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Arizona politics: the races that affect you

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Arizona Attorney General, Mark Brnovich.

Arizona elects an attorney general every four years to advise state agencies, protect civil, environmental and consumer rights and enforce Arizona laws. Learn more about the two candidates below. 

Mark Brnovich (Republican):  


Before being elected as Arizona’s attorney general in 2014, Brnovich worked as an assistant US attorney general for the District of Arizona. During his tenure, Brnovich won $40 million in settlements for Arizona consumers from corporations and prosecuted would-be terrorists inspired by the Islamic State. Brnovich also sued the Arizona Board of Regents over the high cost of attending a public university in Arizona. If elected, Brnovich has said he will seek justice for all Arizonans. 


January Contreras (Democrat): 


Contreras, a former assistant attorney general, founded the Arizona Legal Women and Youth Services to provide victims of abuse and sex trafficking access to legal representation. During her time as a prosecutor, Contreras fought cuts to healthcare, elder abuse and health care fraud. If elected, Contreras plans to Arizona’s defense of corporate special interests. Contreras said she will ensure the civil rights of all Arizonans are protected and the powerful are held accountable. 


Arizona elects a secretary of state every four years to oversee Arizona’s elections. The secretary of state is also first in line to replace the governor in the case of impeachment or resignation. Learn more about the two candidates below. 

Steve Gaynor (Republican):  


Gaynor, an Arizona businessman, has focused his campaign on restoring confidence in Arizona’s elections. If elected, Gaynor would require proof of citizenship to vote, work with the state’s cybersecurity team to protect election integrity and streamline operations and reduce costs. 


Katie Hobbs (Democrat): 


Hobbs, a former social worker and state legislator, has focused her campaign on ensuring every Arizonan has their voice heard. If elected, Hobbs plans to reduce the long lines and incompetence at polling stations that stymied Arizonans’ right to vote. 




Arizona elects a state treasurer every four years to manage the state’s investment portfolio and serve as Arizona’s Chief Banker. Learn more about the two candidates below. 

Mark Manoil (Democrat):   


An Arizona small business owner, Manoil’s campaign centers around helping the average Arizonan. If elected, Manoil plans to fight for affordable borrowing for university students, shifting the tax burden from families to corporations and providing favorable, local capital to small businesses and cities looking to improve their infrastructure. Manoil wants to root out corruption and his campaign does not accept corporate donations.



Kimberly Yee (Republican): 


Yee, Arizona’s Senate majority leader and small business owner, plans to protect Arizonans’ pocketbooks if elected as state treasurer. When campaigning, Yee touted her work to lower taxes, reduce unnecessary regulations and improve public education in the state legislature. According to Yee, she will continue to be guided by her ethical, fiscally conservative principles and her experience working on Arizona’s budget. 




Arizona elects a Superintendent of Public Instruction every four years to head Arizona’s Department of Education, implement education policy and manage finances. Learn more about the two candidates below. 

Kathy Hoffman (Democrat):  


Until running for political office, Hoffman was an educator in Arizona’s public schools. If elected, Hoffman plans to give more voices a say in policy. Hoffman will also increase support for pre-schools, bilingual education, special education programs and career and technical education programs. Hoffman supports providing teachers paid maternity and paternity leave to attract and retain high-quality teachers as well as fight LGBTQ discrimination in schools. Hoffman wants to stop the expansion of school vouchers and ensure all Arizona schools are fully funded. 

Frank Riggs (Republican):  


A former U.S. Congressman, Riggs hopes to expand access to quality education in Arizona. If elected, Riggs would form a parent advisory council and increase the civic education students receive in Arizona schools. Riggs also believes physical activity is critical to learning and plans to ensure physical activity is incorporated into Arizona schools. Riggs wants to focus school resources to help students falling behind in reading and other essential skills. Riggs supports expanding access to electives and technical career courses and programs for students. 


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