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Adrian Fontes leads Democratic nomination for Arizona Secretary of State

Aug 2, 2022, 10:30 PM | Updated: 10:41 pm
Adrian Fontes, a Democratic candidate running for Secretary of State for Arizona, poses for a photo...

Adrian Fontes, a Democratic candidate running for Secretary of State for Arizona, poses for a photograph Friday, July 29, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

PHOENIX — Adrian Fontes leads Reginald Bolding in the race to secure the Democratic nomination for Arizona Secretary of State after the first results for the primary election were released Tuesday night.

Fontes had 52% of the votes compared to Bolding’s 47% on the first drop of results, according to the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office.

Fontes is aiming to be the state’s next election chief after serving as the Maricopa County Recorder from 2016 to 2020, losing the seat to Republican Stephen Richer.

The winner will take on the Republican primary winner in the November general election to take the spot of Katie Hobbs, who is running for governor.

In an interview with KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Gaydos and Chad Show before the primary, Fontes said he wants to restore confidence in elections.

He promised to attack the issue head-on by cutting the drama and fighting misinformation.

Fontes said his mission is to make sure Arizona has free and fair elections and that people can have faith that he will be fair to both political parties.

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Adrian Fontes leads Democratic nomination for Arizona Secretary of State