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Opinion: Resign-to-run ousters not warranted

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Posted: Thursday, December 17, 2009 11:33 am | Updated: 12:50 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

Attorney General Terry Goddard and four state legislators should not be removed from office under the state's resign-to-run law, according to a legal opinion from the Pima County Attorney's Office.

The opinion obtained Thursday by The Associated Press concludes that some officials' actions were questionable but that the law itself isn't clear and there are insufficient grounds to seek removal of any of the officials.

The resign-to-run law requires state and local elected officials to resign if they starting running for another office before the final year of their current term.

Goddard's office referred the complaints to the Pima County Attorney's Office in Tucson because Goddard was named in one complaint.

Besides Goddard, the presumptive Democratic nominee for governor for 2010, others named in the complaints were Democratic state Reps. Kyrsten Sinema of Phoenix and Daniel Patterson of Tucson, Republican Sen. John Huppenthal of Chandler and Republican Rep. Ray Barnes of Phoenix.

Each complaint was filed by officials from the opposing party.

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