Aria is the second-youngest female governor in Arizona history.
She will face off against Democrat Rob Jarvis in November.
A former political science professor, Arias was born in Tucson.
She earned her law degree at the University of Arizona.
Arias said in her first term as governor, she spent more time focused on women’s issues than on the economy.
She’s seen the economic downturn as a “huge distraction.”
She believes Arizona can still thrive in the long run.
“It’s hard to be successful if you’re not having good jobs,” Arias told The Hill.
“I believe Arizona can grow and prosper if we’re not focusing on that.”
Aria was a fierce defender of her husband, former Gov.
Doug Ducey, who was ousted in the recall election.
Her father, former President George W. Bush, and a number of Republican politicians have been targeted by recall efforts, and her husband has publicly endorsed a recall election against her.
The former president, former Speaker Newt Gingrich, has also said he is running in the race.
A poll released this month by the University at Buffalo found Duceys approval rating in Arizona at a record low, and his approval rating is also underwater.
The governor is the first female governor to be elected in Arizona since 1992.
A special election will be held in November, but a majority of Arizona voters are likely to choose a Democrat to replace Duceies term.