ARIZONA NEWS

Arizona Gov. Ducey promises to finish term, won’t run for Senate in 2020

Dec 3, 2018, 6:39 PM | Updated: Dec 4, 2018, 8:49 am
(AP Photo/Matt York)...
(AP Photo/Matt York)
(AP Photo/Matt York)

PHOENIX – Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey won’t talk about a potential successor for U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl, but he did promise at least one name won’t be on the ballot in 2020:

Doug Ducey.

“I’m not going to speculate at all about who’s next, but I want you to know that I’m going to serve the four years of my governorship,” Ducey, who won re-election last month, said Monday during his exclusive monthly interview with KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Mac & Gaydos.

“I was elected by the people of Arizona. I made a commitment that the job that I wanted was to be governor, and I plan on being governor for the next four years.”

Ducey appointed Kyl to succeed Sen. John McCain after McCain died in August, but Kyl hasn’t committed to the position beyond this year.

If Kyl steps down, Ducey would appoint a replacement who would hold the office until 2020.

Regardless of whether Kyl or somebody else holds the seat at that time, voters will decide in a special election who will serve out the final two years of McCain’s term.

After Kirk Adams announced last week he would be stepping down as Ducey’s chief of staff, some observers thought the governor might pick Adams to keep the seat warm for him until 2020.

Martha McSally, who lost her U.S. Senate race against Democrat Kyrsten Sinema, also has been mentioned as a potential replacement for Kyl.

By state law, any appointee must be a Republican like McCain.

For now, though, there’s no vacancy, but Ducey said he’ll be prepared should he have to make another pick.

“We’ll know soon enough,” he said. “I’m going to sit down with Sen. Kyl here this December.

“There’s a number of really qualified people. What I would like to do is put the best possible person in there that could serve the state of Arizona.”

Lifetime Windows & Doors

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

In the first half of 2019, more than 3.27million pedestrians crossed frmo Mexico to the U.S. throug...
SuElen Rivera

Santa Cruz County sheriff, who oversees Nogales, believes ‘there is no invasion’ at the southern border

Santa Cruz County Sheriff David Hathaway said on Wednesday he doesn't believe there is an invasion at the southern Arizona border.
6 hours ago
(Facebook Photo/Downtown Mesa)...
KTAR.com

Inaugural Beards and Brews Booze Crawl coming to downtown Mesa on Saturday

Get in the holiday spirit this weekend with a new pub crawl in downtown Mesa this Saturday called Beards and Brews Booze Crawl.
6 hours ago
(City of Phoenix Photo)...
Kevin Stone

Phoenix boosts lifeguard pay incentive to $3,000 for 2023 pool season

After only having enough staff to open about half of its pools in 2022, the city of Phoenix is upping its incentive to lifeguards for next year.
6 hours ago
(Facebook Photo/City Government of Chandler, Arizona)...
KTAR.com

Chandler City Council approves policy to prohibit acts of discrimination

The Chandler City Council voted 6-1 to adopt an ordinance that prohibits discrimination during Monday’s meeting.
1 day ago
(Photo by Mike Simons/Getty Images)...
Associated Press

Execution warrant requested for Arizona death row inmate

The Arizona Attorney General’s Office has requested the state Supreme Court issue a warrant of execution for death row inmate Aaron Gunches.
1 day ago
(Facebook Photo/Angel Zamora)...
KTAR.com

2 Phoenix police officers charged with assault in October incident with shooting suspect

Charges against two Phoenix police officers accused of assaulting a shooting suspect during an October arrest have been submitted to the Maricopa County Attorney's Office.
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

...
Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Prep the plumbing in your home just in time for the holidays

With the holidays approaching, it's important to know when your home is in need of heating and plumbing updates before more guests start to come around.
(Desert Institute for Spine Care photo)...
DESERT INSTITUTE FOR SPINE CARE

Why DISC is world renowned for back and neck pain treatments

Fifty percent of Americans and 90% of people at least 50 years old have some level of degenerative disc disease.
...
Quantum Fiber

How high-speed fiber internet can improve everyday life

Quantum Fiber supplies unlimited data with speeds up to 940 mbps, enough to share 4K videos with coworkers 20 times faster than a cable.
Arizona Gov. Ducey promises to finish term, won’t run for Senate in 2020