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Challengers from both parties hope to unseat Republican incumbent Michele Reagan for Arizona Secretary of State.

So far, five opponents have begun campaigning and two others have identified themselves as possible candidates for the position. The office is first in line of succession for governor if the sitting governor leaves office.

Reagan, the incumbent, was elected to her first term as Secretary of State in 2014. Prior to running for Secretary of State, Reagan served in both the Arizona House of Representatives and the Arizona Senate. Prior to her elected service, Reagan owned a business.

Mark Robert Gordon, one of two Democrats who have announced for the seat, is an election and voting rights lawyer and political adviser. Gordon served as a delegate to the 2016 Democratic National Convention from Arizona.

Katie Hobbs, a Democrat, is a member of the Arizona State Senate. She served one term in the Arizona House of Representatives before running for Senate. Hobbs has a background as a social worker and is the executive director for Emerge Arizona, a political training program for Democratic women.

Kevin Gibbons, a Republican, is an immigration lawyer and holds real estate and mortgage loan originator licenses.

Steve Gaynor, a Republican, is president of the Phoenix Management Group, LLC, an investment firm, and is the owner of B&D Litho, Inc., a printing company. Gaynor has not held any public office or run for office before, according to an Arizona Republic story about him.

Lori Klein Corbin, a Republican, is the coordinator for the Western Conservative Conference, She is serving a four-year term as the GOP National Committeewoman from Arizona. She served one term in the Arizona Senate and was Arizona chairwoman for Arizona Women for Trump in 2016.

Steve Montenegro, a Republican, is an Arizona state senator who recently lost in the Republican primary for a special election to fill an open Congressional seat. Prior to the special election, he was campaigning for Secretary of State, but has not announced if he will resume that campaign.

Greg Stanton, a Democrat, is the mayor of Phoenix and has not formally announced a run for any office, but created a committee to run for Secretary of State in 2016. However, he may also be considering a run for U.S. Congress, to fill a seat that will be vacated by Kyrsten Sinema, who is running for U.S. Senate.

Five candidates in state treasurer race

Five candidates will vie for an empty seat for State Treasurer after Treasurer Jeff DeWit announced he would not seek reelection.

Mark Manoil, a Democrat, is a tax attorney and author of published work about how to profit from property tax liens.

Mark Cardenas, a Democrat, is a member of the Arizona House of Representatives in his third term. Cardenas is an Army veteran and worked as an accountant for the Department of Defense.

Tom Forese, a Republican, is a member of the Arizona Corporation Commission and previously served in the Arizona House of Representatives.

Jo Ann Sabbagh, a Republican, is a tax accountant from Tucson.

Kimberly Yee, a Republican, is Arizona Senate Majority Leader. Prior to serving in the Senate she served in the Arizona House of Representatives. She was a speaker at the 2016 Republican National Convention.

--Corina Vanek

Attorney General

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich is running for reelection to serve as the state’s top law enforcement officer. Just one challenger has entered the race: Democrat January Contreras, the founder of a legal nonprofit and a former assistant attorney general.

Elected in 2014, Brnovich has a range of high-profile cases to his name. He has challenged the Arizona Board of Regents on two fronts, first on whether it is complying with the constitutional mandate that in-state tuition be “as nearly free as possible” and second on the board’s contention that it can offer in-state tuition to DACA students. He has also been arguing for the state’s ability to deny driver's licenses to Dreamers and successfully defended the state’s voter -approved minimum wage hike. Brnovich has taken on state politicians as well, investigating former House Speaker David Gowan’s improper collection of state mileage reimbursements and Secretary of State Michele Reagan when her office failed to send ballot information to voters ontime during a May, 2016 special election.

Contreras founded the nonprofit Arizona Legal Women and Youth Services to provide legal assistance to children and young adults who have survived trauma, homelessness, and the foster care system. She was worked in the fraud and public corruption section of the office of the attorney general and also served as a policy adviser to former Gov. Janet Napolitano. Among her priorities are addressing the state’s opioid epidemic and combating human trafficking.

  --Emery Cowan


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