Arizona Attorney General hopeful Brnovich Makes Stop in Yuma
By James Gilbert, Yuma Suns staff writer
Mark Brnovich (pronounced burn-o-vich) has entered the race for Arizona Attorney General.
Brnovich most recently served as director of the Arizona Department of Gaming, a law enforcement agency charged with regulating tribal casinos. Brnovich successfully led the agency for four years, during which he cracked down on illegal gambling operations and increased seizures of illegal gambling devices.
“I am running for attorney general to restore the dignity of the office and make sure it is dedicated to serving the people of Arizona,” said Brnovich.
Raised in Arizona, Brnovich is a graduate of Arizona State University. After law school, he prosecuted felonies in the Gang/Repeat Offender Bureau of the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office and worked as an assistant attorney general for the state of Arizona and as assisting U.S. attorney for the District of Arizona. Mark also served his country as command staff judge advocate for the 153rd Field Artillery Brigade of the Arizona Army National Guard for eight years.
“I am proud to support Mark Brnovich for attorney general,” said Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery. “Arizona needs someone who not only has a proven track record of being tough on crime, but someone whose integrity is beyond reproach.”
Mark met his wife, Susan, while both were working as prosecutors. They live in Phoenix with their two daughters.
Brnovich made the announcement Wednesday. He’s a Republican and will be challenging an incumbent in his own party – Attorney General Tom Horne – in a primary election.
Brnovich resigned from the Department of Gaming earlier this month after leading the agency for four years.
Democrat Felecia Rotellini already has announced her candidacy for Arizona attorney general in 2014. That sets up a possible rematch of the tight race she lost to Horne in 2010.
Rotellini is the first Democrat to officially enter the race.