2014 Race to Watch: Attorney General

Still need to cast that ballot? Haven’t done your election homework? We’re here to help. The State Press breaks down candidates running for statewide office, as well as legislative and congressional seats in the areas of each campus. Along with a brief bio, we’ll give you information about where the candidates stand on five issues relevant to ASU students: education, immigration, reproductive rights, marijuana legalization and LGBTQA issues.

Here’s what you need to know about Arizona’s Attorney General candidates. Find the rest of our races to watch here.

Mark Brnovich (Republican)

Mark Brnovich. (Photo courtesy of Mark Brnovich) Mark Brnovich. (Photo courtesy of Mark Brnovich)

Brnovich defeated incumbent Tom Horne in a close primary race to win the Republican nomination.

Since then, Brnovich has sought to establish himself as the more qualified candidate because of his prosecuting experience with the Maricopa County Attorney's Office. He also worked in the Attorney General’s Office for five years and as the director of the Arizona Department of Gaming before resigning to run for office.

Where he stands:

Education: Brnovich supports locally set educational standards and supports affordable tuition for Arizona citizens.

Immigration: He is against amnesty and driver's licenses for people without legal documentation. He also said he wants to ensure that the immigration laws already in place are enforced.

Reproductive Rights: The anti-abortion Arizona Right to Life political action committee endorsed Brnovich.

Marijuana Legalization: Brnovich told the Arizona Republic he thinks efforts should be on enforcing drug laws and not on legalization.

LGBTQA Issues: Brnovich said he believes that government officials should support Arizona’s new law allowing same-sex couples to marry despite their personal stances on the issue.

Felecia Rotellini (Democrat)

Felecia Rotellini (Photo from candidate's Facebook page) Felecia Rotellini (Photo from candidate's Facebook page)

Rotellini ran unopposed for the Democratic nomination. She has worked as a both a civil and criminal attorney in the Attorney General’s office and was narrowly defeated by Tom Horne in the 2010 Attorney General election.

Much of the campaign has been focused on Rotellini’s history as an attorney. Attack ads stated that she never tried a criminal case before a judge.

However, this is not uncommon for an attorney because many criminal cases will be settled outside of the courtroom.

Where she stands:

Education: Rotellini supports in-state tuition for DREAMers, individuals who were brought illegally to the U.S. as children and meet other criteria.

Immigration: In her 2010 race against Tom Horne, Rotellini said she would defend the state in Senate Bill 1070 lawsuits, but that was not the most pressing issue facing Arizona.

Reproductive Rights: The pro-choice group Planned Parenthood endorsed Rotellini.

Marijuana Legalization: Rotellini said she does not support legalization because the state is still working to implement medical marijuana legislation.

LGBTQA Issues: After courts overturned Arizona’s same-sex marriage ban, Rotellini said it was time to support marriage equality.


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