The Sun Lakes Republican Club will feature “Safeguarding our State Elections” with Secretary of State Michele Reagan at its monthly meeting on Tuesday, April 11, at 6:30 p.m. in the Arizona Room of the Sun Lakes Country Club, 25601 S. Sun Lakes Blvd., Sun Lakes, AZ 85248. The public is invited and encouraged to attend this important presentation on protecting the votes of Arizona citizens from fraud and ballot harvesting. The many duties of the office of Secretary of State will also be explained.
Secretary of State Michele Reagan holds Arizona’s second highest elective office. Arizona does not have the office of Lieutenant Governor and, therefore, the office of Secretary of State serves that role. Through a combination of hard work, commitment to public service and the pioneer spirit, Michele exemplifies what it means to be an Arizonan.
Moving from the south suburbs of Chicago in 1991, Secretary Reagan adopted Arizona as her second home and opened FASTSIGNS in Phoenix, learning about the issues that face the state’s small businesses each day. Her steadfast advocacy for small business, community involvement, fiscal conservatism and a desire to do more became the catalyst to run for public office.
Reagan’s career in public service has spanned more than a decade in both houses of the Arizona legislature. Recognized as a tireless champion of small business, Secretary Reagan was named Chair of the Commerce Committee in the House and, later, Chair of the Economic Development and Jobs Creation Committee in the Senate.
During her candidacies for office, Michele developed a passion for fair, accurate and efficient elections. This passion contributed to the formation of the first Senate Elections Committee, of which she was Chair. She was encouraged by community advocates, state and local leaders and the last four Secretaries of State to run for the state’s second highest office. Reagan was elected to serve as the 20th Secretary of State in 2014.
Secretary Reagan’s distinguished career has earned her numerous awards and accolades, including Small Business Guardian from the National Federation of Independent Business, the Eye of the Eagle Award from the Arizona Small Business Association and one of the 50 Most Influential Women in Arizona by AZ Business Magazine in 2013. Secretary Reagan proudly serves on the Lieutenant Governors Association’s Board, representing the western states. She also serves on the Advisory Boards of Childhelp and Worldly Kids. She is a graduate of Illinois State University and was named by the Aspen Institute to its prestigious Rodel Fellowship, a program designed to bring together elected officials who have demonstrated an outstanding ability to work responsibly across partisan divisions and bring greater civility to public discourse.
U.S. Congressman Andy Biggs or his District Director Greg Safsten will offer an important update on the current legislative session in Washington, D.C. For more information, visit our website at www.slgop.org or contact Mike Tennant at 480-802-0178.