Ex-Arizona lawmaker expelled for misconduct open to serving again

PHOENIX (AP) - A former Arizona legislator expelled for sexual misconduct says he's willing to serve at the statehouse again if his supporters can gather enough petition signatures to qualify for the ballot.

The Arizona Capitol Times reports that former Rep. Don Shooter said earlier that he wouldn't run for public office again.

But Shooter has since said he'd be willing to serve again, but only if a small group of supporters gathers his petition signatures.

Shooter was the first state lawmaker in the United States to be expelled for sexual misconduct since the #MeToo movement began.

He wouldn't say how many signatures he already gathered prior to his expulsion or speculate on the odds he'll gather the 474 petitions necessary to qualify for ballot.

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