What to know about who is running for Arizona governor

The race for Arizona governor is set: Democrat Katie Hobbs will Republican Kari Lake in what likely is one of the highest profile gubernatorial matchups in the US this November.

Election Day is Nov. 8, and early ballots will land in voters’ mailboxes about a month prior.

The Governor’s Office is the top elected position in Arizona. The governor leads the state’s executive branch, which implements laws and policies and oversees state agencies and departments. At the start of each year, the governor proposes a budget and during the legislative session signs or vetoes the myriad bills passed by lawmakers.

The governor appoints justices to the Arizona Supreme Court and other lower courts and chooses members of the Arizona Board of Regents.

Another power is the issuance of executive orders. That practice was common, and often controversial, during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Arizona Republic and azcentral.com will provide extensive coverage of the race, along with other elections in Arizona, throughout the campaign. Here’s what to about the candidates and the job they seek.

Race to November: 5 things to watch for in Arizona’s governor race

Katie Hobbs

Hobbs, 52, is Arizona’s secretary of state. Her job duties include overseeing elections and business registrations, as well as running the state library, which catalogs the official history of the Grand Canyon State.

Prior to election to the statewide office in 2018, Hobbs served for eight years in the state Legislature. She was elected to a leadership position in the state Senate in 2014.

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