Democrat Martín Quezada is running for state treasurer because he sees an opportunity to improve a statewide office that, in his words, is too often used as a "steppingstone" for politicians.
The Phoenix lawyer has served in the Arizona Legislature for the past decade and is running for statewide office for the first time. He has no primary opponent.
“I don’t think this office has really been used to serve as a true treasurer. I believe this office has been used as a parking place or a steppingstone for something else," he said, "whether it was running for governor or whether it was serving in a presidential administration or setting something else up politically."
He took an internship at the state Legislature, thanks to a professor’s recommendation. That lead to a full-time job there after graduating. He left to go into law school at ASU and after earning his degree he clerked one year at the Arizona Court of Appeals for Judge Patricia Orozco, who is now retired.
He said that experience would help him as treasurer because it required him to put politics aside, something he advocates for the statewide office.