- Associated Press - Saturday, May 7, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - Corporation Commissioner Andy Tobin is spending a lot more days outside of Phoenix, a practice that is drawing criticism in an election year.

The former House speaker’s recent road trips to Arizona’s rural municipalities are being perceived as an unofficial campaign tour by some.

He has held open houses in cities including Window Rock and Show Low.

The Arizona Republic reports (http://bit.ly/24vMnMQ) that some Democrats have gone as far as demand that Tobin resign.

Matt Gress, Tobin’s policy adviser, says the commissioner is simply keeping a promise that residents in rural areas get heard.

Gov. Doug Ducey appointed Tobin to the Arizona Corporation Commission in December after Commissioner Susan Bitter Smith resigned.

Tobin is now running for a full four-year term.

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Information from: The Arizona Republic, http://www.azcentral.com

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