A Democrat has officially entered the race to challenge Gov. Doug Ducey next year.
Noah Dyer, a 36-year-old Glendale resident, has never run for political office, and only recently switched from independent to Democrat “specifically for the purposes of this election.”
Dyer is a marketing executive who once said he would give up his right to privacy by taping his entire life for a year. He announced his candidacy for governor at the Arizona Capitol this morning.
Sen. Steve Farley, a Tucson Democrat, is flirting with the idea of running for the state’s highest office in 2018. Ducey has already filed a campaign committee for his re-election race.
Dyer faces an uphill battle on funding, and his party faces a deficit in voter registration. Democrats haven’t won a statewide race since 2006, when Gov. Janet Napolitano and Attorney General Terry Goddard won re-election.
In 2014, Ducey raised more than $4 million and spent $3.6 million from his own pocket. He also benefited from millions of dollars in support from outside groups.
Dyer, on the other hand, admits he has no money. But he thinks his background will help him talk to all kinds of people, from “diehard conservatives to bleeding-heart liberals.”
Dyer preemptively listed all details about his background, including the not-so-savory ones, in a lengthy press kit. He’s a fluent Spanish speaker, a product of Arizona schools, a “hobby stage hypnotist,” a former Mormon, a father of four, an Eagle Scout, a divorcee and a former homeless person. That means, he said, he has “something in common with nearly everyone.”
As he seeks to win the state over while making digs at its current leadership, his campaign announcement speech read like a love letter to a scorned Arizona.
Dyer declared that he has a passion for education, a job creation plan and a love for transparency, which he said will help the state move forward.
“Yes, you’re in a relationship with Doug Ducey right now, and I know he wants to lock you down for another 6 years. But I can’t help it. I want you to be happy, and while Doug is nice and all, you can do better,” Dyer said.
For education, Dyer said he wants to make charter schools offer the same services as public schools are required to, like free lunches and more transparent spending. He also said the state needs to “tidy up (its) resume” to show companies how great it is. He said he wants to prioritize transparency and openness in government.
“I promise there will be no backroom deals, no back scratching, no back stabbing,” he said.
Ducey’s “empty words and actions” hurt Arizona, so Dyer said he will truly serve the state instead of using it to “get wealth and power” for himself and others.
“I don’t want to use you, I want to serve you. I want to make dinner for you, rub your feet, serenade you with my guitar, and so much more. I don’t have as much money as Doug, but I want to share everything I have with you, including my life,” he said.
Dyer is not shy about his past, including his sex life. Instead of having his opposition dig up dirt on him, he said he would disclose everything and save his opponents the time.
“Noah has had both deep and casual sexual experiences with all kinds of women. Noah Dyer is an advocate of open relationships. He has sent and received intimate texts and pictures, and occasionally recorded video during sex,” his press kit disclosed. “Noah has always been forthright with his partners, seeking the same in return. All of his relationships have been legal and consensual, never coercive, or abusive, and he condemns such behavior. Noah is unapologetic about his sexual choices, and wishes others the same.”
He also noted that he has “spoken out very harshly” about religious intolerance and encourages people to look through his past Facebook posts to see some of his “tirades.”
He says he has a “negative net worth” because of his six-figure student loan debt, and he doesn’t make enough money to pay even the interest on the loans each month, so they continue to grow. He has used credit cards to pay his child support at times, he said.
He also noted his “radical campaign” to be live on camera for a year to draw attention to government spying and “Big Data.” Dyer’s privacy quest was profiled in a 2014 article in The Atlantic, where he gave the reporter all of his personal passwords.