2 Republican hopefuls announce offers for Arizona governor
PHOENIX (AP) – State Treasurer Kimberly Yee became the first major Republican to run for Arizona governor on Monday, followed hours later by GOP developer Karrin Taylor Robson.
Yee announced his plans on social media video. She presents herself as the descendant of immigrants who opened a grocery store in the 1930s and praises the border and economic policies of former President Donald Trump. She is committed to fighting border security and opposing socialist policies, which she says have damaged the California, where she lived.
“Our way of life is under attack by the corrupt press, reckless business leaders and politicians who push socialist ideals over people, our freedom of speech and our elections,” Yee says in the video.
Robson, who sits on the Arizona board of directors, also appointed her video ad, although it was less heavy on politics and personal history. She said she was a longtime conservative Republican.
“In just a few short months we have seen the direction Joe Biden and Kamala Harris want this country to take, and as Arizonans we need to fight back,” Robson said. “We will fight for Arizona values” and have promised to “fight the” radical Biden-Harris agenda. ”
The two are looking to win the GOP primary next year. Republican Gov. Doug Ducey cannot run for a third term.
Yee’s video focused heavily on national issues and numbers, showing footage of Democratic politicians unpopular with Republicans, including Biden, House of Commons Speaker Nancy Pelosi, U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, and governments. Gavin Newsom from California and Andrew Cuomo from New York.
As treasurer, Yee oversees more than $ 20 billion in public investments. She was previously a lawmaker representing parts of the western suburbs of Phoenix and an advisor to former treasurer Dean Martin.
Robson has spent years as a developer and is the founder and president of AZ Strategies, a Phoenix-based land use strategy company. A lawyer by training who has worked in land use planning, development and zoning law, she later served as executive vice president of community developer DMB Associates in Scottsdale.
Robson has been a member of the Board of Regents, which oversees Arizona’s three public universities, since 2017.