County Attorney Andrew Thomas is stepping down

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By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron

PHOENIX - Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas is resigning his post to run for Arizona Attorney General.

April 6 will be Thomas’ last day in office.

In a press release, Thomas said recent events have made clear the need for strong leadership statewide in the fight against crime and illegal immigration.

Questions surrounding Thomas’ plan for his future were answered in a video online at

Thomas ran for Maricopa County Attorney in 2004 on a platform to stop illegal immigration.

According to a press release, Thomas will run as a “Clean Elections” candidate for the Republican nomination.

"April 1st seemed an appropriate day to announce my intentions, since Arizona Republicans won't be fooled by conservative impostors also interested in this office.  And Arizonans won't be fooled by liberal candidates who are unproven crime fighters," Thomas said.  

Prior to being elected Maricopa County Attorney, Thomas was an assistant attorney general for Arizona, deputy counsel and criminal justice policy advisor to the Governor, special assistant to the Director of the Arizona Department of Corrections and a deputy county attorney.