Current Governor Doug Ducey is refusing a federal request to take the containers out of Yuma's border wall gaps
YUMA, Ariz. (KECY, KYMA) - A tight governor's race is expected by pollsters between Republican nominee Kari Lake and Democratic nominee Katie Hobbs.
As issues Yumans know well could be the deciding factor for voters when they head to the polls.
On the border, Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake says she wants to declare an invasion on her first day in office and send the National Guard to the border line.
Katie Hobbs hopes to further relationships with federal partners and encourage them to focus on immigration reform in D.C.
The federal government has asked Arizona's current governor, Doug Ducey to remove the shipping containers in Yuma's wall gaps, but he is refusing.
Hobbs says she would remove the containers if elected.
“These kinds of things are just political stunts that are not really solving issues at the border,” Hobbs said.
Lake says if she's elected the containers will not go away.
“We won’t be removing those. We’re going to fill in as many gaps in the border as possible until we can finish President Trump’s wall and stop people from coming over,” Lake said.
While they disagree on the border, both candidates visited Yuma since the primaries to speak with local ag leaders on Arizona water issues.
“You guys have some of the world’s best experts when it comes to agriculture in Yuma County,” Lake said.
Lake and Hobbs say conservation and innovation will play a role in securing Arizona's water future.
“We are planning strategically as for what we can do now and what we need to do in the future,” Hobbs said.
As for who the voters will choose, Lake and Hobbs both claim they’re getting support from the other party.
“We’re building a coalition of Republican support, people who are choosing sanity over chaos in this election,” Hobbs said.
“I think a lot of Democrats are going to vote our way because they want common sense solutions to the issues,” Lake said.