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Thomas resigns day early to run for AG

Outgoing Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas is leaving office a day earlier than expected to pursue his candidacy for the Arizona attorney general’s post.

Thomas had originally planned for Tuesday to be his last day as the county’s top prosecutor, but now says he’ll step down at the end of business Monday.

The county’s Board of Supervisors is meeting Monday to appoint a citizens’ committee that will recommend to supervisors a candidate to replace Thomas.

Until a replacement is picked, Chief Deputy County Attorney Phil MacDonnell will run the County Attorney’s office.

In the fall, voters will decide who will fill the last two years of Thomas’ term.

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