Phoenix, AZ, United States (4E) – Arizona State Treasurer Doug Ducey beat five rivals and two write-in candidates to win the Republican primary for state governor on Tuesday.
The nomination sets Ducey to a November election faceoff with Democrat Fred DuVal, who won his party’s nomination unopposed.
Ducey, the former chief executive officer of Coldstone Creamery, won the crowded primary that included Secretary of State Ken Bennett, former California Congressman Frank Riggs, former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas, former Go Daddy executive Christine Jones, Scottsdale resident Mike Aloisi and Camp Verde resident Alice Lukasik.
In his victory announcement at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix Tuesday night, Ducey promised to a crowd of supporters he will kick start the state economy will be his priority “so that hard work is rewarded and everyone who wants a job can find a job.”
Ducey also promised to improve K-12 education by making the best practices of the best schools the standard all across this state; curb federal government meddling; secure border;o protect the health, privacy and freedom of Arizonans; uphold constitutional rights; safeguard citizens and the vulnerable; and make Arizona the safest state in the nation for children.
DuVal has a similar platform as Ducey.
The winner in the gubernatorial election in November will succeed incumbent Gov. Jan Brewer, who took over the post from Janet Napolitano when the latter resigned after being selected as Secretary of Homeland Security.