Former lawmaker Miranda seeks return to legislature

    Former state Sen. Catherine Miranda. Photo from Miranda's Facebook page.

    A former lawmaker with a well-known name in Democratic politics is looking to make a comeback and is challenging two incumbents as she seeks a return to the legislature. 

    Catherine Miranda filed to run for the Arizona House of Representatives in Legislative District 27, which primarily covers south Phoenix and Laveen.

    Miranda was first elected to the legislature in 2010, serving two terms in the House and two in the Senate. She declined to seek re-election last year, choosing instead to run a longshot challenge in the Democratic primary to Congressman Ruben Gallego, who soundly defeated her.

    In her comeback bid, Miranda will again be looking to oust an incumbent in the Democratic primary. Reps. Reginald Bolding and Diego Rodriguez, both of Phoenix, are seeking re-election and are running as a team with incumbent Sen. Rebecca Rios.

    The former lawmaker is a member of a prominent Democratic family. Miranda’s late husband, Ben Miranda, served in the legislature until 2010, when she ran for the seat he vacated. Ben Miranda’s brother, Richard, also served in the legislature, resigning in 2012 amid legal problems.

    In 2014, she earned the ire of her fellow Democrats by endorsing Republicans Doug Ducey and Michele Reagan in their campaigns for governor and secretary of state, respectively.

    Miranda could not immediately be reached for comment.

    Jeremy Duda
    Associate Editor Jeremy Duda is a Phoenix native and began his career in journalism in 2003 after graduating from the University of Arizona. 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.”