Another Republican jumps in: Karrin Taylor Robson announces bid for Arizona governor
Karrin Taylor Robson, a developer and member of the Arizona Board of Regents, announced Monday that she is running for governor in 2022.
Joining the race to succeed Gov. Doug Ducey after his second term ends, Taylor Robson launched her campaign by touting herself a "lifelong conservative Republican" who would be an opponent of the new president.
"In just a few months, we've seen the direction Joe Biden and Kamala Harris want to take this country, and as Arizonans we need to fight back," she said in a video released Monday afternoon.
The announcement was something of a soft launch — a video, a new website but no big speech or blitz of television appearances. The campaign did not make her available for an interview. Instead, Taylor Robson said in the video she would spend the next several months traveling the state and her campaign indicated it would have a more formal announcement later.
Taylor Robson's entrance into the race is not necessarily a surprise, as she was mentioned as a possible candidate for months or possible nominee for U.S. Senate.
A Mesa native, she is founder and president of Arizona Strategies, a land-use strategy firm. She was previously executive vice president of DMB Associates, a Scottsdale company that developed master-planned communities. She also worked as an attorney at the firm Biskind, Hunt & Taylor, P.L.C., focusing on land use, zoning and development.
In 2017, Ducey appointed Taylor Robson to the Board of Regents, which oversees the state’s public university system.
Taylor Robson has a bachelor's degree and juris doctorate from Arizona State University. She also has roots in Arizona politics. Her father, Carl Kunasek, was president of the state Senate and a member of the Arizona Corporation Commission. Her brother, Andy Kunasek, was a longtime member of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors and is now a principal at Arizona Strategies.
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She formally joined the race for governor just hours after state Treasurer Kimberly Yee also launched her campaign, kicking the 2022 gubernatorial race into high gear.
Both Yee and Taylor Robson focused on national politics in launching their statewide races, setting a tone for the Republican primary in August 2022. But the race is expected to get more crowded.
On the Republican side, possible additional candidates include former congressman Matt Salmon, former Ducey chief of staff Kirk Adams and Maricopa County Supervisor Steve Chucri.
While Attorney General Mark Brnovich has long been considered a possible contender, he seems to have changed his focus to the race for U.S. Senate to challenge Sen. Mark Kelly, a Democrat.
Yee and Taylor Robson join former Nogales Mayor Marco López, a Democrat, in the race for governor. He launched his campaign in March.
Aside from López, possible Democratic candidates include Secretary of State Katie Hobbs and U.S. Rep. Greg Stanton.
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