2016 may not be over quite yet, but positioning for 2018 has already started…


By Craig McDermott, crossposted from Random Musings

From the Arizona Republic, written by Laurie Roberts –

What is it with these politicians and their ambitions?

Last week, it was Kelli Ward announcing that she’s running once again for the U.S. Senate in 2018 – this time trying to knock off Sen. Jeff Flake.

Now comes Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, filing campaign papers to challenge Secretary of State Michele Reagan in 2018.

Stanton’s decision makes sense – even though it would be nice to get through 2016 before the angling begins for 2018.

Stanton, in a press release, says he’s not really running for secretary of state. He just needed to create a state campaign committee in order to transfer remaining funds from his city campaign committee before Nov. 4, when a new state law will bar him from doing so.

As mentioned in the article, Stanton may not run for secretary of state – the governor’s spot is also up for election in 2018.

Right now, Doug Ducey, the incumbent governor looks likely to run for and win reelection.  However, a lot can happen between now and the beginning of 2018.

Stanton (pic courtesy Phoenix.gov)

Not least of which is the election next week, which will impact who seeks what office in 2018.


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  1. In May, Doug Ducey had a 35% approval rating and a 41% disapproval rating. I don’t know why Laurie Roberts is so sure he’ll be re-elected. Two things he has going for him are Dark Money support and an R after his name, but I think his bait and switch education policies will do him in. Fingers crossed.

  2. I’m planning a run for the ACC in 2018, because Little and Forese have to go as soon as possible,. Given the lack of name recognition & money in my case, and the time needed to go out and do petitioning, is there a good reason not to start fairly early, at least in the sense of being legally allowed to start collecting signatures?

    Probably won’t officially start until the end of the month because I want to get through the current cycle & campaign, but there’s not a lot of reason *not* to start sooner rather than later, other than a few campaign finance reports.

  3. Stanton for Governor would be a great change in the right direction for the people of Arizona.

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