The Democratic field for the 2010 attorney general’s race appears to be set after former Assistant Attorney General Vince Rabago officially launched his campaign on Jan. 20.
During Rabago’s campaign announcement, the 16-year prosecutor touted his experience fighting payday lenders, mortgage fraud and deceptive student loans. The Douglas native worked for the California Attorney General’s Office for eight years before returning to Arizona in 2002.
“In this time of severe economic crisis, the Attorney General’s Office needs a leader who is a proven fighter and who can hit the ground running,” he said.
Rabago became the third Democrat to jump into the race, following House Minority Leader David Lujan and Felecia Rotellini, former superintendant of the Arizona Department of Financial Institutions. Rabago is a former chairman of the Pima County Democratic Party.
On the Republican side, Tom Horne, the state superintendant of public instruction, has filed his candidacy for the attorney general’s race, and Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas opened an exploratory committee last year. Thomas has not officially filed as a candidate, and would have to resign as county attorney to run for attorney general because his term does not end until January 2013.
Rabago filed to run as a publicly financed candidate, though a federal judge ruled that the matching funds portion of Arizona’s clean elections system is unconstitutional. The ruling was handed down the same day Rabago announced his candidacy.