Ahead of the Arizona primary election on August 28, 2018, we outline the numbers and proportions of women who have filed as candidates for congressional and statewide office. The data below also provide points of historical comparison to give context to today’s presence and potential success of women candidates.
All data are provided from the Center for American Women and Politics, Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University. For a full list of the women candidates in Arizona primary races for congressional and statewide offices, see CAWP’s Election Watch page.
Current: 3 (1D, 2R) of 11 members of the Arizona congressional delegation (27.3%)
Filed: 20 (11D, 9R)
Percent of all Filed Congressional Candidates (D/R): 46.5% (20 of 43)
Current: 0 of 2 senators
- No woman has ever served in the U.S. Senate from Arizona.
Filed: 4 (2D, 2R)
- In the open seat contest for the U.S. Senate, 2 Democratic women and 2 Republican women are competing for their party nominations.
- The Democratic nomination contest is all-female.
- Two of Arizona’s three women members of the U.S. House – incumbents Martha McSally (R) and Kyrsten Sinema (D) – are running for the U.S. Senate, leaving their House seats open.
Percent of all Filed Senate Candidates (D/R): 80% (4 of 5)
Percent of all Filed Democratic Senate Candidates: 100% (2 of 2)
Percent of all Filed Republican Senate Candidates: 66.7% (2 of 3)
Current: 3 of 9 representatives (33.3%)
- Current Representative Debbie Lesko (R), who was sworn in after winning a special election in 2018, is running for her first full term this year.
- Incumbent Representatives Martha McSally (R) and Kyrsten Sinema (D) are not running for re-election to the U.S. House; both women are competing for Arizona’s open U.S. Senate seat.
Filed: 16 (9D, 7R)
- Incumbent Representative Debbie Lesko (R) is running for re-election this year. She is being challenged in the primary by another Republican woman candidate.
- 5 (3D, 2R) women are running in open seat contests, including 4 (3D, 1R) women candidates in Arizona’s 2nd congressional district.
- 10 (6D, 4R) women are running as challengers, including 2 (1D, 1R) women candidates who are challenging incumbent members of their own party in the primary and 8 (5D, 3R) women candidates who are seeking to challenge incumbents of the opposing party this fall.
* Of the 16 women candidates for the U.S. House in Arizona, 7 (4D, 3R) are women of color. 4 (2D, 2R) women candidates identify as Latina; 2 (2D) women candidates identify as Asian/Pacific Islander; and 1 (1R) woman candidate identifies as multi-racial. No woman of color has ever served in Congress from Arizona.
Districts with Women Candidates: 9 of 9
Percent of all Filed House Candidates (D/R): 42.1% (16 of 38)
Percent of all Filed Democratic House Candidates: 45% (9 of 20)
Percent of all Filed Republican House Candidates: 38.9% (7 of 18)
Recent history: The number of women who filed for major party candidacy for the U.S. House in Arizona in 2018 is greater than any other year between 2008 and 2018.
- This year marks the highest number of Democratic women running for the U.S. House in Arizona between 2008 and 2018, and matches the high point for Republican women candidates in the same period.
4 (2D, 2R) women have served as governor of Arizona.
Filed: 1 (1D)
- Kelly Fryer is running for the Democratic nomination to challenge incumbent Governor Doug Ducey (R) in the general election.
Percent of all Filed Gubernatorial Candidates (D/R): 20% (1 of 5)
Percent of all Filed Democratic House Candidates: 33.3% (1 of 3)
Percent of all Filed Republican House Candidates: 0% (0 of 2)
OTHER STATEWIDE ELECTED EXECUTIVE OFFICES
Current: 2 (2R) of 10 positions (excludes governor) (20%)
- Secretary of State Michele Reagan (R) and Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas (R) are both running for re-election this year.
Filed: 10 (5D, 5R)
- Secretary of State Michele Reagan (R) and Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas (R) are both running for re-election this year. Douglas has one female challenger in her primary bid for re-election.
- 2 (2R) women are running for the Republican nomination for the open state treasurer post. They are the only Republican candidates in the race, ensuring that a woman will be the Republican nominee for state treasurer this year.
- 5 (5D) women are seeking nominations to challenge incumbents in the general election for attorney general (1), secretary of state (1), superintendent of public instruction (1), and corporation commissioner (2).
- Democratic women candidates for secretary of state (Katie Hobbs) and attorney general (January Contreras) are running unopposed in the primary.
* Of the 10 women candidates for statewide elected executive offices (other than governor) in Arizona, 4 (3D, 1R) are women of color. Republican candidate treasurer Kimberly Yee is Asian-American. Democratic candidate for attorney general January Contreras identifies as Latina. Both Democratic women candidates for corporation commissioner – Sandra Kennedy and Kiana Sears – identify as Black. To date, just one woman of color – Sandra Kennedy – has ever served in statewide elected executive office in Arizona.
Percent of all Filed Statewide Executive (other than governor) Candidates (D/R): 40% (10 of 25)
Percent of all Filed Democratic Statewide Executive (other than governor) Candidates: 55.6% (5 of 9)
Percent of all Filed Republican Statewide Executive (other than governor) Candidates: 31.3% (5 of 16)