Screen shot of Governor candidate Scott Smith's latest television ad, titled "Crisis Demands Leadership." Retrieved on June 20 from YouTube.

Update: The Smith campaign has made a $55,000 ad buy for the Tucson market, with ads starting today on local network affiliates. 

The original blog post in below

Former Mesa Mayor Scott Smith has been spending a lot of time in southern Arizona, but there is one place you won't find him today - on the airwaves.

The Republican candidate for governor's first 30-second ad, which debuts today, is only being broadcasted in the Phoenix metropolitan area on network affiliates as well as select cable channels.

Campaign spokesperson Drew Sexton said the Smith campaign is still finalizing its ad buy contracts and expect the ads to be broadcasted in the Tucson market in the next few days.

One estimate suggests Smith will spend roughly $360,000 to air the ad - called "Crisis demands leadership" - for the next two weeks.

Republican rivals Doug Ducey and Christine Jones have already aired several campaign ads. A Ducey ad has recently been extended, records filed with the FCC show.

Text of the ad:

(Scott Smith:)

Mayor Scott Smith: Arizona faces a crisis that demands proven leadership. I'm Scott Smith.

As a CEO, I saved a company from bankruptcy, creating hundreds of jobs.

As a Mayor, we closed a sixty-two million dollar budget shortfall, cutting government and slashing bureaucracy.

These accomplishments attracted new employers and thousands of new jobs.

Hard working Arizona families deserve a healthy economy.

Our business plan, proven in the real world, will Build a Better Arizona.


Scott Smith. Proven leadership. Proven results.

On a side note, Smith's "video of the day" was shot in Tucson yesterday.

The former Mesa mayor was standing in front of the old Pima County Courthouse as he discussed fighting crime.

Contact reporter Joe Ferguson at or 573-4346. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFerguson