PHOENIX (KSAZ) - Don Shooter, who was expelled from the Arizona State Legislature just four months ago amidst mounting controversy over allegations of him sexually harassing women at the Capitol, now wants to come back to the state legislature, this time as a Senator.
Shooter made it official this week that he will run for State Senate, despite his recent expulsion from the State House of Representatives.
Shooter, whose spectacular exit from the house was followed by accusations that his expulsion was rigged and led to his filing of a notice of claim for over $1 million, will be seeking a seat he's held before: State Senate District 13. That district, according to maps provided by the Arizona State Legislature, stretches from Yuma to parts of the West Valley, including Tonopah, Wickenburg, and Buckeye.
People in Buckeye on Thursday sounded off on Shooter's decision to run for a seat in the State Senate.
"I think the Legislature made a pretty good judgment on whether or not he should serve, but now I guess it's up to the people in the district that he's running for, so I think really the people should decide," said one Buckeye resident, identified only as "Steve".
"I don't think he should," said a woman, identified only as "Barbara". "I don't like his attitude. He got kicked out once. Do we need to do it again? No. It's simple."
Shooter needed just under 500 signatures to qualify. According to the Arizona Secretary of State's website, he has turned in 828 signatures. Shooter is joins a crowded Republican field for District 13, running against Brent Backus, Royce Jenkins, and Sine Kerr for the GOP nomination. Whoever wins the GOP primary will face off against the Democratic candidate, Michelle Harris, who is running unopposed.