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Candidates Gunnigle, Mitchell on the issues

Two candidates with differing attitudes towards the felony justice system are operating to guide one in all the largest prosecutor’s workplaces in the nation.

Republican Rachel Mitchell, the present county legal professional, was appointed after the resignation of Alister Adel.

Adel’s departure triggered a particular election to pick out who would serve out the the rest of her time period, which ends on Jan. 1, 2025.     

Mitchell has 30 years of expertise as a prosecutor. She has served as a bureau chief at the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office overseeing groups of prosecutors together with the sex-crimes bureau.

Democrat Julie Gunnigle has labored as a personal follow legal professional and as a prosecutor in Indiana between 2006 and 2007 and in Illinois from 2009 to 2011. She beforehand ran for county legal professional however lost to Adel in the 2020 normal election. 

The Arizona Republic requested Mitchell and Gunnigle to answer questions on how they’d lead the county legal professional’s office if elected. Their solutions are printed under in full.

Abortion prosecution

Where do you stand on prosecuting anybody for his or her participation in an abortion? What might be your standards. 

Maricopa County Attorney Rachel Mitchell answers reporters' questions on abortion laws in Maricopa County during a news conference on June 28, 2022.

Rachel Mitchell, Republican: First, I need to make it clear that I cannot prosecute ladies for having abortions, and I cannot revictimize survivors of rape, incest or molestation.  

The current courtroom determination and subsequent enchantment haven’t resolved which regulation amongst conflicting statutes now applies. There isn’t any case submittal presently in entrance of my office; nevertheless, additional readability from the courts or policymakers is important earlier than motion on any such case may happen.

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