On the Democratic side, 2020 nominee Julie Gunnigle said Tuesday that she’d already collected the requisite petitions in less than 24 hours. Gunnigle, who is a defense attorney, challenged Adel last cycle and lost by a close 51-49.
Things are considerably more crowded on the GOP side. The first to launch a bid was Anni Foster, who is Gov. Doug Ducey’s general counsel, and she was quickly joined by three others: City of Goodyear Prosecutor Gina Godbehere, attorney James Austin Woods, and prosecutor Rachel Mitchell.
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Godbehere on Tuesday earned a supportive tweet from former TV anchor Kari Lake, the far-right conspiracy theorist that Donald Trump is supporting for governor. Woods, for his part, is the son of the late Grant Woods, who served as state attorney general from 1991 to 1999. That link may not be helpful with GOP primary voters, though, as the elder Woods was a vocal Trump critic who became a Democrat in 2018.
Finally, Mitchell is a longtime sex crimes prosecutor who attracted national attention during Brett Kavanaugh’s 2018 Supreme Court hearings when the all-male Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee brought her in as a “female assistant” to question him and accuser Christine Blasey Ford. She went on to tell the GOP senators that no “reasonable prosecutor” would prosecute Kavanaugh for sexual assault.
The next year Mitchell temporarily served as Maricopa County attorney after Bill Montgomery resigned to join the state Supreme Court: Both she and Godbehere were named as finalists for the appointment for the final year of his term, but Adel was ultimately selected. Mitchell made news again last month when she was one of the five division chiefs to tell their boss to resign due to serious questions about her ability to serve as the county’s top prosecutor.