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Mesa attorney enters Pearce recall race

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Posted: Tuesday, August 16, 2011 5:28 pm | Updated: 1:18 pm, Wed Oct 10, 2012.

The recall targeting state Senate President Russell Pearce has another potential challenger, Mesa attorney Michael Kielsky. He filed paperwork with the Arizona Secretary of State on Tuesday, which lets him begin gathering the 621 signatures required to qualify for the Nov. 8 election. He filed to run as a candidate who will not raise or spend more than $500.

Kielsky previously ran as a Libertarian for Congress and Maricopa County attorney. Kielsky has represented the owners of Angel Tattoo, who sued Mesa in 2009 when the city denied their application to open a shop near Dobson and Baseline roads.

He is the third potential opponent against Pearce, a Republican. Charter school executive Jerry Lewis has begun a high-profile campaign, while candidate Oliva Cortes has done nothing to promote her effort. Audiologist Tom Cattey ended his brief campaign to endorse Lewis.

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