Crowded GOP field for Arizona attorney general centered on border and voter fraud

PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) — The Attorney General is one of the largest and most powerful offices in Arizona. Republicans have held the position for the past decade, and six candidates are running in the GOP primary this year who aim to make it that way. Driving this race is the same that drives other Republican primaries across the state and country, hammering home Democratic President Joe Biden’s policies, the border and unproven allegations of voter fraud.

Abraham Hamadeh, who is the youngest candidate in the race, is a former Maricopa County prosecutor and Army intelligence officer. Recently, he picked Donald Trump’s endorsement, which could prove crucial in a crowded field. Like the former president, Hamadeh continues to push baseless allegations of voter fraud. Andrew Gould has the most extensive legal training in the race having served five years on the state Supreme Court. He wouldn’t say whether he thinks the 2020 election was fair during a recent appearance on Arizona Family’s Politics Unplugged. One of his top priorities, like other candidates for the nomination, is border security. Gould has a 10-point plan to crack down on drug dealers and cartels by arresting them for trespassing once they set foot on Arizona soil. “We seize the fentanyl, the guns, the drugs and we prosecute based on that and all the crimes that are committed with it,” he told Arizona’s Family in May.

Lacy Cooper, who served as chief of the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Border Security Section during the Trump administration, also focuses on the border. Business executive Dawn Grove came out openly against mask and vaccine mandates during an interview last month. “I can’t stand to see the federal government stretching out over corporations and trying to turn private companies into enforcement arms to carry out mandates for which they had no legal authority,” he said. she declared.

Rodney Glassman, who was the Democratic candidate for the US Senate in 2010 before switching parties, made waves during a recent debate when he said he would run the attorney general’s office like a conservative activist. And Tiffany Shedd, a small-business owner and lawyer, has come forward on many of the same issues, including electoral reform and protecting gun rights.

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