Marijuana candidate Sarappo drops out of race to keep Maricopa job

Chris Sarappo was campaigning on a platform of legalizing recreational marijuana and using it to help fund schools.
Chris Sarappo was campaigning on a platform of legalizing recreational marijuana and using it to help fund schools.

By Ethan McSweeney |inMaricopa

“The city has always had those rules in place,“but it’s rare that it actually comes up.” — Mayor Christian Price

Chris Sarappo, a personal trainer at Copper Sky Recreation Center, is ending his independent, write-in campaign for the Arizona House of Representatives after the city of Maricopa informed him he is barred from seeking political office as a city employee.

The decision comes a day after InMaricopa published an article about his campaign. Sarappo, who was running on a pro-marijuana legalization platform, said he decided to stop his campaign in Legislative District 11 rather than lose his job at Copper Sky Recreation Center, which is operated by the city of Maricopa.

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