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Arizona Supreme Court Justice Gould eyes run for attorney general

By: - March 12, 2021 8:56 am

Photo by Jerod MacDonald-Evoy | Arizona Mirror

Arizona Supreme Court Justice Andrew Gould may try to make the jump from the state’s highest court to the Attorney General’s Office.

Gould, a Republican who has served on the Supreme Court for four years, is considering running for attorney general, several sources told the Arizona Mirror

Lori Klein Corbin, Arizona’s Republican national committeewoman, said Gould spoke with her husband, former Attorney General Bob Corbin, about his interest in the race. She said Gould hasn’t decided yet whether he’ll run. Gould declined to comment to the Mirror or confirm his interest in the race.

Arizona Supreme Court Justice Andrew Gould. Photo from Azcourts.gov.

Arizona’s rules of judicial conduct prohibit sitting judges and justices from running for office or campaigning for others, so Gould will have to step down from the Supreme Court if decides to run for attorney general. 

If Gould were to resign to run for attorney general, Gov. Doug Ducey, would get to make a sixth appointment to the Arizona Supreme Court before leaving office in January 2023. Ducey’s five Supreme Court appointments is already a record for an Arizona governor.

Ducey appointed Gould to the bench in December 2016 after the legislature expanded the Supreme Court from five to seven seats. Gould served as a prosecutor in Maricopa and Yuma counties, and served as a Yuma County Superior Court judge for 10 years before former Gov. Jan Brewer appointed him to the Arizona Court of Appeals in 2011.

Attorney General Mark Brnovich won’t be able to run for re-election due to term limits, leaving an open race for the seat in 2022.

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Jeremy Duda
Jeremy Duda

Jeremy Duda is a Phoenix native and began his career in journalism in 2003 after graduating from the University of Arizona. Jeremy Duda previously served as the Mirror's associate Editor. Prior to joining the Arizona Mirror, he worked at the Arizona Capitol Times, where he spent eight years covering the Governor's Office and two years as editor of the Yellow Sheet Report. Before that, he wrote for the Hobbs News-Sun of Hobbs, NM, and the Daily Herald of Provo, Utah. Jeremy is also the author of the history book “If This Be Treason: the American Rogues and Rebels Who Walked the Line Between Dissent and Betrayal.”