FLORENCE — A Democratic mainstay in Arizona politics has announced that the upcoming re-election campaign for Pinal County supervisor will be his last.

Pete Rios of Dudleyville announced through his district administrator that should he win re-election this year, it will be for his fourth and final term on the board. He is running against Ruben Leos of Picacho in the Democratic primary. There is no Republican running for the seat.

Rios’ political career has spanned decades, as he had two separate stints in the state Senate. The first was from 1983-1995 and included a year as Senate president from 1991-1992. After an unsuccessful run for Arizona secretary of state, he returned to the Senate from 1997 until 2005 and was in the state House until 2009, when he became a supervisor.

“Rios is well known in political circles for his knowledge of government and parliamentary procedure and being results oriented,” the announcement said. “He takes pride in helping constituents with individual cases as well as implementing policy and programs to improve the quality of life for all Pinal County residents.”

Rios represents District 1 on the board, which includes Picacho, Superior, Kearny, San Manuel, Mammoth and parts of Eloy and Coolidge.

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