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Democrat Kris Mayes enters race for Arizona attorney general

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PHOENIX — A second Democratic candidate has entered the race to become Arizona’s next attorney general.

Kris Mayes made her announcement Wednesday, saying she would provide more information on her 2022 campaign in the fall.

“We need to get back to the core mission of government — protect families, look out for the common good, protect everyone’s right to vote and play fair,” Mayes said.

Mayes, a former journalist and Arizona Corporation commissioner, has worked as a senior sustainability scientist at Arizona State University since 2010.

She criticized past decisions of Republican Attorney General Mark Brnovich, who is term limited and running for U.S. Senate in 2022.

“These past few months have showed us how far off track our state’s leaders have taken us,” Mayes said.

Mayes joins state Rep. Diego Rodriguez on the Democratic side of the race.

Former Arizona Supreme Court Justice Andrew Gould, past 1st Congressional District candidate Tiffany Shedd and former Border Patrol section chief for the U.S. Attorney’s Office Lacy Cooper have thrown their names into the ring on the Republican side.

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