2022 Arizona Secretary Of State Race: The Candidates

By KJZZ News, Katherine Davis-Young
Published: Wednesday, July 7, 2021 - 12:52pm
Updated: Wednesday, July 7, 2021 - 3:31pm

Here are the candidates so far in the 2022 race for Arizona secretary of state.

Katie Hobbs, the current Arizona secretary of state, has declined seeking a second term in favor of running for governor.

Reginald Bolding

Reginald Bolding
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Reginald Bolding

Party: Democrat

Website: reginaldbolding.com

Democratic State Rep. Reginald Bolding announced his candidacy for Arizona secretary of state on June 14, 2021.

Bolding's campaign website highlights his upbringing in a single-parent household; he has not yet listed what prompted him to run.

Shawnna Bolick

Shawnna Bolick
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Shawnna Bolick

Party: Republican

Website: bolickforarizona.com

Republican State Rep. Shawnna Bolick announced her candidacy for Arizona secretary of state on June 21, 2021.

On her campaign website, she lists her priorities as securing elections, serving local businesses and de-politicizing the office.

Mark Finchem

Mark Finchem
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Mark Finchem

Party: Republican

Website: votefinchem.com

Republican State Rep. Mark Finchem announced his candidacy for Arizona secretary of state on March 31, 2021.

"Since my very first election, I knew something was very wrong with our elections process," Finchem said on his campaign website, before alleging voter fraud in the 2020 Presidential Election.

His campaign website lists his priorities as ballot integrity and election security.

Adrian Fontes

Adrian Fontes
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Adrian Fontes

Party: Democrat

Website: electfontes.com

Former Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes announced his candidacy for Arizona secretary of state on July 6, 2021; he announced preparation to run June 11, 2021 in a pre-campaign video.

"We're at a major crossroads in our nation and in our state. Arizona needs public officials who are going to be ready to do the job on Day One," Fontes said in the video.

In his announcement, Fontes said Democracy is under attack in the U.S. and said he would focus on free and fair elections in Arizona. 

Michelle Ugenti-Rita

Michelle Ugenti-Rita
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Michelle Ugenti-Rita

Party: Republican

Website: electmichelle.com

Republican State Sen. Michelle Ugenti-Rita announced her candidacy for Arizona secretary of state on May 26, 2021.

On her campaign website, she lists her priorities as protecting states' rights, holding election officials accountable and election security.

In a video, she emphasizes her goal of protecting and retaining election integrity.

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