The House Ethics Committee has retained the law firm Ballard Spahr to handle the ethics investigation against Rep. David Stringer.

Reps. Kelly Townsend, R-Mesa, and Reginald Bolding, D-Laveen have filed separate ethics complaints against Stringer, R-Prescott. The complaints target recorded comments Stringer made twice last year on race and immigration and multiple sex offense charges he faced in the ‘80s.

Attorney Joe Kanefield, the head of Ballard Spahr's politics and election law arm, will lead the Ballard Spahr team. Kanefield served as general counsel to former Gov. Jan Brewer, state elections director and in-house counsel to the secretary of state, and as assistant attorney general among other posts.

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