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Who's who in Arizona's 2022 governor race

A lot of announcements have already been made, and more are expected to drop as the election inches closer.

ARIZONA, USA — Editor's note: The above video aired during a previous broadcast.

Multiple people on both sides of the aisle have already announced their candidacy for Arizona's governor election in 2022.

Here's a rundown of who has thrown their hats into the race:

Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs (D)

The state's secretary of state made the announcement that she is running for state governor on June 2.

Hobbs, the state's top elections officer, has majorly been in the spotlight for the past few months as a critic of the Arizona Senate GOP's hand recount of Maricopa County's 2020 election ballots. She said the audit played a part in her decision to run for governor.

"I've had armed protesters outside of my house, and I'm not going to cave to those scare tactics," Hobbs said Wednesday.

She has also received law-enforcement protection twice in the past six months due to death threats she received.

"Our state is being led by a group of conspiracy theorists who are just out of touch with everyday Arizonans," Hobbs said. 

"Protecting survivors of domestic abuse, ending the backlog of untested rape kits, expanding Medicaid, protecting our seniors, and tackling the opioid epidemic head-on" are listed in her announcement video as career-high points for Hobbs during her time in the state legislature from 2010 to 2018.

The biography of Hobbs on the state's secretary of state website says she has a Bachelor of Social Work from Northern Arizona University and a Master of Social Work from Arizona State University.

The site also says she has been a professional social worker since 1992 and, prior to being elected to the legislature, she was working in the areas of domestic violence, behavioral health, and homelessness.

You can click here to visit Hobbs' website.

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Former Phoenix news anchor Kari Lake (R)

The former longtime TV news anchor announced her candidacy on June 1.

Lake officially filed a "statement of interest" to run in the Republican primary for Arizona governor. The statement of interest is a precursor to formally declaring a run for public office and usually results in candidacy.

A video released Tuesday features Lake describing why she left Fox 10 News. Lake says she became disillusioned with what she describes as an increasingly left-wing bias in the news media and she was particularly frustrated with the way her TV station covered the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lake has been a lightning rod for criticism over the years for comments she’s made on social media, specifically for endorsing or retweeting debunked conspiracy theories.

You can click here to visit Lake's website.

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Board of Regents member Karron Taylor Robson (R)

Arizona Board of Regents member Karrin Taylor Robson announced her campaign for governor on May 18.

Robson has been on the board, which oversees Arizona State University, University of Arizona, and Northern Arizona University, since June 2017. 

She is also the secretary of the board, chair of the Finance, Capital and Resources Committee, and member of the Audit Committee and Academic Affairs and Educational Attainment Committee, according to her bio on the board's website.

"I'm going to spend the next few months visiting your community and hearing from you about how we can stand together and fight the radical Biden-Harris agenda," Robson said in her announcement video.

You can click here to visit Robson's website.

Former Nogales Mayor Marco López Jr. (D)

Marco López Jr. was the first major candidate to join the race for Arizona governor on March 17.

Elected mayor of the city of Nogales at age 22, Lopez Jr. went on to serve former Gov. Janet Napolitano and in a top role for President Barack Obama's administration.

He says his campaign will focus on education, health care, and manufacturing jobs.

You can click here to visit Lopez's website.

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Former Congressman Matt Salmon (R)

 Former GOP Congressman Matt Salmon announced his bid for the 2022 Arizona governor race in May, 2021.

Salmon released an unlisted video on YouTube, titled "Proven Conservative Fighter," on June 15. The video touted Salmon's stance on multiple topics, such as:

  • "Being 100% pro-life"
  • "A-Rated by the NRA"
  • "Strong Borders"
  • "Arizona First Agenda"

The video continued with popular conservative talking points, with Salmon saying Washington D.C. is attacking "Arizona values."

The last time Salmon made national news coverage was when he told a local news station that having a gay son didn't change his opposition against gay marriage or his opinion on whether gay couples should be able to adopt children, according to the Washington Post.

This isn't the first time Salmon has run for governor in Arizona. He previously ran 19 years ago in the 2002 governor race, where he lost to Janet Napolitano.

You can click here to visit Salmon's website.

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Businessman Scott Neely (R)

Small business owner Scott Neely announced that he would be running for Arizona governor on Jan. 17, 2022.

Neely, who does not have a political background, instead focuses on his "dirt to boardroom" approach of representing Arizona, according to his website.

Neely says he intends to increase spending on Arizona school systems, oppose Critical Race Theory, and even personally help build the Arizona border wall with his own crews and funding.

You can click here to visit Neely's website.

Paola Tulliani-Zen (R)

>> Visit Paola Tulliani-Zen's website

Who has dropped out?

State Rep. Aaron Lieberman (D)

Arizona State Representative Aaron Lieberman suspended his campaign on May 27th.

In a statement, he said in part: 

"... it is clear to me that there’s just not a realistic path forward in this race this year, and I owe it to all the people who have so generously supported our campaign to be honest with them about what the path ahead would look like. Electing a Democratic governor and ensuring that Kari Lake gets nowhere near the governor’s office will be a top priority of mine over the next few months."

He originally announced his candidacy for governor on Twitter on une 29, 2021.

The campaign video posted on Lieberman's account focused on individuals close to him sharing compliments and his past accomplishments relating to job growth and education.

The announcement video didn't offer specifics on Lieberman's campaign goals, instead offering broad approaches to multiple fields.

"We gotta try new approaches to education, to healthcare, to ensuring that we have clean air and water and a booming economy that will help every Arizonan be successful," Lieberman said in the video.

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Businessman Steve Gaynor (R)

Businessman Steve Gaynor announced on April 29 that he's bowing out of the race for the Republican nomination for Arizona governor, saying he saw little hope of winning in the crowded field despite internal polling that showed he'd fare better against fewer competitors.

Gaynor said survey results showed he would be competitive in a head-to-head race with any of the three top Republicans seeking the nomination. In a three-way race, he said his polling showed a reasonable chance of winning, but little if any hope in a four-way race.

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State Treasurer Kimberly Yee (R) 

State Treasurer Kimberly Yee announced on Jan. 15 that she was dropping out of Arizona’s crowded race for the Republican nomination for governor and will instead run for re-election to her current position.

Yee did not explain her reasoning except to say that “there is additional work to be done” as treasurer.

The former state senator made it clear she is a Trump Republican during her campaign announcement, advocating for business growth and border security. Yee also praises Trump in the video and condemns what she calls “the corrupt press.”

Since the election, Yee remains the highest-ranking state official not to publicly accept the presidential election’s outcome. For six months, Yee has declined to respond to interviews on-camera or in writing about the election.

Yee has served as the state's treasurer since 2018 and served as the state's senate majority leader from 2017 to 2019. Yee is the first Asian American elected to a statewide office in Arizona’s history and the first Chinese American Republican woman to win a major statewide office in the history of the United States.

She is currently the leader of both the Arizona Board of Investment and State Loan Commission and the state's Financial Literacy Task Force. Yee is also a member of the State Land Selection Board.

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