Don Shooter, the former Arizona representative expelled from his position for sexually harassing women, is running for the State Senate.
On Wednesday, the Office of the Arizona Secretary of State confirmed that Shooter submitted the necessary signatures to be included in the ballot.
Shooter submitted 828 signatures, more than the required 474 signatures. The disgraced Republican is running to represent district 13 in the Arizona Senate. He will be competing with Brent Backus, Royce Jenkins and Sine Kerr in the Republican primary.
“I’ve learned some lessons and I’m ready to serve. Simple as that,” said Shooter after filing his candidacy, according to the AZ Central.
He also recently told the media outlet that he is an experienced lawmaker and he knows how to get things done at the Arizona Capitol. He said, “I’m just going to try to make the case for me. I’ve been down there, I’ve proven that I can be effective.”
In February, the Arizona House ousted Shooter after an investigation into the sexual harassment allegations against him by at least seven women. The results of the investigation proved that he violated the Arizona House’s policy against sexual harassment and hostile environment. Arizona House Speaker J.D. Mesnard pushed for Shooter’s expulsion.
Shooter is a “predator and serial harasser”
In October, State Rep. Michelle Ugenti-Rita, also a Republican, made the sexual harassment the main topic in the Arizona Capital. She is one of the female lawmakers who accused Shooter of sexual misconduct. Ugenti-Rita claimed that Shooter harassed her for years despite her repeated request to stop his inappropriate behavior.
One of Shooter’s accusers immediately reacted against his candidacy. In a tweet, lobbyist Marilyn Rodriguez said “state elected leaders must condemn” him because he is a “predator and serial harasser.”
Our state elected leaders must condemn this man and his candidacy. To all of you allies out there who apologized for not speaking up sooner against his transgressions: it’s time.
Don Shooter is a predator and serial harasser who disgraced the honor of elected office. https://t.co/NWEAPhglQH
— Marilyn (@Phx_Marilyn) May 30, 2018