Senate candidates sue state, hit campaign trial

Don Shooter (left) and Tim Jeffries

By Ben Giles | Arizona Capitol Times

A handful of candidates for the Arizona Legislature share the distinction of suing the state they hope to represent.

Tim Jeffries, a Scottsdale businessman running for the state Senate in Legislative District 23, was ousted from state government by Gov. Doug Ducey in 2016. Jeffries, then the Ducey-appointed director of the Department of Economic Security, was forced to resign amid reports that he’d fired hundreds of state workers and used a state plane to fly to Nogales to celebrate with employees who gave up their job protections.

Also ousted from DES that day: Charles Loftus, who’s running for the state Senate in Legislative District 20. Loftus was the agency’s chief law enforcement officer under Jeffries.

Both were excoriated in an audit of security policies at DES. A review by the Department of Public Safety noted the DES security program under Jeffries and Loftus’ watch, when the agency amassed a stash of guns and ammunition to equip armed employees, was “rife with disorganization and inefficiency.”

Jeffries was one of three staffers found not in compliance with DES policies when they carried firearms at state facilities, the audit found.


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