A member of one of Scottsdale’s more influential Republican families has been tapped to lead the campaign for City Council candidate Suzanne Klapp.
Klapp named Donna Reagan as her political committee chairwoman, according to documents filed with the city Tuesday.
Reagan is past chairwoman of the District 8 Republican Committee and is a member of the state’s Republican Party executive committee for Congressional District 5, a seat now held by Rep. Harry Mitchell, D-Ariz.
Reagan’s husband, Michael, is the elected McDowell Mountain justice of the peace and Reagan’s daughter, Michele, is a District 8 state representative. District 8 includes parts of Scottsdale and Fountain Hills.
“I’ve known Donna (Reagan) for a number of years and trust her implicitly,” said Klapp, a District 8 Republican precinct committeeman. “She’s a competent woman and a great chairman for me to have.”
Reagan, whose family once owned a sign business, said she’s told Klapp, who owns a frame store, she would support her if she ever ran for council.
“With her small-business ownership, she’d bring a wonderful, refreshing perspective to the City Council,” Reagan said.
When Scottsdale voters next year elect a nonpartisan mayor and three council members, that will be the first time the city will hold a council election in September, the same day as state party primaries.
Klapp and Reagan said they did not know what effect the September date may have on the campaign.
Klapp, a member of the Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce public policy committee, is expected to face a number of opponents for three council seats.
On Monday, Nan Nesvig updated her political committee to officially launch her candidacy. Lisa Borowsky, the sister of Skin Cabaret owner Todd Borowsky, and Joel Bramoweth have also pulled papers to run.
Current council members Betty Drake, Jim Lane and Ron McCullagh have all said they plan to run again, with Lane not ruling out a run for mayor.
Mayor Mary Manross said she plans to seek re-election. Jim Derouin on Monday pulled paperwork to challenge Manross, but the attorney said he has not committed to running.