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Arizona Sen. Hobbs Running For Secretary Of State

Secretary of State Michele Reagan will have some competition in her effort to get re-elected next year. Democratic state Sen. Katie Hobbs has announced she’ll run, too.

After years in the Legislature, the Senate minority leader, who represents parts of midtown Phoenix and south Scottsdale, will try to make a jump to statewide office.

Hobbs says she’d like to restore confidence in the state’s elections and push back against what she calls Republican efforts to suppress the vote. She believes Reagan’s office has made some missteps, such as failing to distribute publicity pamphlets ahead of the 2016 special election.

“I think Arizonans wants a choice, and I’m offering them that choice. And I think that she’s vulnerable because of the missteps she’s made in office,” Hobbs said.

It’s possible Hobbs won’t be the only Democrat running. Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton opened a campaign committee to run for the office but hasn’t said definitively whether he’ll run. Hobbs says she will run, either way.

Will Stone grew up with the sounds of public radio. As a senior field correspondent, he strives to tell the same kind of powerful stories that got him into the business — whether that means trudging through some distant corner of the Sonoran Desert or uncovering an unknown injustice right down the street. Since joining the KJZZ newsroom in 2015, he has covered political scandals, fights over the future of energy, and efforts to care for some of Arizona’s most vulnerable communities. His pieces have also aired on national programs like Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Here & Now and Marketplace. Before coming to KJZZ, he reported for public radio stations in Nevada and Connecticut. Stone received his degree in English literature from Haverford College, where he also wrote about the arts and culture scene in Philadelphia. After graduating, he interned at NPR West in Culver City, California, where he learned from some of the network’s veteran reporters and editors. When he doesn’t have a mic in hand, Stone enjoys climbing mountains, running through his central Phoenix neighborhood and shamelessly promoting his cat, Barry.