Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, a Democrat, announced Wednesday morning that she is running for governor in 2022.
Hobbs made the announcement in a video that touts her record as the state’s top elections official.
“I am running for Governor to deliver transparency, accountability, and results for Arizonans, just like I have done my whole career,” Hobbs said in a news release on Wednesday.
“Right now, our state government is being run by conspiracy theorists who are more focused on political posturing than getting things done, and that needs to change. As Governor, I will do what I have always done: put aside our differences and work to solve the serious problems facing Arizona.”
I’m running for Governor to deliver transparency, accountability, and results for Arizonans — just like I’ve done my whole career.
— Katie Hobbs (@katiehobbs) June 2, 2021
Hobbs previously served in both chambers of the Arizona Legislature.
Arizona State Treasurer Kimberly Yee and former Nogales Mayor Marco Lopez have also announced their intentions to run to be Arizona’s governor. On Tuesday, Kari Lake, a former news anchor in Phoenix, announced her candidacy.
Secretary Hobbs has become a vocal defender of the state’s 2020 election processes, frequently appearing on local and cable news programs, and a vocal critic of the Arizona State Senate’s audit, which continues at the Arizona State Fairgrounds.
She issued a scathing six-page letter detailing problems with the audit and has recommended that Maricopa County replace its voting machines and vote tabulators because of the lack of physical security and transparency around the process.
The candidates are seeking to replace Republican Gov. Doug Ducey, who can’t run in 2022 because of term limits.