After he retired from his job as CEO of Cold Stone Creamery, Doug Ducey decided he wanted to get into politics. He won the Arizona Treasurer’s office in 2010 and, to further boost his statewide profile, chaired the opposition to 2012’s Prop 204, which would extended the state’s temporary one-cent sales tax, with the proceeds dedicated primarily to education and transportation projects.
Ducey’s priorities include cutting taxes (he promises a tax cut every year and wants to eliminate the state income tax if possible), reducing regulation, reducing the number of state employees, opposing federal control of education (including Common Core) and increasing state regulation of local school districts in areas such as spending and standards.
He’s also raised more money than any of the other candidates. As of May 31, Ducey had raised more than $2 million for his campaign and spent more than a $1 million.