GLOBE — Another Democratic candidate has thrown her hat into the ring in Arizona Legislative District 8.
Carmen Casillas announced her plans to run for a House seat in a press release Thursday.
There are currently one other Democratic and three Republican candidates running for the two Arizona House of Representatives seats for District 8.
The Democratic candidate is Sharon Girard from Eloy. The Republican candidates are incumbents David Cook from Globe and Frank Pratt (currently in the Senate) from Casa Grande and challenger Neal Carter from San Tan Valley.
Casillas said her decision “comes in light of the recent developments concerning incumbent David Cook and her desire to keep a legislative seat in Gila County, as the likelihood of Cook’s continuance at the Capitol continues to grow smaller.”
Cook is the subject of two ethics complaints regarding his relationship with a lobbyist.
Casillas has previously served as a councilwoman and vice mayor for Globe and has been an adviser on congressional campaigns. She ran for the same seat in 2018, 2016 and 2014 but did not win.
She has been an advocate for victims of crime, supported mental health initiatives and sits on the governing board for the Globe-Miami Youth Club.
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In her press release, Casillas took Republican candidate Frank Pratt to task for not supporting sex education for students and supporting a bill that would allow business owners to refuse service to gay, bisexual or transgendered customers.