Former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas announced in an email today that he will file paperwork to launch a 2014 gubernatorial campaign.
The hardline Republican served as the top prosecutor for the state’s most populous county from 2005 to 2010. In 2010 Thomas ran for Attorney General, but lost the Republican primary to Tom Horne.
Thomas, who was disbarred in 2012 when an ethics panel found that he used his office to pursue political enemies with unfounded investigations and criminal charges, said he will hold a media briefing at 3 p.m. tomorrow as he files candidacy paperwork with the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office.
“I am confident public surveys will show upon my filing that I am a leading candidate for governor,” he said in the email.
Returning to issues he focused on during his term as county attorney, Thomas said he will focus his campaign on public safety, border security and fighting corruption.
His entrance into the race further crowds what is expected to be a fierce Republican primary. Three other Republicans, state Senator Al Melvin, former Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman and Secretary of State Ken Bennett, have launched exploratory committees, and several others are expected to jump into the race in coming months.
Thomas could not immediately be reached for comment.