David Stringer

YAVAPAI COUNTY, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- David Stringer, a former state representative who was embroiled in controversy last year that included racist comments and reports of sexual misconduct is now running for Yavapai County Attorney.

Stringer resigned from his position as a state representative in March of 2019 after being investigated by the House Ethics Committee. The Committee found police reports from 1983 in Marlyand that accuse Stringer of soliciting sex from underage boys, one of whom was reportedly mentally impaired.

[READ MORE: Former AZ lawmaker David Stringer reportedly solicited sex from teen boys]

Stringer denied any wrongdoing but resigned rather than handing over the documents relating to the 1983 sex crime charges.

Stringer had previously faced calls to resign in June of 2018 from Republican Gov. Doug Ducey after he said minority immigration made integrating schools impossible. Stringer refused. 

"Sixty percent of public school children in the state of Arizona today are minorities," Stringer said in a recording of a political event. "That complicates racial integration because there aren't enough white kids to go around."

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The former lawmaker also faced backlash in late 2018 for his racist comments to ASU students about African-American students and Somali immigrants. 

The Prescott City Council voted 6-1 to demand his resignation after he made these comments.

[READ MORE: Prescott City Council votes to demand resignation of Rep. David Stringer]

Stringer made the announcement of his candidacy on his website Friday afternoon.

In his statement, Stringer says that he was falsely accused of a crime in 1983 and that he now wants to focus on criminal law.

"The law has always been the most important thing in my life. More than 30 years ago, I was falsely accused of a crime, and while I was able to make my way through that experience, it convinced me that instead of focusing on tax law, as I had initially planned, my life should be spent on criminal law," Stringer's announcement said.

Stinger's statement said he will be canvassing for signatures for his petition to qualify in the Aug. 4 republican primary. 

 

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