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This is a list of Arizona state Candidates

Here is information on the list of Democratic candidates running in the AZ 2021-2022 primary for the 2022 Midterm election

Governor:

Katie Hobbs

Born and raised in Arizona, Katie learned the value of service at an early age from her parents and her church. From her experience as a social worker to an advocate for women in crisis, from her work on behalf of Arizona families in the State Senate to managing the most secure election in Arizona history, Katie has worked hard to listen, learn and deliver for those who need it most.

As a social worker, Katie learned to listen to her community and roll up her sleeves to get things done. That’s how she approached her work as an advocate, and later as chief compliance officer for one of the largest domestic abuse shelters in the country. There, Katie helped provide critical resources to thousands of women suffering from domestic violence.

As chief compliance officer, she worked to secure critical funding to support the center’s work. Katie’s experiences there helped her realize the root causes of the problems afflicting Arizona: Ineffective state government that failed to provide the opportunities for Arizonans to find good jobs, to make their voices heard, and to build a better life for themselves and their families.

Secretary of State:

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:

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.