- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 18, 2014

PHOENIX (AP) - An arrest warrant for a newly elected Arizona legislator has been erased after a friend of the incoming lawmaker paid outstanding fines for traffic violations dating from 2010.

Florence officials quashed the warrant Monday after a friend who was a campaign volunteer for Rep.-elect Ceci Velasquez paid the $2,000 in fines, according to the Arizona Capitol Times (https://goo.gl/bU5kes).

Velasquez, D-Litchfield Park, won a race for a House seat from Legislative District 29 in the Nov. 6 general election.

The fines were levied against Velasquez in Florence Municipal Court for driving on a suspending license, for driving a vehicle with a suspended registration and for not having required insurance for the vehicle.

“I apologize for the stress I have caused my family, friends, my Democratic caucus members and the wonderful people of LD-29,” Velasquez said in a statement Tuesday. “I have learned a valuable lesson from this situation and I make no excuses for my actions.”

“I understand all too well how financial distress, medical issues and the struggles to be a single mother can overwhelm and get the best of you. These circumstances all snowballed for me and I failed to meet my obligations,” Velasquez added. “The outpouring of support has motivated me to fight for families in my community and around the state who face similar struggles.”

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