Lawsuit Claims Expelled Arizona Lawmaker Don Shooter Can't Run For Office

Published: Friday, June 8, 2018 - 1:54pm
Updated: Friday, June 8, 2018 - 2:41pm
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Republican Don Shooter was expelled from the Arizona Legislature on Feb. 2, 2018.

A new lawsuit says a former Arizona lawmaker shouldn't be allowed to run for office again because he doesn't live in the district.

Republican Don Shooter was expelled from the House of Representatives in February. He filed to run for state Senate in the same district that covers parts of Yuma to areas west of Phoenix. Brent Backus, one of three other Republicans seeking the seat, filed a lawsuit Friday that argues Shooter actually lives in a part of Phoenix not covered by the district.

The Arizona Capitol Times reports Shooter recently changed his voter registration from Yuma to Phoenix and then back to Yuma. He shortly thereafter filed to run for state Senate.

Arizona’s Constitution requires candidates for state Legislature to live in their districts, but there is no enforcement.

Shooter was the first state lawmaker kicked out of office since the #MeToo movement began. Multiple women accused him of inappropriate behavior. He has said he never sought to touch anyone or have a sexual relationship with them.

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