The Next Arizona Governor Is…

For awhile, it looked like nearly the entire population of the state of Arizona was going to throw their hat in the ring to be the next governor of The Grand Canyon State. However, with the ballot qualifying deadline passed and as of June 13, 2014, the field is reduced to the following 10 names according to If we discover other names that need to be added to our list below, we will make updates as necessary.

Where possible, we have provided links to the candidate’s website and a few biographical notes if you would like to get to know them a little better before the primaries in August and the general election in November.

Once again this year, the Unofficial View will be contacting the candidates in this race with an email interview and posting the responses as we get them. We’re hoping to hear viewpoints from each one so you (and we) can make an informed voting decision.

Over the next few days, we will be drafting our list of questions to ask the candidates and will be posting that list here at the Unofficial View and on Facebook for review. We will also provide an opportunity for you, our readers, to submit your questions for consideration to be added to our list.

2014 Candidates for Governor of Arizona***
Name Party Bio Notes** Interview
Ken Bennett Republican Secretary of State, Former State Senate President, Former State Education Board Member, Former Prescott City Councilman Pending
Doug Ducey Republican State Treasurer, Businessman Pending
Fred DuVal Democrat State University Regent, Businessman, Former Clinton White House Aide, Former DNC Member Pending
Barry Hess II Libertarian Pending
Christine Jones Republican Attorney, Internet Executive Pending
John L. Mealer Americans Elect Businessman, Engineer Pending
Al Melvin Republican State Senator, Retired Navy Captain Pending
Frank Riggs Republican Businessman, Former California Congressman, Former Police Officer Pending
Scott Smith Republican Former Mesa Mayor, Businessman Pending
Andrew Thomas Republican Former Maricopa County Attorney Pending
Write-In Candidates
Curtis Woolsey Democrat Pending
J. Johnson Independent Regular Guy, Conventional & Natural Food Sales,
Former Small Business Owner

** We apologize in advance for any errors present in the biographical notes provided here and will be happy to edit/update that information per any candidate’s request.

*** Did we miss anybody? Though we strive for accuracy in our candidate list, we recognize the possibility that we may have missed someone. Please let us know in the comment section of any other candidates you know of that are running for Governor of Arizona in 2014.

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Candidate website links in foregoing citation are incorrect in a number of instances. The links provided by Unofficial View are correct as near as we can determine.