Jack Sellers was elected the chair of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors at its Jan. 6 meeting.

Sellers, the District 1 supervisor, said he is focused on a bright future for the county.

“Over the last year, I have watched as our whole nation has been shaken to its core,” Sellers said. “The faster we as a county, a state and a nation can beat this virus, the faster we can secure a brighter future for all Americans.”

Sellers said the first step is ending the COVID-19 pandemic by ensuring residents have accurate information about the spread of the virus and timely access to vaccines.

“My office will look to expand our efforts to educate on facts, especially when it comes to the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines. The critics are loud; we will be louder,” Sellers stated. “We will continue to lead based on science and common sense.”

Sellers said the next step is restoring trust in elections to voters.

“The board of supervisors welcomes good-faith efforts to make our elections the best they can be. That is why my colleagues and I support a full forensic audit of our election tabulation equipment once all litigation related to the 2020 general election is over,” Sellers said. “I have full faith in our team and the integrity of our elections.”

He noted previous audits and hand counts have shown the 2020 elections were safe, secure, and accurate.

Sellers released a statement Jan. 8 condemning the attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

"Two days now since the attack on our nation’s Capitol, I am seeing encouraging signs that the voices of democracy and truth are more powerful that those who seek to undermine both," Sellers said in a statement. "I strongly condemn the riotous actions of the mob that stormed the sacred halls of the U.S. Capitol; it was truly chilling to watch. I also condemn those who spread misleading information and outright lies which were clearly a root cause of Wednesday's destruction and violence. What is encouraging to me is how this attack has steeled spines and led more people to speak out publicly for what they know is right."

Sellers called the election in Maricopa County "safe, secure and accurate."

Sellers said in addition to election security, he wants to focus on getting voter approval on a regional transportation and infrastructure plan to replace Proposition 400.

“We cannot lose sight of planning for our future,” Sellers said. “As hard as it is to remember, the current crises are temporary. What we must focus on is how to sustain and improve quality of life in our region for the next 20 years. Extensive expansion of smart infrastructure will be the key to our future success."

Sellers was appointed to the board of supervisors in February 2019. In November, voters elected him to serve a four-year term on the board.