The Citizen's Clean Elections Commission is looking into a complaint that a state house candidate from Southern Arizona misspent his campaign money.

Democratic candidate David Joseph is running for the Arizona House of Representatives in Legislative District 11, encompassing the northwest side of Tucson, Marana, and northwest to the town of Maricopa in Pinal County.

The Pinal County Republican Committee filed a complaint with the Arizona Citizen Clean Elections Commission alleging Joseph used $9,000 of his primary election funding to conduct general election campaigning, including mailing campaign materials to Republicans.

The process to determine whether there is a violation is just beginning. Joseph has the opportunity to respond to the complaint, and then the commission staff will evaluate it and if necessary, present it to the commission's board, said Todd Lang, commission executive director.

Lang said he couldn't comment specifically on the merits of this complaint.

"Our goal is to reach the proper result, assess the appropriate penalty when a penalty is called for and not be a political issue," Lang said.

This isn't the first such complaint during this election cycle, Lang said.

Three Republicans running for Arizona Corporation Commission were recently found in violation of a similar allegation: spending primary money to do general election campaigning. They have agreed to a settlement to repay the funds.

Joseph and Republicans Adam Kwasman and state Sen. Steve Smith are competing for the two House seats in LD11.

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