Kari Lake v. Katie Hobbs: Who will be Arizona's next governor?

Original Arizona state Capitol building in Phoenix, Arizona.
Original Arizona state Capitol building in Phoenix, Arizona.

Arizona voters have a major decision to make this November: Who will they pick to lead the state?

After eight years, Gov. Doug Ducey, a Republican, is term-limited out of office. Democrat Katie Hobbs, the secretary of state, and Republican Kari Lake, a former TV news anchor, are vying for Arizona's top job.

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.

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Who is 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 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.

Gubernatorial candidate Katie Hobbs speaks as the Arizona Democratic Party hosts a Unity Rally with statewide candidates to energize Democratic voters and volunteers ahead of the November election at Carpenters Union Hall on Aug. 27, 2022.
Gubernatorial candidate Katie Hobbs speaks as the Arizona Democratic Party hosts a Unity Rally with statewide candidates to energize Democratic voters and volunteers ahead of the November election at Carpenters Union Hall on Aug. 27, 2022.

Who is Kari Lake?

Lake, 53, worked at Phoenix's Fox 10 News for 22 years before ending her career in early 2021, with most of that time anchoring the nightly news alongside John Hook.

Before joining Fox 10, she briefly worked in Albany, New York. A native of Iowa, she was the youngest of nine children and daughter of a public school teacher.

Kari Lake, Republican candidate for governor of Arizona, holds a news conference at her campaign headquarters in Phoenix, Ariz. on Aug. 3, 2022.
Kari Lake, Republican candidate for governor of Arizona, holds a news conference at her campaign headquarters in Phoenix, Ariz. on Aug. 3, 2022.

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