Prior to running for the Arizona State Senate, Toby Farmer first filed to run for the State House in April of 2013. When he formally announced for the House later in the summer, he stated that he had never planned on running for office before. His press release stated the following:
However, Maricopa County Court documents tell a much different story. According to court records, Farmer had run for office before. In fact, he was a candidate for State House in 2012 but faced legal action challenging the validity of his qualifying signatures.
The nearly 30-page legal complaint documented how more than 300 of the 441 signatures filed by Farmer were invalid for a variety of reasons. The complaint also detailed how Farmer failed to specify the date of the election as required by law, opting instead for “2012”, and how Farmer refused to list his address on the petitions as required by law, opting instead for “Litchfield Park”.
Court records also show that Farmer abandoned his bid hours before he was scheduled to appear in court as part of the legal challenge. Farmer had been advised to withdraw as a candidate by Maricopa County Elections officials who had inspected his petition signatures and largely agreed with the claims made in the lawsuit.
Why did Toby Farmer pretend that he was a reluctant first time candidate in 2013 when court records clearly show that he ran for office in 2012?
And, when faced with questions about his 2012 run, why did Toby Farmer tell precinct committeemen at his district meeting that the reason he withdrew was because “we already had two good conservatives running (in Montenegro and Mitchell) and I didn’t want to hurt their chances.”? The petition challenge was filed by Darin Mitchell and Farmer withdrew because he knew he would lose in court. So why now pretend he withdrew to help Mitchell and Montenegro?
It is time for Toby Farmer to come clean about his 2012 campaign and apologize for deliberately misleading the voters of LD13.