The Arizona State Treasurer’s Office is responsible for the banking and investment management functions for the state and for managing its permanent land endowment.
The office records the receipt and disbursement of all state money to state agencies, local governments and public schools, according to the office. It invests public funds and also provides investment services to local communities.
Kimberly Yee, the current treasurer, has announced that she is running for governor, leaving the treasurer position open to someone new in 2022.
Here are the candidates:
Democratic candidates for treasurer position
Martín Quezada has served in the state Senate since 2015 and his term expires in January 2023. He is currently the only Democrat to run for Arizona’s treasurer.
Quezada’s campaign website says he is running for Arizona’s treasurer for universal health care, strong public education, and affordable housing. He wants to ensure that these values are “represented when managing and investing taxpayers’ money.”
Before serving in the State Senate, he was elected to the House of Representatives in 2012. With his experience in legislation, he “fought for the expansion of medicare, worked to protect benefits of state employees and has been a staunch defender of workers’ rights ”. according to his campaign site.
Quezada worked as a lawyer and interned with Judge Patricia Orozco at the Arizona Court of Appeals from 2008 to 2009. Quezada has been a member of the Pendergast Primary School District Board of Directors since 2010.
Republican candidates for treasurer
State Senator David Livingston was elected in 2018. As a former financial advisor, franchise owner and representative, he is now running for Arizona treasurer.
Livingston “views work as maximizing returns for the benefit of taxpayers and schools,” Campaign spokesperson Constantin Querard told The Arizona Republic in July.
Livingston’s campaign website says it has helped “pass historic tax cuts, write truly balanced budgets that have recharged our Rainy-Day Fund, supported teachers and first responders, and help to stimulate our economy towards fantastic growth ”.
Livingston was elected to the House, representing District 22, in 2012. He served as majority whip of the Republican caucus after his re-election in 2014. Between 1992 and 2012, Livingston worked as a financial advisor and owner of a franchise in ‘Ameriprise Financial. , a financial planning company.
Jeff Weninger is currently the Chandler State Representative.
On Weninger’s campaign website, he says he has “worked with my colleagues to cut taxes and put more of your hard-earned taxes back into your pocket.” The policies they worked on allowed him and his fellow lawmakers to “increase law enforcement salaries, invest in infrastructure and fund our classrooms to record levels.” .
Weninger states on his website that he is “committed to providing innovation and transparency to the office that manages state finances and to bringing conservative values to the office.”
Weninger was elected in 2014. Prior to serving in the House of Representatives, he was a member of Chandler City Council.