Mugshot or campaign photo? AZ governor candidate arrested

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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

If you're an unknown politician a mugshot is not the traditional way to introduce yourself to voters.

But Libertarian candidate for governor Merissa Hamilton says she wanted to get arrested.

Phoenix police took Hamilton into custody during a small protest in over child care yesterday.

When she refused to get out of the street, police arrested her for obstruction and booked her into jail, she said.

In a Facebook video posted Saturday morning, Hamilton explained why she wanted to get arrested.

"I did this because I haven't fully launched my campaign yet and it would be a good way to go incognito in our jails as a normal person and see how you're treated," Hamilton said.

While she hasn't officially launched her campaign, Hamilton filed paperwork with the state about three weeks ago to run for the state's top job.

Hamilton did make a prior run for office last year as a write-in candidate for the U.S. Senate.

As for the future, that mugshot might make it a little more difficult to remain incognito.

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Before making the move to television, Welch wrote and edited for the Arizona Guardian, a highly influential online news site dedicated to Arizona politics and government where he served as owner and editor. During his Guardian days, Welch was a frequent guest on “Politics Unplugged” and has been a regular fixture on the state political landscape since 2005 appearing on numerous radio and television talk shows. “I am thrilled to start working with such a talented and dedicated staff of journalists,” said Welch. “This is a great opportunity to broaden the reach of my political coverage and tell stories that affect Arizona voters and their families.” With more than 13 years of experience under his belt, Welch’s arrival only strengthens 3TV’s commitment to providing first-rate political and government coverage across all platforms. When not covering politics, Welch is an avid runner and fronts a punk rock band that plays frequently throughout the Southwest and California. Welch is a well-respected political expert in Arizona and his addition means 3TV will provide a stronger, more robust political presence in Arizona. He joins 3TV from the Arizona Guardian, a highly influential online news site dedicated to Arizona politics and government where he served as owner and editor. During his Guardian days, Welch was a frequent guest on “Politics Unplugged” and has been a regular fixture on the state political landscape since 2005 appearing on numerous radio and television talk shows. “I am thrilled to start working with such a talented and dedicated staff of journalists,” said Welch. “This is a great opportunity to broaden the reach of my political coverage and tell stories that affect Arizona voters and their families.” With more than 13 years of experience under his belt, Welch’s arrival only strengthens 3TV’s commitment to providing first-rate political and government coverage across all platforms. When not covering politics, Welch is an avid runner and fronts a punk rock band that plays frequently throughout the Southwest and California.

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