Yee scoops up another local endorsement in run for governor

EAC president Todd Haynie, right, looks on as state Treasurer Kimberly Yee gives the commencement address at EAC's 2021 graduation ceremony. - Chaz Ornelas, Monique Saldana Photo/EAC

PHOENIX — The leading candidates for governor are touting their local endorsements.

Current state Treasurer Kimberly Yee recently announced that Graham County Supervisor John Howard has endorsed her election as governor in 2022. He joins fellow Supervisor Danny Smith, Graham County Attorney L. Scott Bennett and Treasurer Mary Bingham, Safford Mayor Jason Kouts and Safford Councilman Mike Andazola, all of whom previously endorsed the Republican Yee.

Former Republican Congressman Matt Salmon lists former Graham County Sheriff Richard Mack and state Rep. Becky Nutt among his endorsers. Also on the list of endorsers is rock star Ted Nugent.

Former TV presenter Kari Lake, the other prominent Republican running for governor, does not list endorsements on her website; however, it was reported last summer that she received the endorsement of former President Donald Trump.

The leading Democrat running for governor, current Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, does not list endorsements on her website.

Current Gov. Doug Ducey is prevented from seeking re-election due to term limits. He has not yet announced any election plans for 2022.