Energy law professor shows up for Arizona attorney general


Kris Mayes plans to focus on climate change and integrity in his campaign for 2022

Kris Mayes, professor of practice at Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, is leading a Democratic campaign for Arizona attorney general for the 2022 election. Mayes goal is to refocus the attorney general’s office on change climate change, by shifting its priorities to filing more significant disputes to protect the environment.

“I think climate change is an existential crisis and we need to conserve Arizona’s resources,” said Mayes, who has lectured on energy law.

Mayes’ focus on climate change comes from his previous terms as a member of the Arizona Corporation Commission, where climate initiatives were at the center of his tenure. Mayes doesn’t just want to focus on climate change, she also says she plans to “restore confidence in the Arizona government.”

Mayes’ colleague at ASU, Tempe City Council member and Democratic candidate for the Corporations Commission Lauren Kuby said Mayes was “the mother of the renewable energy standard across the United States.”

The Arizona attorney general has fluctuated between the two dominant political parties in the United States in recent years, moving from Republican to Democratic both attorneys general. Mayes, a former Republican, wants to remove the leadership role from her old party, which she has described as increasingly political.

The Arizona Legislature, according to Mayes, has grown increasingly partisan over the past year. The recent audit of the 2020 election was led by Republican members of the state Congress. The results of the audit proved that President Joe Biden won Arizona and by a wider margin than previously announced. Mayes called the whole event a “fraud”.

“The Republican Party was very different back then,” Mayes said at an ASU Young Democrats general assembly on Friday, referring to his time in the party prior to 2019. “Democracy is under direct attack by the Republican members of the Arizona Legislature, our Governor and our Attorney General. “

Sahara Sajjadi, a junior political science student who attended the Young Democrats meeting, said she “enjoyed (Mayes) coming to speak to us. Obviously the Attorney General plays a very important role. is the one we were most upset to lose in the 2020 election. ” . “

Mayes also launched an attack on current Republican Attorney General Mark Brnovich, who has been very outspoken against Biden’s COVID-19 plan and environmental protections.

Brnovich recently filed a lawsuit against the Biden administration over the federal vaccine mandate that requires companies with more than 100 employees to mandate the COVID-19 vaccine or require weekly testing. Mayes called the trial “frivolous.”

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Some students at the Young Democrats reunion were found to be more divided over Mayes’ campaign, describing concerns about the similarity between the Democratic candidates.

Edward Rus, a senior political science student, said: “I feel like we’re sort of entering a point where we are repeating ourselves with the kind of candidates we have.

“It’s a good thing to have a diversity of different candidates across the Democratic Party.”

The responsibility of the Attorney General is to represent the people of Arizona in any judicial capacity, whether it is the defense of a state law at the federal level or the attack on a federal law at the state level. a state.

Mayes wants his portrayal to focus on abortion protection.

“There is going to be a direct attack on Roe v. Wade here in Arizona based on Texas law,” Mayes said. “I will fight any effort by anyone in the legislature or governor’s office to deprive AZ women of their ability to access reproductive health care.”

With the passage of the recent Texas abortion bill, states across the country are discussing the possibility of proposing copycat legislation.

Mayes is concerned that another Brnovich-style mandate could lead to the passage of a similar bill in Arizona. Arizona State Senator Nancy Barto told the Phoenix New Times she and several other lawmakers were considering sponsoring a bill in the 2022 legislative session.

Martin Pasqualetti, Mayes’ colleague at the School of Geographic Sciences and Urban Planning, said “It will bring a breath of fresh air. It is not controlled by any lobbyist or any outside organization,” he said. declared. “I wholeheartedly support his candidacy.”

Journalist Alexis Waiss contributed to this article.

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