FLORENCE — Pinal County Attorney’s Office Chief of Staff Garland Shreves has announced a run for state Senate in Maricopa County.

Shreves is running as a Republican for the Senate seat in Legislative District 27. The seat is currently held by Democratic incumbent Rebecca Rios.

The district contains the southern part of Maricopa County and the Laveen area.

Shreves formerly lived in the Casa Grande area, and Rios formerly represented much of Pinal County in the Legislature as did her father, Pete Rios, who now a Pinal County supervisor from Dudleyville.

Last week, Shreves put out public posts on social media inviting people to a “Pro Gun 2nd Amendment Rally” on March 7 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at 10439 S. 26th Ave. in Phoenix, a home.

According to a post that Shreves put on Facebook, he has a clear endorsement from Pinal County Sheriff Mark Lamb, stating, “Host: Garland Shreves, candidate for Arizona State Senator, Legislative District 27, Endorsed by Mark Lamb as a strong advocate for Gun Rights.”

According to a poster, the event is free for residents of LD27. Live music will be provided and people can register to vote.

“Ask questions, be informed. Food, drinks, music. Have fun, grab some swag!” Shreves put on the poster promoting the event.

In a separate post promoting the event, Shreves wrote, “I would like to cordially invite you to meet with myself and Sheriff Mark Lamb, who is endorsing my candidacy for the Arizona Senate seat in LD27. Sheriff Lamb has been on different Live PD shows, is a big supporter of the Second Amendment and our constitutional rights.”

Shreves said people will have the opportunity to sign his petition, “to have pro-gun candidates on the ballot.”

He continued in the Facebook post, “If you believe, as I do, that you have the right to protect yourself and family in your home, please RSVP for this free event. Thank you again for your support, and I look forward to meeting you. Please sign my petition.”

Arizona senators are elected to a term of two years and due to term limits can only serve four consecutive terms.

Compensation for being an Arizona senator is $24,000 annually and $35 a day per diem for legislators who live in Maricopa County; $60 a day for legislators who live outside Maricopa County during the session.

The current senator from the district, Rios, was elected to the Senate in 2018. She previously served in both the House and Senate and was in leadership positions.

In the 2018 election, Rios ran unopposed in the general election but was slightly challenged in the primary by Cipriano Miranda. Rios captured 78.6% of the vote in the primary race against Miranda.

The Arizona LD27 Senate seat has been held by a Democrat since at least 2010.


Jim Headley is a reporter covering breaking news, crime and justice around Pinal County. He can be reached at