Hrin withdraws preliminary injunction request

Defamation lawsuit continues

Mary Beth Hrin

Mary Beth Hrin

A bid to block a Phoenix-based organization from “repeating the publication of false and defamatory statements” about Prescott mayoral candidate Mary Beth Hrin was withdrawn this week.

A Yavapai County Superior Court hearing was scheduled Tuesday morning, Aug. 22, on Hrin’s earlier motion for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction against the chairman of the Arizona Voter Education Project, Inc., the organization listed on two negative mailers that went out to Prescott voters in July.

The hearing was called off after Hrin filed a notice of withdrawal of the motion Monday, Aug. 21.

Her affidavit on the matter states: “Given the short duration of the proposed preliminary injunction (until the close of the election on Aug. 29), along with the substantial judicial resources necessary to consider the request, I am withdrawing my motion for preliminary injunction in order to, during the last week of the election, focus on the issues important to the voters of the City of Prescott, as well as limit the burden on judicial resources.”

Noting a candidate is elected outright in a city primary by receiving 50 percent plus one of the votes, the affidavit adds that Hrin could renew her effort if she becomes involved in a runoff election for mayor.

(If none of the three mayoral candidates receives the required 50 percent plus one on Aug. 29, the top two vote-getters would go on to a run-off in the Nov. 7 general election).

Kory Langhofer, a managing attorney with Statecraft, said the firm is representing the Arizona Voter Education Project in the matter and was prepared to participate in the Aug. 22 hearing until Hrin’s attorneys filed the motion to withdraw.

Hrin’s affidavit stated that she was withdrawing her request for preliminary injunction, but added that she was confident of “a likelihood of success on the merits” of her claims.