Former lawmaker Diego Rodriguez suspends Arizona attorney general run
Former point out senator Diego Rodriguez has suspended his marketing campaign to be the Democratic nominee for Arizona lawyer common, leaving Kris Mayes as the lone Democrat in the race.
Mayes, an lawyer, is a former member of the Arizona Company Fee.
Rodriguez announced his campaign’s suspension in an e-mail Friday.
“I devoted my job as an legal professional and my time as a legislator to the thought that values this kind of as Fairness, Justice, Integrity, and Compassion should be element of the foundation of our democracy. Now, I will go on to a new problem to uplift those people values with the target of creating more robust and improved authorities at all stages,” he wrote.
He programs to start a Phoenix-based mostly nonprofit to address how communities can better advocate for changes in general public policy and the forms of candidates who operate for office.
“I want to make certain that the people of Arizona recognize pretty obviously wherever we are at correct now and how we acquired right here… I do not assume incredibly numerous people today totally recognize just how arranged the initiatives are when it will come to some of these society war problems that we’re continuously working with and what it is really heading to consider to get earlier this,” he explained to The Arizona Republic.
The move comes in opposition to the backdrop of the April 4 candidate submitting deadline.
Rodriguez did not make clear why he was suspending his campaign. But he had lifted the least total of income of all the lawyer general candidates, with $47,000 on hand by the conclude of last yr. Mayes, in distinction, had raised $364,000 in 2021.
New marketing campaign finance figures will be documented later on this month.
In a assertion to The Republic, Mayes reported, “I’d like to thank Diego Rodriguez. Jogging for business is a big sacrifice, and Diego not only put himself out there, he brought an significant and substantive viewpoint to the race.”
A 3rd Democratic contender for lawyer general, Robert McWhirter, dropped out immediately after the Jan.15 deadline to disclose 2021 fundraising totals to the secretary of point out.
While the Democratic contest might be made a decision, the Republican battle for lawyer general nominee is much from above.
Attorney Rodney Glassman former Arizona Supreme Court Justice Andrew Gould former Maricopa County prosecutor Abe Hamadeh former U.S. Attorney’s Office border safety segment main Lacy Cooper Karsten Producing corporate counsel Dawn Grove and Eloy lawyer Tiffany Shedd are all jogging in the key election Aug. 2.
Tara Kavaler is a politics reporter at The Arizona Republic. She can be reached by electronic mail at [email protected] or on Twitter @kavalertara.
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