors Candidates in Districts 1, 4

Primary voters have Ray Carroll's seat to fill and a challenge to incumbent Ally Miller.

An open seat on the Pima County Board of Supervisors has drawn three Republican candidates who say they would do things differently than outgoing Supervisor Ray Carroll.

Carroll announced in February he will not seek re-election, after 20 years representing the east and southeast sides of the Tucson metro area and Pima County.

After his announcement, Republicans Steve Christy and John Backer got in the race. Marla Closen was already running, hoping to unseat Carroll.

All three met to discuss their stances and the issues for Friday's Metro Week.

Backer said he most resembles District 1 Incumbent Republican Ally Miller in his candidacy and policies. Miller is considered the most conservative member of the board.

Closen, when asked to compare herself with current or past Republican supervisors, said she is her own person and would work with everyone on the board.

Christy also chose not to make a comparison. He has received Carroll's endorsement in the primary.

The winner of the Republican primary will face Josh Reilly of the Green Party in the November general election. No Democrat is running.

All seats on the Board of Supervisors are up for election this year, with primary election competition limited to District 1 and District 4 Republicans.

Also in this episode:


District 1 Republican John Winchester, who is challenging incumbent Ally Miller for the northwest side supervisor seat. Miller said she had a conflict with the date proposed for a Metro Week interview, and did not respond to a request to appear on one of two other proposed dates.

Dylan Smith of the TucsonSentinel.com analyzes the races.

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