Arizonans will choose a new attorney general, the state’s top lawyer, in the 2022 election.
Republican incumbent Mark Brnovich is termed out and now running as a candidate for the U.S. Senate.
The Attorney General’s Office provides legal advice to most state agencies and enforces consumer protection and civil rights laws. According to its website, it prosecutes financial crimes, conspiracies involving illegal drugs, white collar crime, organized crime, public corruption, environmental laws and crimes committed in more than one county.
It brings and defends lawsuits on behalf of the state and can investigate local ordinances that conflict with state law.
These are the candidates running:
Democratic candidates for attorney general
Law professor and attorney Kris Mayes is seeking the Democratic nomination for attorney general.
Mayes previously served seven years on the Arizona Corporation Commission. Her attorney general campaign website states that she “helped create tens of thousands of high-paying jobs, saved Arizona consumers tens of billions of dollars, and fought climate change by requiring utilities to produce more clean energy.”
As attorney general, Mayes said she would focus on fighting elder abuse, voter suppression and consumer fraud. She said she would place a focus on protecting public education and Arizona’s natural resources. She has yet to release a detailed policy plan.
Mayes previously worked as the director of communications for former democratic Gov. Janet Napolitano. She is a co-director of Arizona State University’s Energy Policy Innovation Council and is a professor at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law.
State Rep. Diego Rodriguez of Phoenix is running for attorney general after serving one term in the Arizona House of Representatives.
On his campaign website, he notes previous positions as a prosecutor, defense attorney and state legislator, which he said have helped him understand Arizonan’s biggest needs: “Access to health care, fair wages, and equal opportunities.”
On the campaign website, Rodriquez lists criminal justice reform — including reforming policing, courts and prisons — and banning private prisons among his priorities.
Rodriguez founded the Rodriguez Law Office in 2008. He previously worked for four years with the Pima County Attorney’s Office in the 1990s before joining various private firms.
Robert McWhirter has 30 years of experience in criminal justice, federally and locally.
McWhirter spent 17 years working as an assistant federal public defender. Currently, McWhirter is a member of the Arizona Bar and is on the Bar Board of Governors. McWhirter previously ran for Maricopa County attorney in 2020.
McWhirter has yet to launch a a campaign website and policies he is campaigning on.
During his run for Maricopa County attorney, McWhirter apologized for his use of the N-word in 2018 while teaching a legal education class on Minorities and Women in the law for the state Bar of Arizona.
Republican candidates for attorney general
Lacy Cooper served as the Border Patrol Section Chief for the U.S. Attorney’s Office from 2013 until this March.
Cooper’s campaign website lists border protection as among her primary issues. She wants to encourage people to legally apply for entry into the country and block any incentives for illegal border crossings. Cooper has been outspoken against the Biden administration’s immigration policies.
Cooper also lists combating elder abuse and child sex trafficking as campaign priorities, along with supporting law enforcement.
She currently works as a civil litigator and previously worked as a deputy county attorney in Gila County.
Rodney Glassman is an attorney and is a current member of the Unites States Airforce Justice Advocate General Corps.
Glassman’s campaign site highlights his “pro-Arizona agenda” and states that he would use the office “to protect you from the government.”
Top issues include standing up against big government, securing the border, combating election fraud and protecting the police.
Glassman was a Democrat until changing parties in 2016. He previously has run for several government positions, including U.S senator in 2010, Arizona Corporation Commission member in 2018 and Maricopa County assessor in 2020.
Andrew Gould, a former Arizona Supreme Court justice, retired this year after being appointed by Gov. Doug Ducey in 2016.
Key issues listed on Gould’s campaign website including defending the Constitution, immigration, protecting the Second Amendment and protecting free speech by opposing big-tech censorship. Gould does not include detailed plans plans for these issues.
Before the Arizona Supreme Court, Gould was appointed to the court of appeals by former Gov. Jan Brewer in 2011. Gould has formerly worked in private firms throughout Phoenix and as a prosecutor in Maricopa and Yuma counties.
Gould’s website states that his experience gives him the advantage in the race for attorney general.
Dawn Grove is a manufacturing executive and lawyer for her family’s business, PING, an Arizona-based golf company. She has deep roots in the Arizona business community.
Grove’s campaign website states that she would “defend the Constitution, freedom and opportunity for Arizona’s next generation of children and grandchildren.”
To do this, Grove will fight against the “overreach” of the Biden administration and promote job creation and access to affordable clean energy. Other priorities listed include defending the border, protecting religious and personal liberties and protecting vulnerable Arizonans.
Grove is an Arizona Commerce Authority board member and is the current chair of the Workforce Arizona Council. She formerly served as the chair of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and the Arizona Manufacturing Council. Grove was appointed to a seat on the U.S. Manufacturing Council during the Obama administration, serving as an adviser on economic growth issues.
Tiffany Shedd is a lawyer and cotton farmer who is running for attorney general.
On her campaign site, Shedd lists pushing back on government overreach as a focus point of her campaign. As a farmer in Eloy, Shedd said she has seen the failure of weak borders and will work to “enforce Arizona’s laws at the border even if the federal government won’t enforce theirs,” including targeting cartels and human traffickers.
Shedd will also fight efforts to defund police and will use money collected from organized crime to fund the police and provide them with need resources. Her website also lists election integrity and protecting the Constitution as priorities, specifically noting the Second Amendment.