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Governor:

Marco Lopez

Marco Antonio Lopez (born April 7, 1978) is an American politician. He has served in both elected and non-elected public offices, including as mayor of Nogales, AZ, executive director of the Arizona-Mexico Commission, policy advisor to Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano for Mexico and Latin America, and director of the Arizona Department of Commerce. He is best known as a previous chief of staff of United States Customs and Border Protection who served from 2009 to 2011 under CBP Commissioner, Alan Bersin, and as senior advisor to the U.S.-based foundation of billionaire Carlos Slim focused on broadband connectivity for all and free online education.

Katie Hobbs

After watching our elected leaders fail those in need, Katie took action. In 2010, she was elected to the House of Representatives. In 2012, she arrived in the State Senate. And in 2014, she became the Senate Minority Leader. Katie fought for people all across the state, expanding Medicaid and providing healthcare for hundreds of thousands of Arizonans. She worked to secure the rights of victims of sexual and domestic violence. And she worked diligently and with integrity to provide new opportunities in education and job training, and to protect the voting rights of all the people of Arizona.
We can count on Katie Hobbs to bring her fearless dedication to Arizona with her to the Governor’s office – just like she’s always done. She’s committed to rebuilding our economy equitably, strengthening public education to give everyone a strong foundation and creating quality jobs that will carry Arizona and its workers into the future.

Aaron Lieberman

During his time representing Legislative District 28, Aaron has developed a reputation as a leader more interested in finding common sense solutions than playing political games. He isn’t afraid to question the status quo or have difficult conversations. Aaron helped the City of Phoenix work with the Arizona Department of Transportation to reroute a pipeline that would have disturbed thousands of neighbors near Piestewa Peak and tore up 13 acres of pristine mountain preserve.

Aaron worked with Democrats and Republicans during COVID to secure millions in funding to get teachers throughout the state the professional support they deserved for the distance learning our kids needed. He’s led the fight for millions more for community college scholarships to help Arizonans move from unemployment into the workforce, and for $5,000 grants to help our Arizona small businesses get through the pandemic. 

Aaron has been a tireless advocate for his constituents. When seniors in Legislative District 28 identified overly burdensome state regulations that were stopping their bingo games, Aaron got “good government” legislation enacted to help them get back to playing bingo – and supporting local nonprofits with the proceeds.

Secretary of State:

Reginald Bolding

Reginald Bolding graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a B.S. in criminal justice and international security. After graduation he became a special education teacher in South Phoenix. At 28 years old Bolding was elected to the Arizona House of Representatives representing Arizona’s 27th District, which is comprised of downtown Phoenix, South Phoenix, Laveen, Tempe, and the Gila River Indian Community.

In the 2018 session Bolding served as the ranking member of the Education Committee and sat on the Ways & Means Committee. In that same session he was elected to serve as the House Minority Whip. In addition to his duties in the General Assembly, Bolding is a member of the City of Phoenix’s Community Development Review Committee. He serves as the Chair of Business and Economic Development for the National Black Caucus of State Legislators, and sits on the Board of Directors for the Children’s Museum of Phoenix and Leading for Change.

Adrian Fontes

Former Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes launched a campaign for secretary of state on Tuesday, entering the increasingly crowded race to become Arizona’s top elections official.

The Democrat is an outspoken critic of the state Senate’s unprecedented effort to recount Maricopa County ballots and legislation to restrict voting. In announcing his candidacy for the Democratic nomination, Fontes pledged to oppose these and similar efforts.

“Our democracy is under a full-fledged attack — so it’s imperative that we elect a state elections official who can do the job on Day One,” he said in a released statement announcing his candidacy. “I’ll stand up to the voter suppression laws, the baseless challenges to our election results, and the type of violent insurrections seen both here in Arizona and at our nation’s capital.”

Attorney General:

Diego Rodriguez

Assembly member Diego Rodriguez graduated from Notre Dame University in 1992 with a B.B.A. Three years later he received a J.D. from the University of Arizona’s James E. Rogers College of Law. After graduation, Rodriguez served as Deputy County Attorney in Pima County. After his time as Deputy County Attorney, he started work as the owner of Rodriguez Law Office PLLC.

Rodriguez was elected in November 2018 to represent Arizona’s 27th District, which comprises Laveen, South Phoenix, and Guadalupe. After the election, Rodriguez became a sitting member on the Elections Committee and Judiciary Committee.

Kris Mayes

Kris Mayes For Attorney General

Party: Democrat

Website: krismayes.com

Former Arizona Corporation Commissioner Kris Mayes announced her candidacy for Arizona attorney general June 23, 2021.

Mayes served on the Corporation Commission from 2003 to 2010. Mayes is a former Republican who registered as a Democrat during the Trump administration.

In her announcement, she said her priorities are fighting consumer fraud, protecting public education, and preserving the state’s natural resources.

“There are big companies, politicians, and government agencies that get out of line and mistreat people,” Mayes said in a press release. “The Attorney General’s main job is to use the law to protect you and your family from bad actors.”

Superintendent of Public Instruction:

Kathy Hoffman

Superintendent Kathy Hoffman was elected State Superintendent of Public Instruction in November 2018, and assumed office in January 2019. Superintendent Hoffman has spent her entire career working in public education, first as a pre-school teacher and then as a speech-language pathologist. She began her career in the Vail School District in Southern Arizona before joining the Peoria School District.

Her experience as both an educator and advocate for students with disabilities informs her vision for public education. Throughout her career, she has fought tirelessly for equal access to high-quality public education regardless of a student’s race, gender, or zip code.

As State Superintendent, she is focused on growing Arizona’s educator workforce through targeted recruitment and retention efforts, increasing funding and access to critical social emotional learning resources, expanding digital connectivity for urban and rural school communities alike, supporting and celebrating Arizona’s many multilingual learners, and elevating the voices of our state’s phenomenal educators.

State Mine Inspector:

William “Bill” Pierce

I am a candidate for the office of AZ State Mine Inspector. I have over 40 years experience in the engineering industry, and have been certified by MSHA

Corporation Commission:

Sandra Kennedy

Sandra was first elected to the Arizona Corporation Commission in 2008 on a platform of promoting solar energy in Arizona, and as a fierce consumer advocate. In her first term at the Corporation Commission, she worked with the Republican majority led by Kris Mayes to advance Solar Energy and Energy Efficiency. She is the first and only African American in Arizona to hold statewide office and the first statewide elected official, west of the Mississippi.

Sandra was re-elected to the Corporation Commission in 2018 on a platform of restoring integrity and transparency to the Commission, lowering unjustified utility rate increases and creating more solar and renewable energy in Arizona, especially roof top solar.

Lauren Kuby

Lauren is a Tempe councilmember with a track record of standing up to special interests and putting people first. Lauren is also a sustainability scientist at ASU and a nationally recognized champion for affordable, clean energy. Now, she’s running to be your advocate on the Arizona Corporation Commission.

Jonathon Hill

The corporation commission's most important duty is to ensure safe, reliable, and affordable utility services throughout Arizona. However, none of the current commissioners have science or engineering backgrounds, which is critical for understanding the challenges and opportunities facing Arizona's public utilities. Jonathon Hill will bring this much needed expertise to the commission.