Current Gov. Doug Ducey, a Republican and chairman of the Republican Governors Association, has a limited term and cannot seek re-election in 2022.
Who else is running: Hobbs is the second notable Democrat to join the race. Marco López Jr. – who was mayor of Nogales, Arizona, in the early 2000s and worked as a senior official in the Obama-era Department of Homeland Security – launched an offer earlier in the year.
Republicans already have several candidates on the field: State Treasurer Kimberly Yee, Karrin Taylor Robson, a member of the State Board of Regents and Kari Lake, a former news anchor who launched an offer on Wednesday evening, are all already running.
The trickle-down effect: Hobbs’ long overdue decision to run for governor creates an open race for his current post. Secretaries of state across the country have received intense attention since the 2020 election, but perhaps no more than in Arizona.
The Republican-controlled state Senate is currently undertaking a so-called results audit in Maricopa County, the largest county in the state that President Joe Biden narrowly won in 2020. Election professionals have derided the audit as being mismanaged and playing dangerously within the promoted conspiracy theories. by former President Donald Trump and his supporters. Hobbs – and Republican officials in Maricopa County – have repeatedly attacked the audit.
Two Republicans are already running for Secretary of State: State Representative Mark Finchem, who has been a major supporter of the audit, and State Senator Michelle Ugenti-Rita, who has drafted a law that purge infrequent voters from the state’s popular permanent early voting list.
No prominent Democrat has yet announced a candidacy. Adrian Fontes, who was Maricopa’s election official before losing a close race to current recorder Stephen Richer in 2020, told POLITICO in March that he is strongly considering running, should Hobbs run for governor. . Richer, a Republican who aggressively pushed back the audit of the state Senate, told POLITICO last month he would not be running for secretary of state.