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.


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

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 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
The Takeaway: What To Watch For Today In California
Known as the "jungle primary," both party's ballots are open to all registered voters and the top two vote-getters, regardless of affiliation, will be featured on the general election ballot.
Jun. 5, 2018
Two Arizona brothers last month were charged with crimes including mail fraud conspiracy and wire fraud conspiracy.
Jun. 5, 2018
Now we’re going to check in with the Editorial Board of The Arizona Republic. It’s a regular segment where we talk about the big issues facing the state and the region featured in the newspaper’s Viewpoints section.
Jun. 4, 2018
Looking to run against Gov. Doug Ducey, fellow Republican gubernatorial hopeful Ken Bennett says, if elected, he would not appoint Cindy McCain to fill a vacancy in the event that Senator John McCain steps down or passes away.
Jun. 3, 2018
The Trump administration’s plan to add a question about citizenship status to the 2020 census has been met with multiple lawsuits, as reported previously on The Show.
Jun. 1, 2018
The group With Honor said it’s seen a huge increase in veterans running for Congress — both Republicans and Democrats.
Jun. 1, 2018
The deadline was Wednesday for Arizona Sen. John McCain to resign in time for a special election to fill his seat this November.
May. 31, 2018
Wednesday was was the deadline for candidates to file their petition signatures to qualify for the ballot in August’s primary. There are some familiar names on that list.
May. 31, 2018
Governor Doug Ducey will have a well-known opponent in the upcoming gubernatorial primary.
May. 31, 2018
High-level Arizona politicos and security officials huddled in downtown Phoenix this morning for a hearing on what are certain to be key issues in the upcoming midterm election: the opioid crisis and border security.
May. 30, 2018
A record number of women are running for U.S. Senate seats this year, six of them here in Arizona.
May. 30, 2018
Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton officially resigned his post at noon Tuesday to focus on a run for Congress.
May. 29, 2018
Discussing the week in news with Chuck Coughlin, president of HighGround, and Roy Herrera, an attorney and former congressional staffer.
May. 25, 2018