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State Senate candidate arrested for assaulting police officers in Arizona

Riley Snyder
Riley Snyder

A Democratic state Senate candidate has been arrested and charged with assaulting two police officers in Arizona last week.

Stephanie Alvarado, 41, was charged last week with two counts of assaulting an officer and one count of disorderly conduct stemming from an altercation with police last week inside Phoenix’s Sky Harbor airport. She filed to run as a Democrat in a Summerlin-area state Senate district earlier in March.

According to a police report published by, Alvarado was first approached by two police officers around 6:30 p.m. on March 30 after she allegedly had failed to pay a tab at a Blanco Taco restaurant inside the airport and was being chased by a bartender.

The report stated that Alvarado began to scream and yell at the officers once they began approaching her, eventually coming just a few inches away from one of the officers. He then grabbed her right arm and told her she was under arrest, when she “took a swing” at his face with her free hand.

After an “extensive struggle,” the report states Alvarado was handcuffed and placed in the back of a police car. It also states she kicked an officer’s arm as he attempted to place restraints on her legs.

The report states that Alvarado was allegedly under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the arrest.

Alvarado is due back in court on Friday for a status update, and a preliminary hearing in Phoenix is set for April 10. A call to her listed number wasn’t immediately returned Thursday.

According to her financial disclosure statement filed with Nevada secretary of state, Alvarado has lived in the state for five years. Her campaign website is exclusively focused on “Reforming Family Court.”

Alvarado is currently scheduled to face off against former Assemblywoman Marilyn Dondero Loop in the Democratic primary for state Senate District 8, considered a key seat by both parties. Former state Sen. Elizabeth Helgelien, former Assemblywoman Valerie Weber and Dan Rodimer will face off in the Republican primary.


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