Republican challenges to the 2020 election results in Arizona propelled Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs to national prominence. Now, she is using that platform as a launching pad to seek the governor’s office in 2022.
“I am running for Governor to deliver transparency, accountability, and results for Arizonans, just like I have done my whole career,” Hobbs said in an announcement 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.”
Hobbs became a frequent presence on cable news in the weeks following Election Day in 2020, delivering updates on ballot count totals and outstanding votes while disputing former President Donald Trump’s claims of election fraud.
Her campaign announcement launch video included numerous clips of cable news personalities mentioning her name and her own appearances on television.
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
“We did our job. They refuse to do theirs,” Hobbs said of Republicans.
Hobbs is a prominent critic of the Arizona Republican-led Senate audit of the 2020 election in Phoenix-area Maricopa County. Last month, she wrote a letter listing her concerns about the audit, saying that the procedures “are vague and insufficient to ensure accuracy and consistency” and that observers from her office witnessed “inadequate physical security of ballots.”
She also said that the Maricopa County voting machines being examined by the Republican-hired firm conducting the audit will need to be decertified if and when they are returned to the county because election officials cannot be sure what was done to the machines.
Republicans, in turn, targeted Hobbs, proposing in recent weeks to limit the powers of the secretary of state by putting Republican Attorney General Mark Brnovich in charge of defending all lawsuits through the end of their current terms.
In November, Hobbs came under fire for previous tweets that said Trump is “on the side of the freaking Nazis” and that he had a “neo-Nazi base.”
Current Republican Gov. Doug Ducey is in his second term and is restricted from seeking a third consecutive term.
Prior to becoming secretary of state in 2019, Hobbs was the minority leader in the Arizona State Senate. She has a master’s degree in social work from Arizona State University.
Original Author: Emily Brooks