Former member of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors shares about his resignation
Nov. 10, 2021
Steve Chucri recently resigned from the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors after a recording surfaced that included Chucri criticizing his fellow Republican board members and supporting the State Senate’s self-styled audit of Maricopa County election results. We spoke with Chucri about the controversy and why he decided to resign from the board.
“It’s a difficult situation…when these secret recordings were released it really served as a tipping point for me to say ‘it’s time to move to the next chapter of my life,’ I took ownership of being critical of my colleagues more than 10 months ago when those recordings occurred for the most part and I owned it and I apologized. And they’re good people, they’re good men,” Chucri said.
But he continued that upon his further reflection, he decided this would be his third and final term. He believes you serve a public office and then you move on.
Chucri said he didn’t feel pressure to leave, he decided this all on his own. He continued that many may believe that this is why he resigned and “understandably so, given the circumstances but really it was a culmination and a tipping point when those recordings were released that made the decision for me that it’s time to move on, it’s time to leave the political toxicity behind.”
He said the problem with those recordings was, “they were at two different time frames. And they were conflating the two to one…in January, yes, I believed we needed to have an audit not because…I believed someone lost that really won, but for the future of elections. For next year and beyond.”
He believed that at the time when they did the Maricopa County audit that it would bring up concerns but it later found to be accurate.