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Andrew Thomas
Former candidate for
Governor of Arizona
Elections and appointments
Last electionAugust 26, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Maricopa County Attorney
Bachelor'sUniversity of Missouri (1988)
J.D.Harvard University (1991)
Date of birth1966
Place of birthLong Beach, California
Andrew Peyton Thomas (b. 1966 in Long Beach, California) was the honorary chairperson of the Arizona Civil Rights Initiative (2008) and the former attorney for Maricopa County. He ran as a Republican candidate for Governor of Arizona in the 2014 elections.[1]

He previously ran for state attorney general in 2010, but lost to Republican Tom Horne in the primary election.[2]


Upon receiving his law degree, Thomas moved to Arizona where he joined a Phoenix-based private practice law firm as a civil litigation attorney. In 1994, he served as Assistant Attorney General for Arizona before later working for then-Governor Fife Symington III as both deputy counsel and criminal justice policy advisor. Thomas then joined the attorney's office of Maricopa County - first operating as a Deputy County Attorney in 2003 before being elected as the County Attorney the next year.

It was during his tenure as Maricopa County Attorney that Thomas served as a frequent adviser to the Arizona State Legislature on the formation of the now controversial state immigration measure, Senate Bill 1070 - The Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act. In encouraging Governor Jan Brewer to sign the legislation, he argued in favor of its necessity, stating the “law would give state and local law enforcement officials important new tools for the fight against illegal immigration."[3]

After Republican Governor Jan Brewer signed SB 1070 into law on April 23, 2010, Thomas vowed that if elected state attorney general he would vigorously fight in favor of the legislation. He further noted that of the five candidates running for the statewide governmental position, he was the only one who was fully supportive of the measure.[4]

Thomas was disbarred by the Arizona State Bar Association in 2012.[5]


  • Bachelor's degree, University of Missouri (1988) in political science
  • Juris Doctorate degree, Harvard University (1991)



See also: Arizona Gubernatorial election, 2014

Thomas ran for election to the office of Governor of Arizona. He unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomination in the primary election on August 26, 2014. The general election took place November 4, 2014..[1][6]

Primary election - August 26, 2014

Governor of Arizona Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDoug Ducey 37.2% 200,607
Scott Smith 22.1% 119,107
Christine Jones 16.7% 89,922
Ken Bennett 11.5% 62,010
Andrew Thomas 8.1% 43,822
Frank Riggs 4.5% 24,168
Mike Aloisi (Write-in) 0% 27
Alice Lukasik (Write-in) 0% 27
Total Votes 539,690
Election Results via Arizona Secretary of State.


General election
Ducey vs. DuVal vs. Hess

Arizona Governor - General election match-ups
Poll Doug Ducey (R) Fred DuVal (D)Barry J. Hess (L)Undecided/OtherMargin of ErrorSample Size
Garin-Hart-Yang (D)
February 3-6, 2014
The Arizona Republic
August 24-25, 2014
Terrance (R-Arizona Free Enterprise Club)
September 15-17, 2014
Keating (D-Restore Arizona's Future PAC)
September 17-19, 2014
Moore Information
October 7-8, 2014
American Encore
October 20-22, 2014
AVERAGES 38.33% 36.33% 6.83% 18.17% +/-4.15 532.33
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Ducey vs. Duval

Governor of Arizona - Ducey vs. DuVal
Poll Doug Ducey (R) Fred DuVal (D)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Susquehanna Polling and Research
November 2013
Rasmussen Reports
August 27-28, 2014
New York Times/CBS/YouGov
September 20-October 1, 2014
Rasmussen Reports
October 14-16, 2014
New York Times/CBS/YouGov
October 16-23, 2014
AVERAGES 44.6% 38.8% 15% +/-1.2 1,587
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Primary polling
Republican primary

Arizona Governor - GOP Primary
Poll Ken Bennett Doug DuceyChristine JonesFrank RiggsScott SmithAndrew ThomasUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Harper Polling
June 25-26, 2014
Magellan Strategies
July 9-10, 2014
Gravis Marketing
July 14, 2014
Harper Polling
July 16-17, 2014
Arizona Automobile Dealers Association
August 15, 2014
Harper Polling
August 19-20, 2014
AVERAGES 11% 28.83% 18.17% 1.83% 16.17% 6.33% 17.83% +/-3.04 845.33
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Republican primary

Arizona Governor - GOP primary
Poll Ken Bennett Christine JonesAl MelvinAndrew ThomasDoug DuceyScott SmithUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Susquehanna Polling and Research
(November 2013)
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Race background

Outside money in the gubernatorial race

The Republican Governors Association (RGA) and other outside groups supporting Doug Ducey (R) spent $3.4 million through mid-October on TV ads to portray Fred DuVal (D) as a puppet of lobbyists and special interests in Arizona. An analysis by The Republic showed that Ducey and DuVal were both recipients of significant campaign contributions from lobbyists. This analysis revealed that lobbyists contributed $185,000 to Ducey and $250,000 to DuVal by the report's publication on October 26. The Republic showed that 11 percent of DuVal's overall contributions in 2014 came from lobbyists, placing this analysis into context.[7]

Term limits for Gov. Brewer

Incumbent Jan Brewer (R) was term-limited from seeking re-election, leaving the seat open for the 2014 electoral cycle. The race was rated "Likely R" by The Cook Political Report, meaning Brewer would be succeeded by another Republican.[8] Meanwhile, Governing rated the general election between major party nominees Doug Ducey (R) and Fred DuVal (D) as a "Toss-up."[9]

Brewer was originally appointed to the position in 2009 and was elected once in 2010. Arizona's term limit laws preclude any individual who has occupied the governor's office during two consecutive terms from running for re-election. Brewer and some of her supporters asserted that the law does not adequately account for the conditions of Brewer's incomplete first term. Hints that Brewer would pursue an exemption from the term-limit law or otherwise attempt to circumvent the eligibility restriction began in November 2012 and persisted until March 2014. A crowded field of Republican hopefuls rushed into the race to replace Brewer as Arizona's chief executive official before the first filing window closed in May. Former Arizona Board of Regents President Fred DuVal earned an automatic pass to the general election as the sole Democratic Party entrant.

Heated Republican primary

The hotly contested GOP primary attracted several big names from government and the private sector, such as outgoing Arizona State Treasurer Doug Ducey, Secretary of State Ken Bennett, Mesa mayor Scott Smith and former executive vice president Christine Jones. Ducey looked to be the front-runner in the months leading up to the primary, owing to a consistent polling lead and strong name recognition, although Smith and Jones were close on his tail. After Ducey won the Republican primary on August 26, 2014, defeated challengers Thomas and Riggs immediately endorsed Ducey. Bennett, Smith and Jones, however, in an act that defied post-primary custom, all declined to give the nominee their automatic support. The trio of former candidates also skipped the Arizona Republican Party "unity breakfast" held the morning after election day. Explaining their reticence to the Arizona Republic the day after Ducey's primary victory, the recently eliminated contenders cited some unspecified "issues" with some of Ducey's stances and their lingering skepticism over Ducey's account of his role in a legal dispute stemming from the 2007 sale of Cold Stone Creamery.[10] In the subsequent weeks, all three came around to backing Ducey for the general election.[11]

Rounding out the ballot

With all eyes trained on the GOP contest in the final stretch of the primary campaign season, the number of minor-party and unaffiliated contenders who qualified or were in the process of qualifying for placement on the November 4 ballot swelled to 17. After the primary, Ducey joined DuVal and this diverse pool of lesser known candidates seeking to fill the open governor's seat.[12][13]


See also: Arizona Attorney General election, 2010
Andrew Thomas for Attorney General Campaign logo

Thomas ran for election as attorney general in 2010. Following the primary election, Thomas refused to concede the Republican nomination to ultimate victor Tom Horne until every single vote was counted, a process that continued for a nearly a week after Arizona voters went to the polls on Tuesday, August 24, 2010.[14][15][16] Finally, on Tuesday, September 1, he conceded the nomination to his primary opponent when, after all the votes had been recounted, it was determined that Horne had maintained a 899 vote lead over the former attorney.[17]

2010 Race for Attorney General - Republican Primary[18]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Republican Party Approveda Tom Horne 50.1%
     Republican Party Andrew Thomas 49.9%
Total Votes 552,623


2004 Race for Maricopa County Attorney - Republican Primary
Candidates Percentage
Green check mark.jpg Andrew P. Thomas (R) 29.2%
Andrew Pacheco (R) 24.6%
Jerry G. Landau (R) 15.8%
Mike Bailey (R) 13.9%
Tom McCauley (R) 13.2%
Rick Poster (R) 3.4%
Total votes 196,936
2004 Race for Maricopa County Attorney - General Election
Candidates Percentage
Green check mark.jpg Andrew P. Thomas (R) 58.5%
Don Harris (D) 41.5%
Total votes 1,008,155


2002 Race for Attorney General - Republican Primary[19]
Candidates Percentage
Green check mark.jpg Andrew P. Thomas (R) 47.4%
Foster Robberson (R) 28.8%
John Greene (R) 23.8%
Total votes 278,192
2002 Race for Attorney General - General Election[20]
Candidates Percentage
Green check mark.jpg Terry Goddard (D) 51.9%
Andrew P. Thomas (R) 45%
Ed Kahn (Libertarian) 3.1%
Total votes 1,201,343

Campaign contributions

2002 Race for Attorney General - Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $423,133
Total Raised by Primary Opponent $221,583
Total Raised by Gen. Election Opponent $238,203
Top 5 Contributors Public Fund $402,457 (95.11% of Total)
Andrew Thomas $1,000 (0.24%)
Allison Genrich $110 (0.03%)
Lawrence E. Sifert $110 (0.03%)
Cathi Herrod $110 (0.03%)
Individuals v. Institutions $19,586 (4.6%)
In v. Outside State $18,868 (4.5%)
$1,928 (0.5%)


Arizona State Bar investigations

In 2008, the Arizona State Bar launched an official investigation into complaints of alleged misconduct that occurred during Thomas's tenure as Maricopa County Attorney. Shortly thereafter, Thomas filed a Petition for Special Action with the Arizona Supreme Court in an effort to halt the proceedings.[21] Thomas argued that the petition against him was politically motivated. He stated that county judges who refused to enforce Proposition 100, a voter-approved ballot measure "that ended the right to bail for illegal immigrants accused of serious felonies," encouraged the State Bar to launch the investigation after his office called out those judges for not performing their civic duty.[22] In response, the State Bar requested the court to dismiss the petition calling for a special jurisdiction and called for Thomas to "address his concerns properly within the established disciplinary investigation process."[23] On August 15, 2008, the State Supreme Court official rejected Thomas's petition and called for the State Bar to proceed with its inquiry. The following year, however, Thomas was cleared of all 13 complaints lodged against him.

A month prior to his announcement that he would launch a campaign to seek the statewide office of attorney general, the Arizona Supreme Court, at the urging of the State Bar, appointed a special investigator to examine accusations of misconduct by the Maricopa County Attorney's Office "after a Pima County judge accused Thomas of misusing his authority to investigate county supervisors, and doing so for political gain."[24] However, Ronald Rotunda, a professor of law at Chapman University School of Law in California and a leading expert in the nation on legal ethics and constitutional law, argued in an affidavit that the inquiry is "illegal and an unconstitutional violation of due process of law."[25] Rotunda concluded that the investigation was illegal based on the fact that John Phelps, Executive Director of the State Bar, misrepresented his authority when he called for a special investigation of Thomas, a power that is reserved exclusively to the Chief Bar Counsel.

In 2012, Thomas was disbarred for violating the Rules of Professional Conduct by bringing unfounded and malicious criminal and civil charges against political opponents, including four state judges and the state attorney general.[5]

RICO spending

Tim Nelson, former general counsel to then Governor Janet Napolitano and a Democratic candidate for Maricopa County Attorney in 2008, held a press conference in late July 2014 to criticize what he argued was Thomas's habit of using Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organizations (RICO) funds to bankroll his personal agenda. These proceeds gathered "by law enforcement from asset forfeitures" are to be directed toward fighting and preventing drug use and organized crime, according to state and federal statutes.[26] Both Nelson and the Phoenix New Times suggested, however, that the Maricopa County Attorney funneled the money toward organizations and individuals that shored up his name recognition. Among the funds earmarked for these groups, as cited by the New Times, was $168,000 directed toward Christian-based organizations the paper claims were engaging in proselytizing, the act of attempting to convert people to another opinion or religion. The circulation also chastised Thomas's use of the funds to "finance a conference on illegal immigration in Phoenix in 2005" for the simple reason that it is not "something that the Justice Department allows RICO funding to be used for."[27]

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4757 E. Greenway Rd, #103-233
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  1. 1.0 1.1 The Arizona Republic, "Disbarred former Maricopa County Attorney Thomas to run for governor," April 26, 2013
  2. Seeing Red Arizona, "Thomas makes it official: Leaving office April 6 to run for AG" 1 April, 2010
  3. Sonoran Alliance, "AZ Anti-Illegal Immigration Leader Andrew Thomas Encourages Governor Brewer to Sign Controversial Senate Bill 1070" 22 April, 2010
  4. Sonoran Alliance, "Thomas Faults 4 Democrat AG Opponents For Opposing SB1070; Pledges Aggressive Defense In Court" 27 April, 2010
  5. 5.0 5.1 Huffington Post, "Andrew Thomas, Phoenix Prosecutor, Disbarred For 'Defiled' Public Trust," April 11, 2012
  6. East Valley Tribune, State treasurer Doug Ducey files paperwork to explore Ariz governor run, July 23, 2013
  7., "Lobbyists aid campaigns of Doug Ducey, Fred DuVal," October 26, 2014
  8. The Cook Political Report, "Governors Race Ratings 2014," September 15, 2014
  9. Governing, "2014 Governors Races," September 10, 2014
  10. The Arizona Republic, "Ducey's key GOP rivals in no rush to end," August 29, 2014
  11., "Defeated candidates for GOP nomination back Ducey," September 4, 2014
  12. The New York Times, "Gov. Jan Brewer of Arizona Won’t Seek Re-election," March 12, 2014
  13. Arizona Republic, "Kanefield: Constitution clears Brewer to pursue another term," November 15, 2012
  14. Phoenix New Times, "Andrew Thomas Set To Concede, Sources Claim; Will Make Statement This Afternoon" 27 Aug. 2010
  15. Tucson Citizen, "Andrew Thomas prepares to concede to Tom Horne" 27 Aug. 2010
  16. The Arizona Republic, "Horne's lead over Thomas in AG race down to 536 votes" 27 Aug. 2010
  17. Arizona Daily Star, "Thomas concedes, backs Horne for AG" 1 Sept. 2010
  18. Arizona Secretary of State - 2010 Primary Election Results
  19. Arizona Secretary of State - Official Results 2002 Primary Election
  20. Arizona Secretary of State - Official Results 2002 General Election
  21. Justia - Arizona Revised Statutes §23-483 Petition for special action to review lawfulness of decision, order or decision upon review; procedure
  22. Intellectual Conservative, "Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas takes on liberal AZ State Bar" 28 May, 2008
  23. State Bar of Arizona, "State Bar of Arizona Files Response to Maricopa County Attorney’s Special Action Request" 18 June, 2008
  24. KPHO Phoenix, "Special Investigator To Probe Andrew Thomas" 9 March, 2010 (dead link)
  25. Sonoran Alliance, "State Bar Inquiry Of Thomas Illegal, Unconstitutional Expert Says" 21 June, 2010
  26. AZ Central, "RICO funds cover range of MCSO expenses" 29 April, 2009
  27. Phoenix New Times, "Tim Nelson Takes on Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas' RICO Spending" 30 July, 2008