Bret Roberts is the latest candidate to announce a run for a House seat in Legislative District 11. A Republican, Roberts is the constable of the Maricopa/Stanfield Justice Court.
He will be running as a team with current representative Vince Leach and Mark Finchem. State Sen. Steve Smith announced he intends to run for U.S. Congress. Leach then announced he would run for Smith’s seat in the Senate, leaving his House seat without an incumbent.
“Having Steve Smith, Vince Leach, and Mark Finchem at the Capitol has been great for our district, and they’ve set the bar very high in terms of their voting record and constituent service,” Roberts stated in his announcement. “I’m honored that Vince and Mark have agreed to support me, and I promise to work hard to meet the high standards they have set.”
Roberts is not the first Maricopa Republican to file his committee paperwork to run for the House in 2018. Bridger Kimball, a former city councilmember, announced his candidacy earlier this month. Barry McCain, a Democrat, has also filed to run for the House seat.
Roberts has lived in Maricopa since 2009. Married with three grown children, he has been a loan processor and a detention officer. He was elected constable in 2014.