2018 Election Candidates

As Arizona heads toward August primary election, KJZZ’s The Show is inviting candidates in contested races to talk about why they’re running and some of the key issues in their contests. Check back for updates after the interview airs on The Show.


Ken Bennett Photo
Ken Bennett
Steve Farley Photo
Steve Farley
Kelly Fryer Photo
Kelly Fryer
David Garcia Photo
David Garcia

U.S. Senate

Deedra Abboud Photo
Deedra Abboud
Joe Arpaio Photo
Joe Arpaio
Kyrsten Sinema Photo
Kyrsten Sinema
Kelli Ward Photo
Kelli Ward

Secretary of State

Michele Reagan Photo
Michele Reagan

Superintendent Of Public Instruction

Jonathan GelbartPhoto
Jonathan Gelbart
Kathy Hoffman Photo
Kathy Hoffman
Frank Riggs Photo
Frank Riggs

8th Congressional District

Sandra Dowling Photo
Sandra Dowling
Debbie Lesko Photo
Debbie Lesko

9th Congressional District

Steve Ferrara Photo
Steve Ferrara
Dave Giles Photo
Dave Giles
A group of Gov. Doug Ducey supporters has ended a bid to knock a primary challenger off the ballot.
Jun. 25, 2018
David Garcia is the Democratic gubernatorial primary against State Sen. Steve Farley and Kelly Fryer. The winner will face either Gov. Doug Ducey or former Secretary of State Ken Bennett in November's general election.
Jun. 22, 2018
A new poll out this morning shows Congresswoman Martha McSally has opened up a double-digit lead in the race for the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate. But, a separate poll finds some potentially troubling news for Republicans heading into this fall’s midterm elections.
Jun. 20, 2018
A judge this Monday afternoon will hear arguments in a challenge to the residency of Ann Kirkpatrick, who’s running for the Democratic nomination in Southern Arizona’s 2nd Congressional District.
Jun. 18, 2018
A judge ruled Friday that Republican Don Shooter legally qualifies to run for the state Senate from Yuma. Shooter was ousted from the Arizona House after a sexual harassment investigation.
Jun. 15, 2018
Discussing the week in news with former legislative leader Chad Campbell, senior vice president at Strategies 360, and Jon Gabriel, editor in chief of Ricochet.com and a contributor to the Arizona Republic.
Jun. 15, 2018
More than 25 challenges to Arizona candidates’ petition signatures were filed before yesterday’s deadline in races for governor, legislature and Congress.
Jun. 14, 2018
A Republican lawmaker is being criticized for saying "there aren't enough white kids to go around" when discussing integration in schools at an event in northern Arizona.
Jun. 14, 2018
The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to uphold Ohio’s voter purge law has Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes conducting a voter reassurance campaign in Arizona’s most populated region.
Jun. 12, 2018
Early this year, at the Arizona State Capitol, we saw the #MeToo movement play out when state representative Don Shooter was expelled from the legislature by his fellow representatives for allegations of sexual misconduct.
Jun. 12, 2018
The Takeaway: Ranked Choice Voting Debuts In Maine Primaries
Today marks the first attempt of any American state to use ranked choice voting, as voters in Maine head to the polls today to pick Republican and Democratic primary candidates. But it could also be the last, as the voting method itself is up for referendum.
Jun. 12, 2018
A Democratic opponent of U.S. Congressional candidate Ann Kirkpatrick has asked the Maricopa County Superior Court to disqualify her from running in Arizona's District 2.
Jun. 12, 2018
The city of Phoenix has a new mayor. Though she’ll only be holding the position until election results determine former Mayor Greg Stanton’s longer-term successor, Thelda Williams takes the reins of the city for a third interim period, and she’ll serve at least until November.
Jun. 12, 2018
A total of 114 Democratic candidates have filed to run for the Arizona Legislature, topping the previous record of 101 in 2002. The final candidate list for the 2018 primaries will be released after Wednesday’s filing deadline.
Jun. 12, 2018
The deadline for Arizona candidates to send in nomination petitions was May 30, and now The Arizona Republic is reporting one candidate appears to have submitted dozens of forged signatures.
Jun. 11, 2018
A coalition of activist groups called One Arizona has a goal to register 200,000 Arizonans to cast ballots in November, and the recent settlement of a voter registration lawsuit will affect those efforts.
Jun. 7, 2018
The Takeaway: From Alabama To California — Breaking Down Tuesday
Voters in eight states, including New Jersey, California, and Montana, went to the polls on Tuesday to select the candidates for November's midterms. Since 2012, the electoral system in California has used a very unorthodox procedure called the "Jungle Primary."
Jun. 6, 2018
A consent decree related to voting in Arizona was officially announced this week. Secretary of State Michele Reagan has agreed to remove a series of hurdles that currently affect some who want to register to vote.
Jun. 6, 2018
Nineteen candidates are running for Navajo Nation president this election cycle, including three women, one of which identifies as transgender.
Jun. 6, 2018
The #RedForEd movement saw thousands of teachers march on the Arizona Capitol. Some of those teachers are keeping one foot in the political arena and one in the classroom by running for local office.
Jun. 5, 2018