Washington (CNN)Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs on Wednesday announced a campaign for governor, releasing a video in which she touts her role as a leading defender of the integrity of the 2020 election and pledges to help Arizona build back after the coronavirus pandemic.
Hobbs’ profile rose considerably in the wake of the 2020 election, when she made numerous media appearances — initially on the vote count in Arizona and later defending the state’s count against some of the baseless conspiracies from Republicans. Hobbs has lately been the chief critic of the so-called audit of Maricopa County ballots.
“There is real harm going on for many. And the other side isn’t offering policies to make our lives better, they are offering conspiracies that only make our lives worse,” Hobbs says in the video that features clips of her media appearances and addresses some of the threats she received because of her job. “We did our jobs. They refuse to do theirs. And there is a lot more work to be done. That is why I am running for governor.”
She adds: “In 2020, against all odds, in the middle of a pandemic, we proved that democracy works. … Arizona needs to work for all. That’s why I’m running. Let’s get the job done.”
Current Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey — a Republican — is term-limited. A handful of Republicans have said they are considering a bid and Kimberly Yee, the current state treasurer, has announced a run to succeed Ducey.
Hobbs was narrowly elected as Arizona’s 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 a political sea change in Arizona, marking just the second time a Democrat for president has won the state in more than seven decades. The state that was once a Republican hotbed, known for right-leaning leaders like Barry Goldwater and John McCain, is now in the midst of a shift, propelled by a growing Latino population, a surge in new vote
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