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Here’s who is running for governor in Arizona in 2022

Jun 29, 2021, 10:50 AM | Updated: Jan 19, 2022, 2:27 pm
(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, left, Facebook Photos, middle and center)...
(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, left, Facebook Photos, middle and center)
(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, left, Facebook Photos, middle and center)

PHOENIX — Arizona will have a new governor following the upcoming election cycle in 2022.

Republican Doug Ducey can’t run for reelection due to term limits, ending an eight-year run.

Several candidates from both sides of the aisle have declared their candidacy to become the state’s 24th governor.

Here’s the list of high-profile candidates, which will be updated as necessary:

Steve Gaynor, Republican — Gaynor, a former secretary of state candidate, announced his candidacy June 25. He said he wants to bring an outside perspective to the role after narrowly losing to Katie Hobbs in 2018.

Katie Hobbs, Democrat — Hobbs, Arizona’s Secretary of State, revealed her candidacy June 2. In her announcement video, she touted her record as the state’s top elections official. Hobbs has been a high-profile defender of Arizona’s voting process in recent months, appearing regularly on local and national media outlets to criticize the audit of Maricopa County’s 2020 general election, which was ordered by the state Senate’s GOP leadership.

Kari Lake, Republican — Lake, a former Valley TV anchor with Fox 10 for 22 years, announced June 1 her candidacy. Lake’s website describes her as a candidate who “stands as a symbol of truth in journalism and represents the growing ranks of journalists who have walked away from the mainstream media market peddling fake news.”

Aaron Lieberman, Democrat State Rep. Lieberman announced his run June 28. Lieberman is in his second term representing District 28 – which includes parts of Phoenix and Paradise Valley — in the state House.

Marco Lopez, Democrat — Former Nogales Mayor Lopez became Arizona’s first formal governor candidate on March 16. Lopez, 42, a small business owner, served in the Obama administration and won the mayoral election in the border town when he was 22.

Karrin Taylor Robson, Republican — Taylor Robson, secretary of the Arizona Board of Regents, entered the race May 18. She calls herself a “lifelong conservative Republican” in her campaign video, is the founder and president of Phoenix-based land use strategy company Arizona Strategies.

Matt Salmon, Republican — Salmon, who ran unsuccessfully for governor in 2002, announced his run June 16. Salmon retired after his congressional term ended in 2016.

Other individuals who have filed a statement of interest with the Secretary of State’s Office for governor:

Mykala Cain-Reagan (D)

Steven “Paco” Noon, Jr. (D)

William “Bill” Moritzky (L)

Steve Remus (L)

Ameer El Bey (R)

Kelly Garett (R)

David Hoffman (R)

Michael Pavlock, Jr. (R)

Paola “Z” Tulliani (R)

Wayne Warren (R)

Julian Tatka (R)

Trista DiGenova-Chang (D)

Callie Morgan (R)

Peggy Betzer (D)

Bryan Masche (R)

Robert Baxter (L)

Settimo Savittieri (R)

Elbridge Walker (R)

Robert Ectman (D)

Virgilio Saromo (R)

Scott Neely (R)

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Here’s who is running for governor in Arizona in 2022