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Biasiucci, Cobb look ahead to November, beyond in Arizona Legislature

August 30, 2018

As of Wednesday evening District 5 legislative candidate Leo Biasiucci appeared to maintain a 959-vote lead over incumbent Paul Mosley. Unless those remaining provisional and absentee ballots can turn the tide Biasiucci will join Regina Cobb in the Arizona Legislature.

Biasiucci and Cobb each said they plan to focus on maintaining District 5’s water supply, while keeping it within Mohave and La Paz Counties. Alongside state Sen. Sonny Borrelli and Cobb, Biasiucci believes they will make a great team.

“We only have three legislators out of 90 who are protecting our district,” Biasiucci said. “We respect each other, we are willing to listen to each other and we always put service above self. Whether it’s fighting for less government regulations, quality schooling for our children or keeping our taxes low, I think we all have the same goal of doing what is best for our district.”

According to preliminary figures in Mohave County, Cobb held the largest percentage of votes among the county’s four Republican candidates, with about 38 percent of the vote. Biasiucci obtained 24.7 percent of the vote, according to preliminary figures, while Mosley obtained 22.4 percent of the vote. Jennifer Jones-Esposito obtained the remaining 14.9 percent of the Republican vote, according to the Arizona Secretary of State’s website.

Biasiucci and Cobb still face a general election challenge in November, but the district’s overwhelmingly high number of Republican voters offer Mohave County Democrats an uphill battle.

In a traditionally Republican district, Biasiucci’s ascension to the Legislature seems all but certain to Republican candidates, as does Borrelli’s own victory in the state Senate. Democratic challenger Mary McCord Robinson ran unopposed within her party, and obtained 210 votes fewer than Mosley.

“Right now I’m just concentrating on making it past the general election and officially becoming District 5 Republican candidate for the Arizona House,” Biasiucci said Wednesday.

According to Cobb, she won’t know how much she’ll have in common with Biasiucci until he presumptively takes office next year. While they agree on the importance of District 5’s water, Cobb hopes to pursue changes and improvements to the state’s opioid legislation as well.

“I’m looking forward to working with Leo,” Cobb said. “From what I saw before the election, I think he’d be good to work with…and he’s a hard worker, which I really appreciate. I’m hopeful that he’ll be a good seatmate.”

Borrelli and Democratic challenger J’aime Morgaine ran unopposed in this week’s election. Morgaine received 7,122 Democratic votes in District 5. Borrelli received 24,289.

Mosley’s ethics complaint

A final tally for the Republican District 5 primaries is pending, but so is a complaint against state Rep. Paul Mosley for alleged violations in the House Ethics Committee. The complaint followed the well-publicized release of body camera footage from a La Paz County Sheriff’s deputy during a March traffic stop in which Mosley was involved.

Mosley has since apologized for the incident, in which he was stopped for allegedly speeding. During a conversation with deputies, Mosley joked that he has in the past driven as fast as 140 miles per hour on State Route 95, about double the speed limit.

The complaint was filed by State Rep. Mark Finchem, who could not be reached for comment as of Wednesday evening.

“(Mosley) will be in office at least until December 31,” Cobb said. “Knowing Rep. Finchem, they will still continue with the ethics complaint process whether Mosley won or lost.”

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