MESA, Ariz. -- The only sitting state senate president in U.S. history to lose a seat in a recall, wants another shot at the legislature.
Former Sen. Russell Pearce, the architect of Arizona's controversial immigration law SB1070, filed the paperwork to run for senate in the newly drawn District 25. He was just ousted in November, but political observers are not shocked by the quick turnaround.
“I think this is something everybody's seen coming for quite a long time,” said Marcus Dell’Artino of First Strategic. “And they actually talked about it during the recall election behind the scenes, if he were to lose, he would probably run again.”
“Does he have a chance?” we asked.
“Absolutely,” Dell’Artino responded. “What voters need to remember is this is a completely different process this time, in a completely new district.”
That new district extends farther into east Mesa and is expected to be more conservative.
Right now, Pearce is the only one who has filed for that seat, but that will likely change toward the end of the legislative session.