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Julie Gunnigle Leads In Democratic Nomination For Maricopa County Attorney

For the first time, the Maricopa County Democratic Party fielded a contested primary for county attorney.

As of late Tuesday evening, Julie Gunnigle had garnered nearly triple the votes of each of her competitors, Will Knight and Bob McWhirter.

Gunnigle says she believes the community has spoken in favor of a reform candidate.

“People are hungry for change in Maricopa County, and they’re ready for something different," said Gunnigle. "I think that’s why we saw so many people running this time.”

She says hundreds of volunteers sending texts and making phone calls was the secret to keeping up direct voter contact during a pandemic.

Gunnigle will face incumbent and Republican nominee Allister Adel in the general election.

→  Latest Results From Maricopa County Recorder's Office

Jimmy Jenkins is a senior field correspondent at KJZZ and a contributor to NPR’s Election 2020 and Criminal Justice station collaborations. His work has been featured on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Marketplace, Here and Now, The Takeaway and NPR Newscasts.Originally from Terre Haute, Indiana, Jenkins has a B.S. in criminology from Indiana State University and a master’s degree in journalism from Indiana University.Much of his reporting has focused on the criminal justice system. Jenkins has reported on Tasers, body cameras, use of force, jail privatization, prison health care and the criminal contempt trial of former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.