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Pima County Attorney

David Hardy


Hardy was born in Phoenix in 1951, and earned his bachelor's degree (1972) and doctorate in law (1975) from the University of Arizona. He has practiced law for the past 25 years - 16 in Tucson and 9 in Washington D.C. as a lawyer for the U.S. Department of the Interior.

Hardy said he thinks many resources have been wasted in the "war on drugs" because adults should be able to engage in such business transactions. He would not consider the death penalty as an option in nearly all cases.

Peter Hormel


Born in 1969, Hormel received his bachelor's degree in classics from Brown University in Providence, R.I. (1991) and his doctorate in law from the University of Arizona (1994). He has practiced law locally since his graduation, including a stint as a trial attorney for the county public defender's office.

Hormel said the current system is uncompromising towards plea bargains, which causes a burden on taxpayers because of the cost of trying a case. If elected, he will reduce the budget of the county attorney.

Barbara LaWall


LaWall was born in Tucson in 1946, and has lived in the city her entire life. She graduated from the University of Arizona in 1967, and earned her doctorate in law from the UA in 1976. She prosecuted cases for 25 years for the county until 1996, when she was elected county attorney.

If re-elected, LaWall said she will continue being a tough prosecutor, targeting serious, dangerous and repetitive criminals. She supports crime prevention programs aimed toward Tucson youth.