Another Republican candidate has joined the race to replace Mark Brnovich as Arizona’s next attorney general.
Rodney Glassman announced his candidacy Thursday in a campaign video and press release, saying he “will emphasize the importance of protecting citizens from the government and fighting for states’ rights.”
Glassman is an attorney and member of the United States Air Force JAG Corps who has unsuccessfully run for office in various elections since 2010.
The campaign video released Wednesday depicts a mock support group for former Democrats, where Glassman tells the others sitting in a circle that he left that party during President Trump’s candidacy in 2016.
In 2010, Glassman ran as a Democrat in the U.S senate election in Arizona. He won the primary but lost to incumbent Republican Senator John McCain.
Now, he calls himself a proud conservative who is anti-abortion, and against mask-mandates and pandemic-related shutdowns. In his video, he also said he believes elections need protection against those who “cheat or commit fraud.”
Since his political reawakening, Glassman has run for Maricopa County Assessor in 2020, losing in the primary to Republican Eddie Cook. He also ran for the Arizona Corporation Commission in 2018.
“As attorney general I will enforce Arizona’s laws and tackle the crisis at the border; I will support our law enforcement in their fight back against the coyotes and cartels while challenging the Biden/Harris administration’s anti-Arizona policies in the courtroom,” Glassman said in a released statement.
Other Republicans seeking the nomination for Arizona attorney general include:
- Lacy Cooper, a former federal prosecutor and Border Patrol section chief for the U.S. Attorney’s Office and deputy county attorney for Gila County.
- Andrew Gould, a former Arizona Supreme Court Justice who served on that bench from November 2016 until he announced his retirement in April.
- Dawn Grove, an attorney whose family built the PING golf empire. Grove also is a vice president at Karsten Manufacturing Company.
- Tiffany Shedd, an attorney and farmer who unsuccessfully attempted to unseat Democratic Congressman Tom O’Halleran in 2020.
Democratic candidates include:
- Kris Mayes, an Arizona State University law professor and former Arizona Corporation Commissioner.
- State Rep. Diego Rodriguez, D-Phoenix, a former prosecutor who now practices law as a criminal defense and personal injury.
- Robert “Bob” McWhirter, a criminal defense attorney who unsuccessfully ran Maricopa County attorney in 2020.
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