Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs launches gubernatorial campaign
Hobbs’ profile rose dramatically in the wake of the 2020 election, when she made numerous media appearances – initially on the Arizona vote count and later on defending the state count against some of the conspiracies. baseless Republicans. Hobbs was the main critic of the so-called Maricopa County ballot audit recently.
She adds, “In 2020, against all odds, in the midst of a pandemic, we have proven that democracy works.… Arizona needs to work for everyone. That’s why I’m running. Let’s get the job done.”
Current Arizona Governor Doug Ducey – a Republican – is on a time limit. A handful of Republicans have said they are considering an offer and Kimberly Yee, the current state treasurer, has announced a race to succeed Ducey.
Hobbs was narrowly elected as Arizona Secretary of State in 2018. She previously served as a member of the Arizona Senate and House of Representatives.
The 2020 election was the culmination of sweeping political change in Arizona, marking the second time a Democratic presidential candidate has won the state in more than seven decades. The state that was once a Republican home, known to right-wing leaders like Barry Goldwater and John McCain, is now in the midst of a shift, propelled by a growing Latin American population, an increase in the number of new voters. States like California and Illinois and how suburban voters drastically broke with the Republican Party during Trump’s tenure in the White House.
For Democrats, the next few years in Arizona will focus on continuing the state’s left turn, a goal that will include increased outreach to Latin American communities and seek to further divide the Republican Party from its once suburban base.
Hobbs played a central role in this change, using his platform as Secretary of State to assure voters – and the nation that was closely watching the state – that the results in Arizona were fair and accurate, despite vocal complaints from Trump and other Republicans.
Her work has also recently positioned her at the center of Republican efforts to audit the count of the ballots in Maricopa County, a process that has drawn Republicans into a party struggle between those who want the audit and those who want the audit. county officials who call this a joke.
“What I think is so essential for everyone to understand – and I think they do because we’ve been talking about it for so long – it’s dangerous,” she told CNN’s Anderson Cooper at About the audit on Wednesday.
“This is not an audit; it does not meet any of the standards or best practices that you would see in a post-election audit and it will do nothing to determine the validity of the election results,” she said on “Anderson Cooper 360.” “All this is going to do is continue to undermine the integrity of our election and fuel the concerns of voters, which are unfounded because this election was free, fair and accurate.”
This story has been updated with additional comments from Hobbs.
CNN’s Caroline Kelly and Eric Bradner contributed to this report.