Third GOP Candidate For Arizona Corporation Commission Disqualified
An incumbent candidate for the Arizona Corporation Commission has been knocked out of the running by the state's high court.
On Wednesday, the Arizona Supreme Court upheld a ruling that Republican Boyd Dunn did not file enough valid signatures to rerun for his seat on the Corporation Commission.
That comes after a campaign worker admitted she forged some of the names on his nominating papers, which left his campaign nearly 100 signatures short of qualifying.
Dunn was first elected to the five-member utility regulation commission in 2016.
He is the third Republican candidate removed from the running due to signature disqualifications.
With three open seats, there are now three Republicans and three Democrats vying for the long Republican dominated commission that sets the rates charged by investor-owned utilities like Arizona Public Service and Tucson Electric.
Among Republicans still in the running are Lea Marquez Peterson who was appointed to the panel last year by Gov. Doug Ducey following the resignation of fellow Republican Andy Tobin. Also running for the GOP are Eric Sloan and and Kim Owens.
At the moment, Sandra Kennedy is the sole Democrat on the commission. Her term is not up for another two years.
Three Democrats vying for the three open seats include Bill Mundell, who actually served for a decade on the commission as a Republican until 2009, and Anna Tovar, a former state lawmaker who currently is mayor of Tolleson. The other Democrat running is Shea Stanfield.