Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Andrew Thomas Picks Up Major Endorsement in Attorney General Campaign

PHOENIX, AZ. April 13, 2010:  Arizona’s toughest crime leaders are siding with the tough on crime Arizona Attorney General candidate, Andrew Thomas.  The campaign announced today that Mohave County Sheriff Tom Sheahan has endorsed the Republican contender.

 “I fully support Andy.  His belief in harsher penalties against child predators is exactly what this state needs,” said Sheriff Sheahan.  “Throughout his extensive career, Andy has been a great partner for law enforcement.  I look forward to him representing us on a statewide level.”
Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever and Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio have also endorsed Thomas.
Thomas’ office successfully prosecuted the Baseline Killer and Serial Shooting suspects.  He is in favor of the death penalty and has been criticized by defense lawyers for his tough plea bargain policies.  He has tackled tough public corruption cases and led innovative programs to ensure better food safety and cracked down on graffiti and cruelty to animals
Thomas is a graduate of Harvard Law School.  Prior to serving as Maricopa County Attorney, Thomas served as 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 as Deputy County Attorney.  
During Thomas' time as Maricopa County Attorney, crime rates plummeted.  The 19 percent drop is more than twice the national rate of decline, and in despite of an 11 percent increase in the county's population during that time.  The illegal immigrant population has dropped by anywhere from 18 percent (Dept. of Homeland Security estimate) to 30 percent (Center for Immigration Studies estimate).  Like the fall in crime rates, this dramatic decline in illegal immigration is far greater than the average in the rest of the nation. 
For more information on Andrew Thomas, please go to www.ThomasforArizona.com.  To arrange interviews contact Jason Rose.

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