Republican Party chairman’s consulting firm working on legislative races prompting conflict of interest questions

Kelli Ward and her husband, Michael, speaking at a primary election night watch party in Scottsdale in 2016. /Photo by Gage Skidmore / Wikimedia Commons/CC BY-SA 2.0

By Jeremy Duda | Arizona Mirror

A political consulting firm owned by Arizona Republican Party Chairwoman Kelli Ward and her husband is soliciting work for legislative campaigns, raising questions among Republicans about conflicts of interest.

Atlas Alliance, which Kelli and Michael Ward formed in September 2018, has already signed an agreement to work with one legislative candidate and has solicited business from another. Both candidates say Michael Ward reached out to them about consulting for their campaigns.

State political parties are generally expected to remain neutral in intra-party fights. One hallmark of that neutrality is not taking sides in contested primary elections. Though neither Jon Saline and David Peelman, both of whom are running for the state House of Representatives in Northern Arizona, have contested primaries, there’s still plenty of time for others to join the race.READ ON:

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