Arizona Gov.-elect Katie Hobbs selects co-chairs for transition team

Nov 17, 2022, 4:00 PM

Arizona Gov.-elect Katie Hobbs waits to take the stage during her victory rally in Phoenix on Tuesd...

Arizona Gov.-elect Katie Hobbs waits to take the stage during her victory rally in Phoenix on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022. (Photo by Rebecca Noble for The Washington Post via Getty Images)

(Photo by Rebecca Noble for The Washington Post via Getty Images)

PHOENIX – Arizona Gov.-elect Katie Hobbs selected two people to co-chair the team that will guide her transition into office.

“I am thrilled to have Monica Villalobos and Michael Haener as co-chairs of the transition team for my administration,” Hobbs said in a press release.

“Their track record of leadership and commitment to public service are an asset to my team as we build an administration that reflects the diversity and needs of our great state.”

Hobbs, a Democrat, defeated Kari Lake in the race to succeed Republican Gov. Doug Ducey, who couldn’t run again because of term limits.

Haener served as deputy chief of staff under the state’s last Democratic governor, Janet Napolitano.

He was also Hobbs’ transition team chair after she was elected as secretary of state in 2018.

Villalobos is the president and CEO of the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

She was a member of the Republicans for Katie Hobbs coalition that helped get Hobbs elected.

“I look forward to working with Monica and Mike, and I’m incredibly honored that they are joining me on this journey to move Arizona forward,” Hobbs said.

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Arizona Gov.-elect Katie Hobbs selects co-chairs for transition team