Curtis Woolsey

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Curtis Woolsey
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Candidate for
Governor of Arizona
PartyUnaffiliated (Write-in)
Elections and appointments
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolChristian Academy of Guatemala
Bachelor'sLouisiana State University
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Navy
Years of service4 years
Personal
BirthdayMarch 15, 1966
Place of birthTucson, Arizona
ProfessionRetail associate
ReligionChristian
Websites
Personal website
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Curtis Woolsey (b. March 15, 1966, in Tucson, AZ) is an unaffiliated write-in candidate for Governor of Arizona in the 2014 elections.[1][2]

Biography

Woolsey was born in Tucson, Arizona. As the son of Christian missionaries, he grew up in Arizona, Peru, Ecuador and Guatemala.[3]

In 1989, Woolsey earned his B.A. in Spanish from Louisiana State University. Upon graduation, he worked as a Spanish teacher until joining the United States Navy in 1998. Following his discharge from the Navy in 2002, Woolsey has worked as a bilingual teaching assistant and a janitor.[3] He currently works as a retail associate at Marshalls.[4]

Elections

2014

See also: Arizona Gubernatorial election, 2014

Woolsey is running for Governor of Arizona as a write-in candidate. He originally entered the race as a Democratic candidate, but opted to run without a party designation.[5] [6][1] The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

Race background

Incumbent Jan Brewer (R) is term-limited from seeking re-election, leaving the seat open for the 2014 electoral cycle. The race has been rated "Likely R" by The Cook Political Report, meaning Brewer is likely to give over the office to another Republican.[7] Meanwhile, Governing rated the upcoming general election between major party nominees Doug Ducey (R) and Fred DuVal (D) as a "Toss-up."[8]

Brewer was originally appointed to the position in 2009 and was elected once in 2010. Arizona's term limit laws preclude any individual who has occupied the governor's office during two consecutive terms from running for re-election. Brewer and some of her supporters asserted that the law does not adequately account for the conditions of Brewer's incomplete first term. Hints that Brewer would pursue an exemption from the term-limit law or otherwise attempt to circumvent the eligibility restriction began in November 2012 and persisted until March 2014. A crowded field of Republican hopefuls rushed into the race to replace Brewer as Arizona's chief executive official before the first filing window closed in May. Former Arizona Board of Regents President Fred DuVal earned an automatic pass to the general election as the sole Democratic Party entrant.

The hotly contested GOP primary attracted several big names from government and the private sector, such as outgoing Arizona State Treasurer Doug Ducey, Secretary of State Ken Bennett, Mesa mayor Scott Smith and former GoDaddy.com executive vice president Christine Jones. Ducey looked to be the front-runner in the months leading up to the primary, owing to a consistent polling lead and strong name recognition, although Smith and Jones were close on his tail. After Ducey won the Republican primary on August 26, 2014, defeated challengers Thomas and Riggs immediately endorsed Ducey. Bennett, Smith and Jones, however, in an act of defiance against post-primary custom, all declined to give the nominee their automatic support. The trio of former candidates also skipped the Arizona Republican Party "unity breakfast" held the morning after election day. Explaining their reticence to the Arizona Republic the day after Ducey's primary victory, the recently eliminated contenders cited some unspecified "issues" with some of Ducey's stances and their lingering skepticism over Ducey's account of his role in a legal dispute stemming from the 2007 sale of Cold Stone Creamery.[9] In the subsequent weeks, all three came around to backing Ducey for the general election.[10]

With all eyes trained on the GOP contest in the final stretch of the primary campaign season, the number of minor-party and unaffiliated contenders who qualified or were in the process of qualifying for placement on the November 4 ballot swelled to 17. After the primary, Ducey joined DuVal and this diverse group of third party, unaffiliated and write-in candidates in the general election fight to fill the open governor's seat.[11][12]

Campaign themes

Woolsey submitted the following statement to Ballotpedia:[13]

On February 15, 2014, I was led by the Holy Spirit to run for Governor of Arizona. On March 7, 2014, the Secretary of State of Arizona accepted the statement of organization for my political committee, 'Arizona for Woolsey for Governor,' commencing my candidacy for Governor of Arizona. By the time my period as leader of Arizona ends, pre-birth killing (abortion), court-ordered medicine, the forbidding of preaching Jesus Christ and the forbidding of Bibles in public schools will be legally ended, or there will be no God in heaven and I will take full responsibility for these restraints on life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness remaining.[14]

—Curtis Woolsey, [15]

Polls

General election
Ducey vs. DuVal vs. Hess

Arizona Governor - General election match-ups
Poll Doug Ducey (R) Fred DuVal (D)Barry J. Hess (L)Undecided/OtherMargin of ErrorSample Size
Garin-Hart-Yang (D)
February 3-6, 2014
32%32%6%30%+/-3.5500
The Arizona Republic
August 24-25, 2014
35%35%12%18%+/-4.0588
Terrance (R-Arizona Free Enterprise Club)
September 15-17, 2014
44%38%6%11%+/-4.5505
Keating (D-Restore Arizona's Future PAC)
September 17-19, 2014
41%39%7%13%+/-4.0600
Moore Information
October 7-8, 2014
36%39%3%22%+/-4.9400
AVERAGES 37.6% 36.6% 6.8% 18.8% +/-4.18 518.6
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.

Ducey vs. Duval

Governor of Arizona - Ducey vs. DuVal
Poll Doug Ducey (R) Fred DuVal (D)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Susquehanna Polling and Research
November 2013
36%33%31%+/--600
Rasmussen Reports
August 27-28, 2014
40%40%13%+/-4.0850
New York Times/CBS/YouGov
September 20-October 1, 2014
50%39%11%+/-32,808
Rasmussen Reports
October 14-16, 2014
47%42%10%+/-31,056
AVERAGES 43.25% 38.5% 16.25% +/-0.5 1,328.5
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.

Primary polling
Republican primary

Arizona Governor - GOP Primary
Poll Ken Bennett Doug DuceyChristine JonesFrank RiggsScott SmithAndrew ThomasUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Harper Polling
June 25-26, 2014
12%33%15%2%14%3%22%+/-3.48791
Magellan Strategies
July 9-10, 2014
11%26%22%2%14%6%19%+/-4.02593
Gravis Marketing
July 14, 2014
7%28%19%1%14%8%24%+/-4.0691
Harper Polling
July 16-17, 2014
12%23%21%1%13%7%22%+/-3.29885
Arizona Automobile Dealers Association
August 15, 2014
10%31%16%3%23%7%10%1,300
Harper Polling
August 19-20, 2014
14%32%16%2%19%7%10%+/-3.44812
AVERAGES 11% 28.83% 18.17% 1.83% 16.17% 6.33% 17.83% +/-3.04 845.33
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.

Republican primary

Arizona Governor - GOP primary
Poll Ken Bennett Christine JonesAl MelvinAndrew ThomasDoug DuceyScott SmithUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Susquehanna Polling and Research
(November 2013)
20%4%2%4%8%6%53%+/--245
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 E-mail Communication with Ballotpedia, E-mail with Kristen Mathews, February 20, 2014
  2. E-mail Communication with Ballotpedia, July 17, 2014
  3. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named bio
  4. Facebook: "Curt Woolsey, About," accessed March 18, 2014
  5. E-mail Communication with Ballotpedia, E-mail with Kristen Mathews, July 3, 2014
  6. Arizona Secretary of State, "2014 Primary Candidate Full Listing," June 19, 2014
  7. The Cook Political Report, "Governors Race Ratings 2014," September 15, 2014
  8. Governing, "2014 Governors Races," September 10, 2014
  9. The Arizona Republic, "Ducey's key GOP rivals in no rush to end," August 29, 2014
  10. Fox10Phoenix.com, "Defeated candidates for GOP nomination back Ducey," September 4, 2014
  11. The New York Times, "Gov. Jan Brewer of Arizona Won’t Seek Re-election," March 12, 2014
  12. Arizona Republic, "Kanefield: Constitution clears Brewer to pursue another term," November 15, 2012
  13. Information submitted to Ballotpedia on March 17, 2014
  14. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  15. Information submitted to Ballotpedia on March 17, 2014