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Rachel Mitchell becomes second in GOP to qualify for Maricopa County attorney special election

Apr 3, 2022, 8:57 AM | Updated: 4:26 pm

(AP File Photo/Andrew Harnik)...

(AP File Photo/Andrew Harnik)

(AP File Photo/Andrew Harnik)

PHOENIX– Another Republican is joining the race for Maricopa County attorney as Chief Deputy Rachel Mitchell announced Saturday that she got the necessary signatures to be on the ballot.

Mitchell becomes the second Republican to hit the mark of 4,528 signatures needed for the party, joining fellow Republican Gina Godbehere who hit the number on Wednesday.

“We did it! Thank you Maricopa County,” Mitchell said in a press release. “After being the last to enter this race for signatures, we hit a huge milestone. I now have enough signatures to qualify to be your next county attorney. I’m humbled beyond words at the grassroots movement that made this happen.

“I’ve spent my career prosecuting violent crimes, sex offenders and child traffickers. I’m ready to fight for you, our families, and our neighborhoods. Thank you for your support and trust!”

Mitchell is well known for her role in U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings and is currently leading the attorney’s office.

She served as the acting Maricopa County attorney in 2019 when Bill Montgomery was appointed to the Arizona Supreme Court.

Allister Adel resigned from the role last week following a tumultuous time in office, including the recent disclosure that nearly 200 misdemeanor criminal cases had to be dropped because the office didn’t file charges on time.

Outside of Godbehere and Mitchell, Democrat Julie Gunnigle has also reached the necessary signatures to be on the ballot.

Republican Anni Foster, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey’s general counsel and his pick for the position, was below the signatures needed but said on Twitter on Thursday that she has collected enough to make the ballot.

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Rachel Mitchell becomes second in GOP to qualify for Maricopa County attorney special election