As they campaign for higher office, three top elected officials in Arizona are keeping their public paycheck. . .

Stacey Barchenger | Arizona Republic

Three of Arizona’s top-ranking elected officials will continue to collect a taxpayer-funded paycheck as they campaign for higher office, saying they have no plans to resign their current posts.

Attorney General Mark Brnovich, Secretary of State Katie Hobbs and Treasurer Kimberly Yee will continue their day jobs, according to their campaigns and representatives.

While there is no legal requirement for them to resign, at least one other candidate has chosen to leave public office to focus on the campaign, and another opponent has turned Hobbs’ decision into a political talking point.

Brnovich, a Republican who is in his second and final term as Arizona’s top law enforcement officer, is challenging Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Kelly for his seat in 2022.

“General Brnovich’s fidelity to the rule of law is beyond reproach,” spokesperson Katie Conner said in a statement. “Arizonans can count on him to complete his second elected term as their attorney general.”

Both Hobbs, a Democrat, and Yee, a Republican, are hoping to replace Gov. Doug Ducey, a Republican who is term-limited and will leave office in early 2023. In the meantime, Hobbs plans to continue her work overseeing elections and business matters in Arizona, while Yee will manage the state’s finances and investments.


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October 2021