House Minority Leader Reginald Bolding (D) Phoenix-District 27 formally announced his candidacy for Arizona Secretary of State Monday.
Bolding will be running to replace Katie Hobbs, who has served as Arizona's Secretary of State since 2019, announced her run for governor earlier this month.
He was first elected to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2014.
“As Secretary of State, I want to make sure that elections are secure without interference from anyone. Arizonans have led the nation in voting from home in safe and secure ways and we can’t let a small group of partisan lawmakers take away our freedom to vote,” said Bolding. “Democrats and Republicans both agree we need to come back to common sense solutions to solve problems. Limiting democracy can’t be that solution. Democracy is the reason why someone like me has the right to vote, to become a first-generation college graduate, and serve in the highest level of government in our state.”
Five Republicans have announced their candidacy for Arizona Secretary of State. The field includes State Senator Michelle Ugenti-Rita from Scottsdale and State Representative Mark Finchem who represents parts of Pinal and Pima counties.
Former Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes, a Democrat, also announced his candidacy for Secretary of State last week. In a tweet, Fontes said he welcomed "Bolding's voice as a leader for the people in his district."
I welcome @reginaldbolding’s voice as a leader for the people in his district, and in support of our democratic values.— Adrian Fontes (@Adrian_Fontes) June 14, 2021
As a #USMC veteran, I appreciate the force multiplier in our statewide fight to #ProtectDemocracy
“From teaching students in the classroom, to legislative leadership, to the helm of one of the most successful non-profit organizations dedicated to civic engagement, I’ve spent my career serving Arizona,” Bolding said. “Standing up for voting rights and your access to the ballot isn't new to me. I've been on the front line fighting for our democracy for years and I look forward to continuing that work as Secretary of State.”
Today, I’m announcing my run to be your next Secretary of State. I’ve been on the front lines of fighting for our democracy for years and, with your support, I’m just getting started. Join our team: https://t.co/zgbSa7JBVU pic.twitter.com/s7viI3LVyp— Reginald Bolding (@reginaldbolding) June 14, 2021