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Rep. Ash making run for Justice of Peace

Cecil Ash

Mesa Rep. Cecil Ash says he plans to run for North Mesa Justice of the Peace now that four-time incumbent Lester Pearce resigned from the post this week.

Ash, who formed an exploratory committee for the judicial post in December and lent his campaign $20,000, had conditioned his run on Pearce’s plans.

Pearce, who is former Senate President Russell Pearce’s brother, resigned Monday to run for another elected office. Pearce’s resignation letter didn’t say which office, but he has formed an exploratory committee for the County Board of Supervisor seat held by Don Stapley.

Ash, a Republican who was elected to the House in 2008, said today in an email that he was going to change his exploratory committee into a campaign committee on Wednesday.

Ash, a former deputy public defender, has crusaded for sentencing reform since 2009 when he sat on the House Judiciary Committee, but he hasn’t been able to get any significant bills passed.

So far there are three Republicans, Rep. Steve Court, Rep. Justin Pierce, and Christopher Montijo, running for House seat in Ash’s district, now Legislative District 25, under the new boundaries.

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