Hobbs meets with Ducey, praises outgoing Arizona governor for cooperation in transition

Nov 23, 2022, 5:00 PM
(Twitter Photo/@DougDucey)...
(Twitter Photo/@DougDucey)
(Twitter Photo/@DougDucey)

PHOENIX — Doug Ducey on Wednesday met with Gov.-elect Katie Hobbs, a summit Hobbs said was reassurance the outgoing governor would assist in the transition of power.

“[Ducey] has been incredibly gracious and just continues to reiterate that his office is at our disposal in every way possible to make this a seamless transition,” Hobbs told KTAR News 92.3 FM on Wednesday.

The meeting happened more than a week after media outlets called the race in favor of Hobbs, but it wasn’t their first post-election correspondence.

Ducey called Hobbs to congratulate her last Tuesday, the day after Hobbs was declared projected winner.

“Arizona voters sent a clear message that they want leaders that are going to work together and at the end of the day, the constituents of every legislator are all my constituents,” Hobbs said.

Ducey tweeted out photos of his meeting with Hobbs on Wednesday and offered his support to his successor.

The Democrat defeated Republican nominee Kari Lake by 17,116 votes.

Lake has refused to concede the race and has threatened legal action.

“All of us have waited patiently for the democratic process to play out,” Ducey said in a press release. “The people of Arizona have spoken, their votes have been counted and we respect their decision.”

Hobbs is set to be Arizona’s second Democratic governor this century. Janet Napolitano served as the state’s top executive from 2003-2009.

Hobbs has already begun preparations in taking over the role, putting together a transition team and naming a chief of staff in the past week.

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

(Getty Images Photos)...
Kevin Stone

Rep. Ruben Gallego, Arizona Democratic Party criticize Sen. Kyrsten Sinema’s move

U.S. Rep. Ruben Gallego and the Arizona Democratic Party criticized Sen. Kyrsten Sinema after she announced she was changing her affiliation to independent.
9 hours ago
U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema speaks at a news conference after the Senate passed the Respect for Marria...
Kevin Stone

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema says leaving Democratic Party won’t change how she serves Arizona

Newly minted independent U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema said her decision to leave the Democratic Party won’t change the way she serves her constituents.
9 hours ago
(AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)...

Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema leaves Democratic Party, registers as independent

Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema announced Friday she is registering as an independent, leaving the Democratic Party but promising her work won't change.
9 hours ago
FILE - Border Patrol agents patrol along a line of shipping containers stacked near the border on A...
Kevin Stone

Arizona border sheriff backs protesters impeding shipping container installation

A southern Arizona sheriff said protesters have been keeping crews from stacking shipping containers at the U.S.-Mexico border, and he's good with it.
9 hours ago
(AP Photo/Oliver de Ros)...

Guatemalan man facing charges after allegedly assaulting Arizona border patrol agent

A Guatemalan man was arrested last week for allegedly assaulting a border patrol agent while he was illegally crossing the border.
9 hours ago
(Arizona Department of Transportation Flickr Photo)...

No scheduled closures on Phoenix-area freeways for third consecutive weekend

Phoenix-area drivers won't have to worry about closures on freeways for a third straight weekend as there are no scheduled projects.
9 hours 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.

Key dates for Arizona sports fans to look forward to this fall

Fall brings new beginnings in different ways for Arizona’s professional sports teams like the Cardinals and Coyotes.
Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Ways to prevent clogged drains and what to do if you’re too late

While there are a variety of ways to prevent clogged drains, it's equally as important to know what to do when you're already too late.
Hobbs meets with Ducey, praises outgoing Arizona governor for cooperation in transition