Who is Katie Hobbs? What to know about Arizona’s gubernatorial candidate

Democratic voters in Arizona overwhelmingly chose Katie Hobbs, Arizona’s election official, as their gubernatorial candidate on Tuesday.

Hobbs has worked in politics for more than a decade and came to prominence defending Joe Biden’s 2020 presidential victory in Arizona. Here’s what you need to know if you’re getting into the race to replace Republican Gov. Doug Ducey.

Ducey has reached a two-term limit and can no longer run, meaning voters will choose the state’s next governor in November’s general election.

Who is Katie Hobbs?

Hobbs, 52, is Arizona’s secretary of state. His duties include overseeing elections and business registrations, as well as managing the State Library, which maintains the official history of the Grand Canyon State.

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Before being elected to state office in 2018, Hobbs served eight years in the state legislature. She was elected to a leadership position in the State Senate in 2014.

Hobbs is a first-generation Arizonan who grew up in a working-class family in Tempe. She has been married for 26 years⁠—her husband is a child therapist⁠—and they have two adult children, a 23-year-old son and a 20-year-old daughter.

She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work from Northern Arizona University and Arizona State University, respectively, and began her career in behavioral health and then contract management and lobbying work for the Sojourner Center, one of the nation’s largest domestic violence shelters.

Fun Facts: Hobbs is a twin and her twin sister is a schoolteacher. She is also a triathlete.

How did Katie Hobbs get into politics?

While working in social services, Hobbs felt that leaders at the time did not tackle government systems that left some people behind. In 2004, she attended Emerge, a political boot camp for Democratic candidates which she later helped run, which ended her skepticism and convinced her to run for office.

In 2008, she served as Hillary Clinton’s delegate when Clinton sought the Democratic nomination for president. Two years later, she won a seat in the state House of Representatives.

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Who is Katie Hobbs running against to become governor of Arizona?

Katie Hobbs, Democratic candidate for governor of Arizona, speaks to supporters on election night at the Crescent Ballroom in Phoenix on August 2, 2022.

Hobbs’ Republican opponent is not yet known due to a neck and neck game between two top opponents.

These women are Kari Lake, the former television presenter who lives in Phoenix, and Karrin Taylor Robson, a real estate developer and former member of the Arizona Board of Regents, who also lives in Phoenix.

While Taylor Robson had a lead among early voters, Lake jumped ahead as ballots cast on Election Day were counted. On Wednesday evening, about 12,000 votes separated the two GOP candidates.

What is Katie Hobbs’ take on the key issues?

Hobbs is an abortion rights advocate who has pledged to veto any legislation imposing restrictions on abortion access if elected.

Its economic policy includes programs to help working families, offering a child tax credit, expanding child care assistance, and waiving taxes on big-ticket items like diapers and infant formula.

In education, Hobbs supports universal pre-kindergarten and wants to raise teachers’ salaries. She proposed creating a refundable tax credit for students who pursue vocational and technical studies rather than college studies.

In addition to making a national name for herself championing Arizona’s 2020 election, Hobbs has pledged to veto any legislation that would make it harder to vote and believes the state should make it easier to vote by expanding the voting period. early voting, making Election Day a holiday and adding more funding for voter education and online registration.

Contact reporter Stacey Barchenger at [email protected] or 480-416-5669. Follow her on Twitter @sbarchenger.

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