Mark Brnovich Re-Elected As Arizona Attorney General, Defeating January Contreras

Published: Tuesday, November 6, 2018 - 10:02pm
Updated: Tuesday, November 6, 2018 - 10:47pm
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Mark Brnovich speaks to supporters on Nov. 6, 2018.

Republican incumbent Mark Brnovich has retained his position as Arizona’s attorney general. He defeated Democratic challenger January Contreras, a former county and state prosecutor, to maintain his office as Arizona’s chief law enforcement official.

He ran largely on his prosecutorial experience in both civil and criminal cases whether individuals or corporations.

Brnovich was first elected as attorney general in 2014 and has emphasized his office's prosecution of "would-be terrorists" and people accused of sex crimes with children.

He previously prosecuted high profile cases with the Maricopa County Attorney's Office's gang and repeat offender unit.

Contreras prosecuted fraud and abuse in the health care system before founding a not-for-profit legal aid organization.

Brnovich was criticized for including Arizona in a national legal battle to repeal part of the Affordable Care Act.

Contreras was targeted with attack ads over patient neglect a decade ago at an Arizona home for elderly veterans when she was a gubernatorial health policy adviser.

Brnovich recently came under fire even from members of his own party for changes he made to the language in Proposition 127, that would have amended Arizona’s state constitution to increase the amount of renewable energy resources to 50 percent by 2030.

He closed out his victory speech by taunting billionaire Tom Steyer, whose political action committee funded Proposition 127.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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