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
Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s entrance into the Arizona Senate race has shaken up an already crowded field of competitors.
Jan. 18, 2018
Congresswoman Martha McSally Running For Senate
With the vintage fighter plane she would later climb into and fly into Phoenix as her backdrop, Southern Arizona Congresswoman Martha McSally announced Friday morning she is running for Sen. Jeff Flake’s seat.
Jan. 12, 2018
After teasing it for months, former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said he is running for U.S. Senate.
Jan. 10, 2018
The Takeaway: John Kasich On
Kasich remains critical of President Trump, saying he prefers to support a leader who unifies the country. But he hasn't ruled out supporting the president in 2020, should Trump run. Dec 19, 2017
Dec. 19, 2017
Is it possible to look at these special elections in the aggregate and take anything away that could be useful to think about heading into next year’s elections?
Dec. 15, 2017
The election of Alabama Democrat Doug Jones to the U.S Senate could bring even more attention and money to Arizona’s 2018 race to replace Republican Senator Jeff Flake.
Dec. 13, 2017
Current Arizona law requiring state lawmakers wanting to run for Congress to vacate their local seats before entering the race threatens to create a string of political vacancies.
Dec. 12, 2017
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has announced the dates for the upcoming special election to replace U.S. Rep.Trent Franks in Congress.
Dec. 11, 2017
Mitt Romney was one of the first high-profile members of the GOP to come out strongly against how then-candidate Trump was acting and treating others during last fall’s campaign.
Dec. 5, 2017
“We’re simply trying to give the voter the opportunity to make informed decisions and to know who is trying to influence their election,” said City Councilwoman Lauren Kuby, who helped craft the change and has worked on other election spending initiatives in Tempe.
Nov. 28, 2017
Republican Gov. Doug Ducey says he would prefer that the GOP was running someone other than Roy Moore to fill a vacant U.S. Senate seat in Alabama after seven women accused Moore of sexual misconduct. Some of the women were underage at the time.
Nov. 23, 2017
With U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake not running for re-election, the race to replace him — so far — has one well-known Republican: Kelli Ward. Depending on who else gets in, the Arizona GOP may see a divisive primary. Ward’s from Mohave County, perhaps the state’s most conservative area, where GOP activists are facing some internal divisions of their own.
Nov. 22, 2017
Arizona’s Clean Elections system has been under attack since it was approved by voters in 1998. It’s still alive, though some of its meatier provisions have been cut back.
Nov. 16, 2017
One year from the next general election in Arizona, a new poll shows some ominous signs for Republicans in the state.
Nov. 15, 2017
With 2018 midterms looming and the public still unsure about the safety of election equipment, two U.S. senators, Sens. Martin Heinrich of New Mexico and Susan Collins of Maine, have introduced legislation to boost the cyber defenses of state election systems, including an a feature where members of the public try and hack the system on their own.
Nov. 8, 2017
Hildale, one of the cities that is home to a polygamous sect on the Utah-Arizona border, just had a historic election. Unofficial election results Tuesday night showed for the first time ever, non-church members won all the available seats — and the town elected a woman as its mayor.
Nov. 8, 2017
Hildale, Utah is a tiny city across the border from Colorado City, Arizona. And the area is home to the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, or FLDS.
Nov. 7, 2017
Former Attorney General Terry Goddard is leading the effort to put the issue on the 2018 ballot.
Nov. 7, 2017
Kelli Ward has picked up the endorsement of Republican Sen. Rand Paul in her 2018 run for the U.S. Senate.
Nov. 1, 2017
According to the results of a new Republican ballot test, and with a little under a year left until primary election day, GOP voters are still uncertain about who they will be voting for.
Oct. 31, 2017