Rotellini to run for Ariz. attorney general in 2014

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Felecia Rotellini By Mike Gertzman Felecia Rotellini By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX -- Democrat Felecia Rotellini has announced her plan to run for Arizona attorney general in the 2014 election.

Rotellini said her campaign will focus on cracking down on consumer fraud and elder abuse; prosecuting securities and investment fraud; and advocating for Arizona's children on a host of issues, including education, health care and domestic violence.

"I want to make Arizona safer for families, children and law-abiding businesses," Rotellini said in a news release. "We need new direction in the Attorney General's Office -- a top law enforcement officer committed to rising above partisan politics. We need an Attorney General to fight criminals whether they carry a gun or a pen, human smugglers and traffickers, those who don't play by the rules, and scammers who defraud our seniors."

Rotellini, a former superintendent of the Arizona Department of Financial Institutions, worked for 17 years as an assistant attorney general and agency head under both Republican and Democrat governors and attorneys general.

Rotellini ran for the top prosecutor job in 2010 but was defeated by Republican Tom Horne, who is embroiled in a campaign finance case stemming from their race. Horne has said he'll seek re-election.

"The Attorney General should be an independent watchdog, not a career politician that promotes himself or is accused of violating laws he is supposed to enforce," Rotellini said. "The circus act has to stop; we must restore integrity back into the Attorney General's Office."

Former U.S. Surgeon General and 2012 U.S. Senate candidate Richard Carmona is the chairman of Rotellini's campaign.