Today Laura Conover, a lifelong Tucsonan and veteran criminal law attorney, announces her candidacy for the Democratic nomination for Pima County attorney in 2020.
Conover was raised in Tucson, attended the University of Arizona, and has been volunteering for the Democratic Party and Democratic Candidates since she was a high school student.
Since graduating from the University of Arizona Law School in 2005, Conover has dedicated her career to helping the Southern Arizona community by defending the poor, advocating for victims, and fighting for justice in local and federal courts. She decided to run for the position of Pima County Attorney to bring much-needed reform to Southern Arizona’s criminal justice system.
“This is the time for responsible and meaningful change,” said Laura Conover. “I want to focus prosecutions on violent offenders and stop spending hundreds of millions of dollars to warehouse the poor, sick, and addicted in prison.”
Creating cultural and structural changes within the County Attorney’s office will be a top priority for Conover. “I want to inspire the next generation of prosecutors to make a career in the office,” she said. “I want to help them return to their core functions of protecting the community and ensuring justice is done for each victim and each defendant in every single case.”
Conover will also place new emphasis on making the office of the County Attorney’s office more fiscally responsible and transparent.
“Law and justice account for more than two-thirds of Pima County’s general fund budget,: said Conover. “As the top law enforcement officer in Pima County, the County Attorney is entrusted with hundreds of millions of dollars of taxpayer money. I want to ensure that money is always spent judiciously and that every dollar goes to increasing public safety without needlessly harming our community.”
The position of Pima County Attorney has been occupied by Barbara LaWall for 24 years. Three weeks ago Ms. LaWall announced that she would not be seeking reelection to a seventh term in office.
“It is time for a new generation with new ideas to take leadership in the Pima County Attorney’s Office,” Conover said.
The primary election for Pima County Attorney will be held on August 4, 2020. The general election will be held November 3, 2020.