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DuVal drove while license was suspended

Fred DuVal (Photo by Ryan Cook/RJ Cook Photography)

Fred DuVal (Photo by Ryan Cook/RJ Cook Photography)

Fred DuVal’s Arizona driver’s license was suspended for several months this year.

A campaign aide would not disclose whether he actually operated a motor vehicle during that period, but other media reports say that he did drive during the roughly four months the license was suspended.

In findings first reported by BuzzFeed, the Democratic gubernatorial hopeful applied for a new driver’s license in October. On that form, he disclosed that his license had been previously suspended and, at the time of the application, he still had no legal license.

DuVal press aide Geoff Vetter said the suspension was based on a mistake by the candidate.

He said that DuVal had received a citation last December from a red light camera. Vetter said that DuVal paid the fine and went to traffic school – something required under Arizona law for red-light violations – but failed to pay a $20 fee.

That ticket followed a separate speeding citation in 2012.

Vetter said he does not know exactly how or when DuVal learned that his license had been suspended and that he needed to pay the fee and get the license reinstated.

Asked specifically whether DuVal had driven while his license was suspended, Vetter provided only a partial answer.

“There is a guy who works on his campaign whose goes to Fred’s house in the morning, drives him around to events and takes him home at night,’’ Vetter said. “I’m not going to call Fred and ask him if he took (his 4-year-old son) Monty to Dairy Queen on Sunday.’’

DuVal did not return multiple calls.

The Arizona Republic reported this morning that Rodd McLeod, DuVal’s campaign consultant, said the Democratic nominee drove his car “once in a while.” He told the Republic that DuVal paid a $200 fine for a ticket he received in December 2013 from a red-light camera and went to driving school in August, but failed to pay a $20 fee to have his license reinstated. McLeod said that fee was paid earlier this month.

Vetter said that whatever DuVal did, it is certainly no worse than Republican gubernatorial candidate Doug Ducey who it was learned during his 2010 campaign for treasurer had amassed 13 traffic offenses over a four-year period, most of those photo-radar speeding violations.

Records from Scottsdale Magistrate Court show several entries over that period where Ducey failed to appear. But Ducey said he never got the citations; all eventually were resolved.

Ducey press aide Melissa DeLaney said that, as far as she can tell, Ducey has had no new tickets in the last four years.

Vetter questioned whether DuVal’s application for a new licensed had been “leaked’’ by the Department of Transportation, part of the administration of Gov. Jan Brewer. But an ADOT spokesman said such documents are public records.


  1. Talk about Doug Ducey’s 13 ignored traffic violations for four years
    “In a four-year period from 2004-2008, Ducey was cited for 13 traffic citations, mostly speeding tickets. More disturbing, he ignored legal summons to appear in court 16 times, showing his disregard for the Arizona legal system he will swear to uphold if elected treasurer next week. … Ducey failed to pay his most recent speeding ticket, issued August 27, 2008, until the City of Scottsdale hired a collection agency on January 4, 2009.”
    The forum
    News release sent on Oct. 25.
    Based on public-records searches, the claim is true. Between Nov. 30, 2004, and Sept. 4, 2008, Ducey had 13 traffic offenses. At least seven of them were speed-camera tickets, based on documents from Scottsdale City Court. The court did not have documents for the rest of his cases because they expired.

    In that period, Ducey failed to appear at court 16 times.

    On Aug. 27, 2008, Ducey received a speeding ticket for driving 12 miles over the speed limit. According to Scottsdale City Court records, a process server attempted to serve a summons and complaint four times at his Scottsdale residence between Oct. 22, 2008, and Nov. 13, 2008. The court notified Ducey that his license could be suspended if he didn’t pay his fine by Dec. 30, 2008, and that the court was ready to send his case to a collection agency.

    The court submitted his case to a collection agency on Jan. 4, 2009.

    On Jan. 9, 2009, the court sent a notice of appearance to Ducey’s attorney Janey Henze for an oral argument on Jan. 30, 2009. On Jan. 12, 2009, Ducey’s lawyers filed for an extension of the oral argument to the morning of the same day or another day, because of “prescheduled professional commitments.”

    It was rescheduled to Feb. 27, 2009, and Ducey testified at the hearing.

    In the oral argument, Ducey testified that he, his wife and his children did not receive the summons and complaint. His wife signed an affidavit that she did not see the summons and complaint. He testified that he has two residences, in Scottsdale and Flagstaff.
    Henze said the notations in public-records databases “reflect only that he was not properly served with the photo-radar citations” because “when he was served, he appeared as required.” Bottom line: Between Nov. 30, 2004, and Sept. 4, 2008, Ducey received 13 traffic citations. He failed to appear in court 16 times, and the Scottsdale City Court sent his most recent speeding ticket case to a collection agency.
    Sources Court documents from Scottsdale City Court
    Arizona court reports, a list
    Arizona court reports, a summary of the cases

  2. Doug Ducey failed to file his mandatory reports with the Arizona Corporation Commission on time EVERY YEAR from 2000 to 2005 when he was CEO of Cold Stone Creamery. When asked about it, refused to answer and blamed paralegals in the legal department. Ducey’s Cold Stone Creamery Leasing Company filed its annual reports late TEN TIMES between 1995 and 2006. Ducey’s Cold Stone Creamery Capital was dissolved by the Arizona Corporation Commission in 2006 after failing to file its annual report at all, for more than two years. Ducey’s Cold Stone Creamery Real Estate LLC was not listed on Ducey’s financial disclosure with the Arizona Secretary of State as required by Arizona law. When asked to explain these irregularities and infractions, Mr. Doug Ducey said the criticism was just a “sideshow” to distract from the issues at hand.

    Now please tell us why Capitol Times decided not to publish THAT?

    How sad it is that citizens of this state must step over birdcage liner in order to find more reliable sources of factual information to make our most important decisions.

  3. I hope Arizona Capitol Times will also inform readers of candidate Doug Ducey’s history and pattern of child labor law violations. In their report, the U.S. Department of Labor noted numerous violations of child labor law by Doug Ducey’s company, Cold Stone Creamery, and assessed tens of thousands of dollars in fines during Ducey’s tenure. The geographic breadth and sheer number of violations made clear that child labor law violations were a widespread business practice by his company, and part of the company’s culture.

    In 2006, Cold Stone Creamery paid $8,171.43 in back wages and $24,514.29 in overtime to 17 child employees. The store was also fined $6,160.00 for 22 different Child Labor Law violations by the Department of Labor.
    In 2004, Cold Stone Creamery was fined $4,757.00 for 19 different Child Labor Law violations with 9 different child employees.
    In 2005, Cold Stone Creamery was fined $9,185.00 by the Department of Labor for 15 different Child Labor Law violations relating to 8 child employees.
    Twenty-seven different Cold Stone Creameries accumulated 99 different Child Labor Law violations and were assessed $40,567 in fines by the Department of Labor.

    I hope Capitol Times will step up and assure Arizonans that our next governor will protect the safety and wellbeing of children.

  4. Photo radar tickets are not legal tickets if they haven’t been properly and personally served. Ducey paid his tickets after he was properly served legal tickets. If the government is going to use photo radar instead of officers to fine people for not following the letter of the law, the government has to follow the letter of the law on serving photo radar tickets too.

    Fred DuVal knowingly drove with a suspended license. Driving with a suspended license is a serious offense and shows serious disrespect for the legal system. Ducey never had his license suspended. The two are not comparable.

  5. “In that period, Ducey failed to appear at court 16 times.”

    This is a lie. He didn’t “fail” to appear. You aren’t required to appear in court if you haven’t been served a photo radar ticket by a process server or through a legal means of alternative service. Read the rules of civil procedure in the Arizona Revised Statutes. When he was properly served by a process server, Ducey appeared in court.

  6. From the Arizona Revised Statues:

    28-3480. Operation in violation of restriction; classification

    A person who operates a motor vehicle in violation of a driver license restriction is guilty of a class 2 misdemeanor.

  7. @Risk Management
    Give me a link to verify allegations and I will print. americanfreedom@q.com

  8. Stefanie Feldman MD

    Why this silly negative campaign. There is more to show good character than digging up this type of dirt. Run on character, vision and integrity!

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