Election intrigue played out last night in Legislative District 22 as the precinct committeemen held their third election for chairman. Much to the delight of the conservatives, Tea Party candidate and former Jeff Flake congressional rival, Jeff Smith emerged victorious, taking the special run-off election 128 – 118. He was challenged by Adam Armer.
The initial election for district officers was held in November but the voting was deemed illegal since the process did not conform to the county rules requiring that proxy carriers be registered Republicans from the same precinct as the person whose proxy they carry.
The second election ended in a tie and the parties opted for a third election.
The district’s previous chairman Chad Heywood worked as an aide to Congressman Jeff Flake. This election is regarded as another repudiation of the political class exerting control over the grassroots activists.