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.