PHOENIX, Ariz. (AP) — State Treasurer Kimberly Yee announced on Saturday that she is dropping out of Arizona’s crowded race for the Republican gubernatorial nomination and will instead run for re-election in his current position.
Yee announced her decision in a statement that didn’t explain her reasoning except to say that “there is extra work to do” as treasurer.
Other prominent Republicans in the race to replace incumbent Republican Doug Ducey, whose term is limited, include former congressman Matt Salmon, former television news anchor Kari Lake, developer Karrin Taylor Robson and businessman Steve Gaynor.
Lake, a political newcomer who quit her television job in March, was approved by former President Donald Trump.
Katie Hobbs Hobbs, first-term secretary of state, is the best-known Democrat running for governor. She faces former state Rep. Aaron Lieberman and former Nogales mayor Marco Lopez in the Democratic primary.
Arizona was a longtime Republican stronghold that leaned toward the center, electing US Democratic senses Kyrsten Sinema and Mark Kelly and backing Democrat Joe Biden for president in the past two election cycles.
As treasurer, Yee oversees state investments. She was previously a legislator representing parts of the western suburbs of Phoenix and an adviser to former Treasurer Dean Martin.
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