Arizona Attorney General’s race wide open in GOP primaries | National government and new policies

By ANITA SNOW – Associated Press

PHOENIX (AP) — The race for Arizona’s attorney general is wide open as Tuesday’s primaries approach, with six Republicans and just one Democrat eyeing a job that could have played an outsized role on issues like as abortion and the integrity of elections.

Term limits prevent Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, who is currently completing his second four-year term, from running again. He is seeking the Republican nomination for Democratic US Senator Mark Kelly’s seat.

Brnovich has been mired in the reproductive rights debate in Arizona since the U.S. Supreme Court this year overturned Roe v. Wade who called abortion a constitutional right. In mid-July, he asked a Tucson judge to lift a decades-old order blocking enforcement of a near-total abortion ban passed before Arizona became a state, citing the High Court decision. A hearing is in progress.

More court battles are expected as Arizona clinics wait to provide abortions until there is greater legal clarity. A new law due to come into force on September 24 would be less strict than the initial ban, banning abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy.

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Abraham Hamadeh, a former Maricopa County prosecutor and U.S. Army Reserve intelligence officer backed by former President Donald Trump, and the five other Republicans vying for their party’s nomination said they would defend the prevailing Arizona abortion law.

But Democratic candidate Kris Mayes, a lawyer and college professor who served for seven years on the Arizona Corporation Commission, said she supports abortion rights and does not consider either law to be constitutional.

Mayes is running unopposed for his party’s nod. She calls herself “the people’s advocate” and says she will fight for the right to vote, the environment and the most vulnerable people in the state.

GOP candidates have highlighted border security as their top issue over abortion or election integrity.

Andrew Gould, a former Yuma County prosecutor and judge who retired from the Arizona Supreme Court to enter politics, received last-minute endorsements from former Arizona governors this week. Jan Brewer and Fife Symington, both Republicans.

The other four candidates for the Republican nomination are:

— Dawn Grove, lawyer and manufacturing executive whose family built the PING golf business.

— Lacy Cooper, former state and federal attorney and chief of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Border Patrol Section.

— Rodney Glassman, lawyer and member of the US Air Force JAG Corps.

— Tiffany Shedd, lawyer and cotton farmer from Eloy, Arizona.

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