Katie Hobbs, the Democratic party candidate for Arizona, is on the ballot for the 2022 US midterm elections that are scheduled on November 8. She is in the race against Republican Kari Lake.
There was a break-in at the office of Katie Hobbs earlier this week. A 36-year-old man, Daniel Mota Dos Reis, has been detained by the Phoenix Police Department in connection with the break-in. He has been charged with one count of third-degree burglary.
Katie Hobbs also contested the Arizona primaries on August 2, 2022 and won the Democratic nomination for the governor’s office. Securing more than 310,000 votes, Hobbs is advancing the November midterm elections.
Who is Katie Hobbs?
Katie Hobbs was born and raised in Arizona. She has had all of her political experience in the Grand Canyon State and has served in various offices — legislative, executive and administrative. Secretary of State Hobbs and her husband Pat Goodman live in Phoenix and have two kids, one dog and three cats.
Hobbs completed her graduation in 1992 from Northern Arizona University. She went on to pursue her master’s degree from Arizona State University in 1995. She pursued a qualification in Social Work in both colleges.
Prior to being elected to the legislature, she worked in the areas of domestic violence, behavioral health, and homelessness. According to her campaign website, Hobbs was the chief compliance officer for one of the largest domestic abuse shelters in the country.
Hobbs has worked in both branches of Arizona’s state legislature– the House of Representatives and the Senate. She was also the Arizona Senate minority leader before leaving her position to contest in the 2018 primary elections. She was successfully elected as the Secretary of State.
According to her campaign website, Katie Hobbs has also been presented with various awards and honours throughout her legislative and administrative career. These include being named Elected Official of the Year (2019), The AFL-CIO’s Emily’s list Defender of Democracy (2022), one of Arizona’s 48 Most Intriguing Women (2022).
As Arizona’s top elections official, Hobbs endeared herself to Democrats with an impassioned defense of the integrity of the 2020 election, a stance that has drawn death threats. However, she’s been weighed down by a discrimination case won by a Black policy adviser from Hobbs’ time in the Legislature.