List of Arizona Governors

Arizona was the last contiguous state to be admitted to the union in 1912. Before then it was known as Arizona territory for 49 years after being formed from the New Mexico Territory. Here is a complete list of those that have held the Arizona Governor’s office since 1912.

Doulas Ducey (2015-Date)

Popularly known as Doug Ducey, he is the 23rd governor of the state of Arizona and assumed office in January 2015. He was the former executive officer of Cold Stone Creamery before he together with his partner sold the business. He had also served as the state’s treasurer before running for governor.

Jan Brewer (2009-2015)

Born Janice Kay Brewer in 1944, she was the 22nd governor of Arizona. Jan was an author and was the fourth woman to hold the Arizona governor’s office. Prior to her election, she was the state’s secretary succeeding Janet Napolitano.

Janet Napolitano (2003-2009)

The former attorney general of Arizona is also a well known lawyer and administrator. She was the 21st governor of Arizona and resigned when she became the United States Secretary of Homeland Security. She is currently the president of the University of California system.

Jane Dee Hull (1997-2003)

She is the oldest living former governor of Arizona. She was an educator before assuming the governor’s office in 1997 after her predecessor Fife Symington resigned from office. She was then elected and remained governor for the full term till 2003. She was the first woman to be elected to the office in Arizona.

Fife Symington (1991-1997)

Born in the year 1945, Symington is an American businessman and former politician. He served in the air force before being elected to office. The 19th governor of Arizona was elected to serve two terms but resigned in 1997 following charges of bank fraud and extortion. read more

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Why is Arizona a Republican State?

The state of Arizona has always been almost a battleground state but never really became one. The Maricopa County, carrying most of the votes has always voted republican but is not dominantly republican, the rest of the counties are also split between democrats, republicans and independents. Despite all these factors however, the state still leans towards republican. We take a look at why.

Maricopa County

This county carries more than 60% of Arizona’s electorate implying that the candidate that carries Maricopa almost always wins in Arizona. To get this into perspective, The County has voted for a republican president every single election year since 1952. However, what makes matter more confusing is the fact that the current mayor of Phoenix is a democrat. Needless to say, the county is home to Phoenix which is the country’s fourth most populous city. The numbers there really do speak for themselves.

Election patterns

A brief look at the election history of Arizona shows a bias towards republican as compared to democrats. The governors and presidential candidates have always been favored when on the republican side. In Obama against Romney for example, the latter was a strong favorite to carry Arizona meaning that the state is not a true competitive state yet perhaps due to the voting patterns of certain groups. When democrats win in Arizona, it’s usually by a very small margin as was the case with the victories of Bill Clinton, George W Bush and Harry Truman in 1948.

The suburbs in major cities

The largest city in Arizona (Phoenix) skews towards democrats. However, the surrounding suburbs such as Mesa, Chandler and Scottsdale are known to be strongly republican. This is in addition to the significantly large Mormon community in the region known as the East Valley. Add this to the dominance of the republicans in the South Eastern and Western regions and the entire state seems to lean towards republican. read more

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10 Powerful Tips for Running for Office

Running for office especially for the first time can be quite the uphill task. Many citizens believe that given a chance, they would do a much better job than the person currently holding office. This is at times true and at times not. However, true or not, there are several things a person seeking to challenge an incumbent should consider before and when doing so. Let us take a look at the ten most important considerations;

A reason and a theme

You will need a very clear and precise reason why you are running for office and from this a theme for your campaign. Most candidates simply feel that they would be much better suited to hold the particular office due to their experience, views, affiliations or other factors. However, this is often not enough to oust an incumbent (90% of whom get re-elected). You must define the motivation to lure voters to your side. From your reason, you will then have a theme which is basically the main message that your campaign will be communicating to the people.

Running for the right office

This one couldn’t be said any louder. Choosing the right office to run office simply means being on the right race and not one that might turn out too big for you. The questions you will need to ask include; who will be your competitors? How popular is the incumbent? How well known in the entire geographical region you are running for? How much money will you require to run for the office? Answering these questions gives you the right perspective on your candidacy.

Delegate duties

First time runners for office have a deep-set fear that something will go wrong with a certain part of their campaign. This makes the candidates feel like they need to have a say on pretty much every aspect of the campaign. However, this often makes matters worse since they end up being bad at all the decisions. Ensure that you choose a campaign team composed of people you can fully trust and you would then be left with only the main activities of the campaign, raising funds and engaging with the voters. read more

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