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Entire Mesa council now backing Bob Worsley over Russell Pearce

Bob Worsley (left) and former Senate President Russell Pearce (File photos)

The Republican newcomer hoping to prevent former Senate President Russell Pearce from returning to the Capitol after being ousted last year in a historic recall election now has the backing of every municipal elected official in Mesa.

Today, Mesa city councilors Alex Finter, Christopher Glover and Dina Higgins publicly backed businessman Bob Worsley over Pearce in the Legislative District 25 Senate race. The three join Mayor Scott Smith and council members Dave Richins, Dennis Kavanaugh and vice mayor Scott Sommers in endorsing Worsley.

Pearce and Worsley, who founded SkyMall, will face each other in the Aug. 28 Republican primary.

The winner will face Democrat Greg Gadek in the November general election. The district leans heavily Republican, and the winner of the GOP primary is expected to win the general election.

In a statement released by Worsley’s campaign, Glover and Finter touted the candidate’s business credentials.

“His experience in business, (and) his passion for reform and for common-sense conservative solutions make him the best candidate for this seat,” Glover said.

Higgins, meanwhile, endorsed Worsley with the expectation he would safeguard the city’s interests at the state Capitol.

“Bob recognizes the rights of cities to govern themselves and understands that the state budget cannot be balanced with funds that belong to the cities,” Higgins said.

Pearce, architect of SB1070 and one of Arizona’s most prominent politicians, was defeated in November’s highly charged special recall election.

Pearce’s allies contended he would have defeated his opponent, Republican Sen. Jerry Lewis, if only Republicans voted in the recall election.

Arizona’s recall laws allow all registered voters, regardless of party affiliation, in a district to cast a ballot.

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