Arizona's GOP state treasurer launches bid for governor

Arizona State Treasurer Kimberly Yee (R) on Monday launched her campaign for governor.

Yee, the first Asian American woman elected to the Arizona legislature, held up her own family's story of finding success in America in a campaign video.

"My family came here and opened a grocery store in the 1930s, but today opportunities like theirs are under attack. I'm Kimberly Yee, I'm running for governor to put Arizona first, to ensure our children have the same opportunities and freedoms my family found in this great country," Yee said.


In the video, Yee vowed to address security concerns surrounding the U.S.-Mexico border, accusing lawmakers in D.C. of "putting partisan games over safety and security."

"As your next governor, I'll continue President TrumpDonald TrumpWhite House denies pausing military aid package to Ukraine Poll: 30 percent of GOP voters believe Trump will 'likely' be reinstated this year Black Secret Service agent told Trump it was offensive to hold rally in Tulsa on Juneteenth: report MORE's fight to secure our southern border. Every single inch of it," Yee said.

She also promised to fight "socialist policies" like those in California.

"As a small business owner raised by small business owners, I know the importance of doing business the right way," she added.

"Joe BidenJoe BidenObama: Ensuring democracy 'continues to work effectively' keeps me 'up at night' New Jersey landlords prohibited from asking potential tenants about criminal records Overnight Defense: Pentagon pulling some air defense assets from Middle East | Dems introduce resolution apologizing to LGBT community for discrimination | White House denies pausing military aid package to Ukraine MORE and the Washington Democrats are trying to strip away the values that make our country great by disincentivizing hard work and personal responsibility," Yee added. "As governor, I'll promote opportunity over handouts because I know Arizonans would rather earn a living than collect a government check."

Yee was elected as treasurer in 2018 and previously served as majority leader for the Arizona state Senate, the Arizona Republic notes.

She is joining Nogales Mayor Marco Lopez (D), who announced his campaign in March, in the race. Lopez previously served as U.S. Customs and Border Protection chief of staff under former President Obama.

Current Gov. Doug DuceyDoug DuceyBorder state governors rebel against Biden's immigration chaos DeSantis: Florida officers to respond to 'border security crisis' in Texas, Arizona Former Rep. Matt Salmon launches gubernatorial bid in Arizona MORE (R) is term limited and cannot run in 2022.