Pearce announces run for state Senate seat

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Associated Press

Posted on March 19, 2012 at 7:15 AM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 20 at 9:30 AM

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Months after he lost his seat in a recall election, Russell Pearce says he's running for the state Senate again.

The architect of Arizona's tough immigration laws announced Monday night that he will seek the Senate seat in the new Legislative District 25.

Pearce appeared before the Red Mountain Tea Party with other political candidates.

Pearce lost a November recall to Republican Jerry Lewis, a charter school executive who was well known in the conservative Mesa district but had no political experience.

Pearce was the first Arizona legislator to be recalled in the state's 99-year history.

The Mesa Republican was the sponsor of major Arizona legislation targeting illegal immigration, including the 2010 enforcement law known as SB 1070 and the employer sanctions law enacted in 2007.

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