Who is running for Arizona attorney general? These are the major candidates in the race

Melissa Estrada
Arizona Republic
Arizonans will choose a new attorney general in the 2022 election.

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 candidate for attorney general

Kris Mayes  

Kris Mayes

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.

Diego Rodriguez and Robert McWhirter withdrew from the race. 

Republican candidates for attorney general

Lacy Cooper 

Lacy Cooper

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

Rodney Glassman

Rodney Glassman is an attorney and a U.S. Air Force reserve officer. He is a current member of the United States Air Force Judge Advocate General’s 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

Andrew Gould

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 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

Dawn Grove

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.

Abraham Hamadeh

Abe Hamadeh is a Republican running for Arizona attorney general in the 2022 election.

Abraham "Abe" Hamadeh is a former prosecutor for the Maricopa County Attorney's Office, whose campaign announced had raised $100,000 in his first week of running for attorney general.

Hamadeh's campaign website states that, as an Army intelligence officer he "swore an oath to protect and defend the Constitution over here and abroad. I'm not done fighting for our country — I'm just getting started."

The issues on his campaign site include election security, which he states will be prioritized in office, and increasing the number of investigators and prosecutors to "prepare and protect the 2024 election." His campaign issues also include opposing what he views as censorship by tech companies, enforcing state border security laws and supporting law enforcement officers. 

Hamadeh plans to work to make mental health services more "available and accessible." He also wants to provide free civil law services to "active duty, reserve, National Guard, and retired service-members" by creating an Office of Military Legal Assistance. 

Tiffany Shedd

Tiffany Shedd is the first candidate to formally announce a 2022 bid for Arizona attorney general.

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 focal 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 needed resources. Her website also lists election integrity and protecting the Constitution as priorities, specifically noting the Second Amendment.  

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