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Scott Smith
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Mayor of Mesa
Former officeholder
In office
2008-April 16, 2014
Elections and appointments
Last electionAugust 26, 2014
Term limitsN/A
High schoolWestwood High School (1974)
Bachelor'sBrigham Young University (1980)
Master'sArizona State University (1985)
J.D.Arizona State University (1996)
Place of birthMesa, Arizona
Personal website
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Scott Smith was a 2014 Republican candidate for Governor of Arizona.[1][2]

Smith was first elected Mayor of Mesa, Arizona in 2008 and was re-elected in 2012. He declared his candidacy for governor one year into his second mayoral term; by April 2014, Smith had stepped down to focus on his gubernatorial campaign.[1]


Smith was born in Mesa, Arizona, where he later based careers in business and politics.

He graduated from Westwood High School in 1974, and went on to study accounting at Brigham Young University.[3] After receiving his bachelor's degree in 1980, Smith added degrees in business and law to his resume, both from Arizona State.[4]

Before his first election as Mesa Mayor in 2008, Smith worked as a businessman. He was CEO of a large real estate and development company.[4]


  • Westwood High School (1974)
  • B.S. in accounting - Brigham Young University (1980)
  • M.B.A. - Arizona State University(1985)
  • J.D. - Arizona State University (1996)



See also: Arizona Gubernatorial election, 2014

Smith ran for Governor of Arizona on the slogan "Conservative Leadership for Arizona."[5] One of the recurring themes of his campaign was "Proven leadership, proven results."[6][1] He sought the Republican nomination in the primary election on August 26, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

Primary election - August 26, 2014

Governor of Arizona Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Ken Bennett 11.7% 56,557
Green check mark transparent.pngDoug Ducey 36.9% 178,286
Christine Jones 16.6% 79,990
Frank Riggs 4.5% 21,662
Scott Smith 21.8% 105,408
Andrew Thomas 8.2% 39,721
Write-in 0.3% 1,630
Total Votes 483,254
Election Results Via:Arizona Secretary of State. Vote totals above are unofficial and reflect 100% precincts reporting.


Arizona Governor - General election match-ups
Poll Doug Ducey (R) Fred DuVal (D)Barry J. Hess (L)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Garin-Hart-Yang (D)
February 3-6, 2014
The Arizona Republic
August 24-25, 2014
AVERAGES 33.5% 33.5% 9% 24% +/-3.75 544
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
Governor of Arizona - Ducey vs. DuVal
Poll Doug Ducey (R) Fred DuVal (D)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Susquehanna Polling and Research
November 2013
Rasmussen Reports
August 27-28, 2014
AVERAGES 38% 36.5% 22% +/--2 725
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

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 one time since, 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 spokespeople asserted that the law, as written, does not adequately account for the conditions of Brewer's incomplete first term. Hints that Brewer would pursue an exemption from the term-limit 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; meanwhile, 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 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, and, for good measure, 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 fringe 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 media

Proven Results - Posted to YouTube 7/10/14

Protecting Arizona - Posted to YouTube 7/9/14

Scott Smith for Arizona Governor 2014 - Posted to YouTube 6/10/14


Smith resides in Mesa with his wife, Kimberly.[3]

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