State Supreme Court rules Corporation Commissioner Boyd Dunn cannot appear on ballot

By Andrew Oxford | Arizona Republic 

Boyd Dunn

The Arizona Supreme Court said Corporation Commissioner Boyd Dunn cannot appear on the Republican primary ballot, upholding the decision of a lower court judge to boot him from the race after a campaign worker said she forged some of his nominating petition signatures.

The decision upends Dunn’s bid for a second term on the five-member board, which regulates the utility industry and sets electricity rates.

“I have been honored to serve the citizens of Chandler and the state of Arizona over the past 30 years,” Dunn, the former mayor of Chandler, said in a statement. “While I am disappointed that the justices didn’t rule in my favor, I respect their decision.”

The commissioner faced two legal challenges to the nominating petitions he filed to qualify for the primary ballot — one from a former commission staffer supporting Democratic candidate Bill Mundell and another by Bob Branch, a Republican who ran for state superintendent of public instruction in 2018.

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