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Rodney Glassman on GOP bus as candidate for Az Corp Commission

Rodney Glassman, a former Tucson councilman who ran for U.S. Senate as a Democrat, has filed as a Republican candidate for the Arizona Corporation Commission in the 2018 election.

Glassman resigned from the City Council in 2010 as he ran for the Senate. He garnered the Democratic nomination to challenge Sen. John McCain.

Friday, he filed paperwork with the Arizona Secretary of State's Office to run as a GOP candidate for the Corporation Commission, one of the state's most powerful elected positions. Glassman misspelled the office he seeks, registering his campaign as "Glassman for Corporation Comission," but amended his filings on Monday.

Republican Bill Montgomery, the Maricopa County attorney, is his campaign chairman. Glassman's paperwork indicates he won't participate in the Clean Elections public campaign-finance system.

The filing was first reported by Jeremy Duda of the Arizona Capitol Times.

Commissioners now serving on the ACC, which regulates corporations and sets utility rates in the state, are paid $79,500 annually.

Glassman was boosted as a Senate candidate in the Democratic Party primary by what insiders said were pledges of campaign funding that weren't fulfilled, despite Glassman's wealthy family connections. After McCain won with nearly 60 percent of the vote in the general election, Glassman moved north to the Phoenix metro area, becoming a lobbyist for Waste Management.

Prior to his 2007 election to the City Council, to an open seat in Ward 2, Glassman in 2003 had attempted to convince the Pima County Board of Supervisors to appoint him to fill Raul Grijalva's office on that body after the Democrat stepped down to become a congressman. After being elected, Glassman rotated into the largely honorary position of vice mayor, which he listed on his business cards along with his rank as an Eagle Scout.

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In 2011, Glassman campaigned to become chairman of the Arizona Democratic Party, but lost to Andrei Cherny.

He served as the interim city town manager of the Phoenix suburb of Cave Creek in 2013, and has been an attorney with several Valley of the Sun law firms.

Although Glassman was still angling for positions in the Democratic state leadership in 2014 (including again wanting to be state chair), he shifted to the Republicans, by 2016 becoming a co-chair of a panel under Secretary of State Michele Reagan. In April 2016, he gave an invocation at the Arizona Republican Party state convention.

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported the salary of an ACC commissioner.


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Jun 12, 2017, 9:22 pm
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Glassman has always and only been a member of his own party. I’ve never detected any solid convictions in him about much beyond his own advancement. His change to GOP registration is merely more evidence of his opportunism.

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