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Julie Gunnigle concedes to Rachel Mitchell in Maricopa County attorney race

Democrat Julie Gunnigle conceded the race for Maricopa County attorney to the Republican incumbent, Rachel Mitchell, on Monday.

Though all votes have not yet been counted, Mitchell has led Gunnigle for several days. 

In a statement Monday morning, Mitchell declared victory and vowed to work with law enforcement and community leaders to hold criminals accountable.

Mitchell has been a prosecutor for decades, and was appointed county attorney this spring after Allister Adel resigned. She’ll now serve through 2024.

Gunnigle later issued a statement conceding the race, though she criticized Mitchell’s victory, saying it’s "a continuation of the legacy of corruption within the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office."

Previous scandals grew public distrust of the county’s top prosecutors.

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Ben Giles is a senior editor at KJZZ.