PHOENIX — State Rep. Regina Cobb has dropped out of the race for the Republican nomination for state treasurer because she is taking a new job as executive director of the Arizona Dental Association.
Cobb announced her candidacy for treasurer in July but this week pulled out of the race and endorsed another Republican , state Rep. Jeff Weninger of Chandler.
Cobb, a Kingman resident who was a practicing dentist until December 2019, told the Arizona Capitol Times that she changed her plans when she learned she would get the association job.
Other candidates for treasurer include state Sens. David Livingston, R-Peoria, and Martin Quezada, D-Glendale.
The incumbent treasurer, Republican Kimberly Yee, is running for governor.
Cobb plans to finish her House term and take an unpaid leave of absence from the dental association during the 2022 legislative session to focus on lawmaking.
Cobb said she will take the legally mandated year-long break from lobbying after her term is up, but that after will lobby lawmakers on bills important to the dental association.