PHOENIX — Julie Gunnigle, the Democratic nominee for Maricopa County Attorney, released the following statement regarding her opponent’s transphobic remarks:
“Trans rights are human rights. My opponent’s bigoted remarks have no place in our community and are absolutely unacceptable from a government official. Our appointed County Attorney comparing the struggle of the LGBTQ+ community with a dog DNA test is beyond reprehensible. There is no context that would ever justify these hateful comments. You cannot have equal justice under law if you continue to discriminate against the most marginalized in our society.
Trans individuals nationwide face a higher prevalence of fatal violence, self-harm, and suicide. Bigotry only normalizes these problems in our country. Accepting folks in our community, no matter how they identify, helps to prevent suicide and dismantle hate.
I am proud to be running a grassroots, inclusive campaign working to uphold the values of all Arizonans. We will continue to fight for criminal justice reform and ensure that all folks in our community are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve.”
Julie Gunnigle is the Democratic nominee for Maricopa County Attorney. As a former prosecutor and nonprofit executive, she understands the complexity of our criminal justice system. She is running to transform the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office into an institution that is tough, smart, and fair.