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Scott Smith
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Mayor of Mesa
Former officeholder
In office
2008-April 16, 2014
PartyRepublican
Elections and appointments
Last electionAugust 26, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolWestwood High School (1974)
Bachelor'sBrigham Young University (1980)
Master'sArizona State University (1985)
J.D.Arizona State University (1996)
Personal
Place of birthMesa, Arizona
ProfessionBusinessman
Websites
Personal website
Campaign 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]

Biography

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]

Education

  • 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)

Elections

2014

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.

Polls

Primary polling
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
Governor of Arizona - 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
Hypothetical match-up polls
Governor of Arizona - General election match-ups
Poll Ken Bennett (R) Fred DuVal (D)UndecidedRefuseMargin of ErrorSample Size
Susquehanna Polling and Research
(November 2013)
38%33%28%1%+/--600
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
Governor of Arizona - General election match-ups
Poll Doug Ducey (R) Fred DuVal (D)UndecidedRefuseMargin of ErrorSample Size
Susquehanna Polling and Research
(November 2013)
36%33%31%1%+/--600
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

Race background

Incumbent Jan Brewer (R) is term-limited from seeking re-election, leaving the seat open for the 2014 electoral cycle.

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 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. Ducey indeed secured the party's nomination in the primary election on August 26, 2014.

With all eyes trained on the Republican primary race 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.[7][8]


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

Personal

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

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