Former Arizona Elections Director Joe Kanefield To Lead Rep. David Stringer Investigation

By Al Macias
Published: Monday, February 4, 2019 - 7:14pm
Updated: Tuesday, February 5, 2019 - 12:39pm
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David Stringer.

Outside investigators have been named to assist in an ethics investigation of Arizona Rep. David Stringer. The team will be led by a former assistant Arizona attorney general.

The first ethics complaint against Stringer was filed last week after the Phoenix New Times published information showing that Stringer was charged with sex crimes 36 years ago when he lived in Maryland. That complaint was filed by Republican state Rep. Kelly Townsend.

A few days later, a second ethics complaint was filed over the sex charges and Stinger’s controversial comments about race. That complaint was filed by House Minority Leader Reginald Bolding.

On Monday the chairman of the house ethics committee announced that Joe Kanefield would head up the team investigating the complaints. Kanefield has served as the state elections director in addition to serving as assistant Arizona attorney general.

Stringer says he was not convicted of the charges and has apologized for his comments about race.