House Minority Leader David Lujan officially announced his candidacy for Arizona attorney general on Jan. 14.
Lujan is the second Democrat to jump into the race for attorney general. Felecia Rotellini, the former director of the Arizona Department of Financial Institutions, launched her campaign in September. Assistant Attorney General Vince Rabago has expressed interest in the race as well.
In his official announcement, Lujan pledged to protect all Arizonans and bashed the state’s Republican leadership.
“Gov. Brewer and the Republicans have mismanaged our state, and now Arizonans are paying the price. People are losing their jobs, their homes and their life savings. Our dropout rate is soaring and our prison population is growing along with it,” Lujan said in an online campaign video. “Now, more than ever, we need to elect an attorney general who will seek justice for all Arizonans, not just the rich or the well connected. We cannot afford to elect a Republican who will put ideology ahead of justice, or politics ahead of people.”
A former assistant attorney general, Lujan touted his career as a prosecutor and state legislator.
“I’ve spent my career working to protect the most vulnerable among us. I’ve stood in a courtroom and prosecuted criminals. I’ve taken on corrupt politicians and corporations who have violated workers’ rights. I’ve authored tough laws to crack down on violent crime and identity theft. For the past five years, I’ve represented victims of child abuse and domestic violence,” he said in the campaign video.
Lujan had organized his campaign to run as a traditionally funded candidate, but decided in December to run under the Clean Elections system and refunded nearly $32,000 in campaign donations. He told the Arizona Capitol Times that he decided to run clean because it would free him up to spend more time campaigning and talking to voters, instead of soliciting donations.