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Former Yavapai County supervisor to challenge Rep. Crane in GOP primary

Former Yavapai County Supervisor Jack Smith will represent Arizona's 2nd Congressional District against incumbent Eli Crane in the Republican primary.

Mr. Smith served on the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors until 2019. President Donald Trump then selected him for the post of state director of the Department of Agriculture's Rural Development Program.

Smith has since worked for the Arizona Department of Government and Yavapai College.

Crane has represented the district since 2022, when he defeated longtime Congressman Tom O'Halleran, a Democrat, after redistricting changed the district's political makeup.

The winner of the Republican primary will face former Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez, a Democrat.

The 2nd Congressional District covers much of northern and eastern Arizona, including all of Coconino, Yavapai, Navajo, Apache, and Gila counties. Also includes parts of Pinal, Graham, Maricopa, and Mohave counties.

cook political reportRepublicans have an approximately 6-point lead in the district.

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