MARICOPA — Republican Jeff McClure looks to be the next Pinal County supervisor in District 4, leading independent Marlene Pearce by more than 4,000 votes.

Pearce was seeking to replace fellow Maricopa resident Anthony Smith, who is retiring from the board. However, McClure had 56.5% of the vote as of Friday, with a vote margin far more than the number of ballots left to be counted.

“I was cautiously optimistic about this race,” said southeast Pinal resident McClure Tuesday night. “I’ve been receiving good feedback from the people that I’ve talked with. It was a little closer than I anticipated when the numbers first came out, but we are pulling ahead.”

McClure is a resident of Eagle Crest Ranch, a community near Saddlebrooke. He has served on the Oracle School District Governing Board for the last seven years and recently helped pass a budget override for the district. He has also served as both precinct committeeman and state committeeman for the Pinal County Republican Party.

If elected, McClure hopes to continue the county’s work developing the eastern side of the district as well as working with other members of the board for the betterment of Pinal County. He said his campaign was rewarding, despite the challenges of running during a pandemic.

“I think the most humbling part of it is meeting people. … They’d been campaigning for me for months, and I’d never met these people or talked to them,” McClure said. “I think that’s so humbling. I think that’s the biggest thing about this, you find people who support you that you didn’t even know were out there.”

His rival Pearce has lived in Pinal County for 15 years and is a former Realtor. Since 2013, she has worked as district administrator under Smith, who along with his wife, Maricopa Councilwoman Nancy Smith, has endorsed her. She believes her current position has helped her strengthen her ties to the community and county organizations.

“I am very proud and grateful that over 14,000 people made a conscious choice to vote for me as an Independent,” Marlene wrote in an email Wednesday. “It took courage and I have no regrets.”

Pinal Supervisor, District 4

Candidate Votes %
Jeffrey McClure (R) 23,260 56.49
Marlene Pearce (I) 17,751 43.11
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Katie Sawyer covers Maricopa and the surrounding area for PinalCentral, including city, education, business, crime and more. She can be reached at ksawyer@pinalcentral.com.

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