By Nick Worth
With the Nov. 4, 2014, general election just under a year away and only 263 days remaining until the primary election on Aug. 26, candidates are lining up for a run at the state offices coming up for election.
According to the campaign finance database on the website of the Arizona Secretary of State, as of Wednesday 33 people had filed reports indicating they have formed committees in order to run for offices ranging from governor to mine inspector.
According to Matthew Roberts, director of communications for the Secretary of State office, that’s the way it’s done in Arizona.
“In Arizona, you have to form a committee in order to run for any public office,” said Roberts.
All candidates have to provide financial reports, which are then entered into a database on the Secretary of State’s website.
On the legislative side, there are 150 hopefuls who have filed for 30 Senate seats and 60 House seats in the 2014 election.
The most hotly contested race at present is for the office of governor.
According to an update from the County Supervisors Association there were 12 hopefuls on Nov. 15. That number had dwindled to nine candidates as of Wednesday.
On the Republican side are Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett, former GoDaddy general counsel and executive vice president Christine N. Jones, District 26 Senator Al Melvin and former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew P. Thomas, who resigned his office in 2010 to run for governor and was subsequently disbarred in 2012 after an investigation into ethics violations committed while he was in the prosecutor’s office.
Democrats seeking the governor’s job are Ronald Martin Cavanaugh of Springerville, a Libertarian candidate for governor in 2010, and Fred Duval, the deputy director of Intergovernmental Affairs in the Clinton White House and a worker in the renewable energy sector in Arizona.
Chip Howard, a non-partisan conservative whose business is analytical laboratory services, and contract research and development for chemical companies, has filed, as has Diana Elizabeth Ramseys Rassmunson Kennedy, IV, an Independent candidate.
John Lewis Mealer of the Americans Elect party rounds out the candidate list for the governor’s office.
Treasurer Doug Ducey, a Republican, is exploring a run for the governor’s office, but so far has not filed for the race.
In the races for legislative District No. 6, incumbent Republican Senator Chester Crandall is the only one who has filed for the Senate race. Republican incumbents Brenda Barton and Robert J. Thorpe are the only candidates for the two District 6 House of Representatives seats.
In Congressional District No. 1, incumbent Ann Kirkpatrick, a Democrat, is facing challenges by three Republican hopefuls, State Representative Adam Kwasman, Springerville rancher and businessman Gary Kiehne, and State Representative Andy Tobin, Speaker of the Arizona House.
Five candidates are hoping to replace Bennett as Secretary of State, including Republicans Will Cardon, Justin Pierce, Michele Reagan and Jack W. Harper, and Democrat Chirstopher Campas.
Attorney General Tom Horne, a Republican, will seek re-election. He is being challenged by Repubican Mark Brnovich and Democrat Felicia Rotellini.
Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal, a Republican, has filed to run again for the post. He will be opposed by Republican Diane M. Douglas, and Democrats David Garcia and Sharon Thomas.
Jeff Dewit, Hugh Hallman Randall Pullen and Martic C. Sepulveda, all Republicans, have opted to run for state treasurer. So far there are no Democrats in the race.
The list of candidates is changing almo
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By Nick Worth