2022 Arizona attorney general's race: The candidates
Here are the candidates who have declared their candidacy for Arizona attorney general in the 2022 race so far.
Current Attorney General of Arizona Mark Brnovich's term will expire in 2023, and he is prohibited by state law from seeking a third term in office.
A former border security section chief with the U.S. attorney’s office, Lacy Cooper’s website claims her campaign is focused on border security, protecting law enforcement and protecting the constitution. During a recent debate, Cooper was the only GOP candidate to state she would have certified the 2020 election — one of the duties of the attorney general.
A perennial candidate, Rodney Glassman has run for a multitude of public offices, but yet to notch a win. The former Democrat turned Republican said in a press release he’s running for attorney general to “emphasize the importance of protecting citizens from the government and fighting for states' rights.” Glassman also said he’d make the border a priority, and he’s cast doubts on the outcome of the 2020 election like most other candidates in the race.
Former Arizona Supreme Court Justice Andrew Gould retired from the bench in March 2021 specifically to run for office. "By no means was this an easy decision, but it shows my commitment to fight for the rights and liberties of all Arizonans," Gould said in a tweet. Gould previously served on the Arizona Court of Appeals, before he was appointed as a justice by Gov. Doug Ducey as part of an expansion of the high court in 2016. Gould dodged a question about certifying the 2020 election at a recent debate.
Grove is corporate counsel for Karsten Manufacturing, the makers of PING golf clubs and Grove’s family business. Her stances include defending the border, religious and personal liberties and defending against what she says is big tech silencing conservatives, referencing former President Donald Trump in her campaign video. Grove says she would not have certified the 2020 election. She also says she’d classify illegal border crossings as an “invasion” for legal purposes.
Abraham "Abe" Hamadeh
Abe Hamadeh is a former county prosecutor with the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office. According to his website, he is an intelligence officer in the U.S. Army Reserve. He is running on election security – Hamadeh says he would not have certified the 2020 election results – border protection, gun rights, critical race theory and so-called cancel culture.
A former Arizona Corporation Commissioner, Mayes is running unopposed as the Democratic nominee for attorney general. A former Republican, Mayes changed her voter registration during the Trump administration. Mayes says her priorities include fighting consumer fraud, protecting public education, and preserving the state’s natural resources. “There are big companies, politicians, and government agencies that get out of line and mistreat people,” Mayes said in a press release. “The Attorney General’s main job is to use the law to protect you and your family from bad actors."
After failing to unseat Democratic Rep. Tom O’Halleran in 2020, Tiffany Shedd — a small business owner and attorney – is running for attorney general. "I’m running for attorney general because I’ve never seen anything as dangerous as what AZ is facing. We need an AG who will hold the line and protect Arizonans from D.C.’s dangerous socialist policies," Shedd said in a tweet. On her campaign website, Shedd addresses issues like federal regulation and election security — like most GOP candidates, Shedd says she would not have certified the 2020 election results.