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Several lining up to run for attorney general

The same day County Attorney Andrew Thomas registered an exploratory committee for the 2010 campaign to become attorney general, House Minority Leader David Lujan sent the media a list of people who are supporting his bid for the office. Lujan, a Democrat from Phoenix, is serving his third term in the Arizona House. He just finished his first legislative session as minority leader.

Lujan listed about 50 supporters in the media release, including several senators, representatives and judges. He filed an exploratory committee for attorney general several months ago.

“I am proud and honored to have the support of my colleagues, friends and mentors from across Arizona,” Lujan stated. “I am confident that as I continue to explore a potential candidacy for the office of attorney general, more individuals who understand the need for positive change and the goal of moving Arizona forward will support me.”

Lujan, a native Arizonan, also serves on the Phoenix Union High School District Governing Board and is a staff attorney for Defenders of Children, a nonprofit legal organization.

Lujan might face competition from another Democrat, Felecia Rotellini, who recently stepped down as superintendent of the Department of Financial Institutions. Rotellini has expressed interest in running for attorney general but has not registered any kind of committee.

On the Republican side, Thomas might run into a battle with Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne and District 6 Rep. Sam Crump, an Anthem Republican. Both have filed exploratory committees for attorney general.

Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard is expected to vacate the position as he has indicated he may run for governor in 2010 election. Goddard has not registered any election committee to date.

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