Richer, Stephen

Meet the Candidate

Running For:
County Recorder
Political Affiliation:
Officeholder, Attorney, Businessman
J.D. -- The University of Chicago. M.A. -- The University of Chicago. B.A. -- Tulane University. PhD (in progress) -- Arizona State University
Wife, Parents, Sister, etc.
Biographical Info:

Stephen won election as Recorder in 2020 and took office in January, 2021.

As Recorder, Stephen is statutorily responsible for recording public documents, voter registration, and early voting in Maricopa County.

Prior to his election, Stephen worked as an attorney and businessman.

Stephen received his bachelor’s degree from Tulane University, his master’s degree and law degree from The University of Chicago, and he is completing his PhD at Arizona State University.

Stephen was named “Arizonan of the Year, 2021” by the Arizona Republic, “Republican Politician of the Year, 2021” by the Phoenix New Times, “Public Law Attorney of the Year, 2022,” by the Maricopa County Bar Association, and “Leader of the Year, 2023” by the Arizona Capitol Times.


I’m running for reelection to further improve the nuts and bolts of the office.

In the past three years, my team and I have: rebuilt the voter registration database, executed the largest ever county voter registration list maintenance project, launched Maricopa Title Alert, deployed a new version of remote recording kiosks, expanded ballot tracking services, enhanced signature verification, and more.

If reelected, I will: consolidate customer information and inquiries with the Assessor and Treasurer to provide better services across the property-related offices, complete the next phase of the voter registration database rebuild to ensure our voter rolls are as accurate as possible, greatly expand the search features of the recorded documents database so residents can gain more insight into the 55 million recorded documents on file, continue to expand transparency into the early voting process, and do more to prevent title fraud.


Response Legend

  • SSupports
  • OOpposes
  • *Comment
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  • Declined to respond, Position based on citation

Question Response Comments/Notes
1. Providing benefits and services such as free housing to undocumented migrants at taxpayer expense. O
2. Allowing all parents to use tax credits and taxpayer funded empowerment scholarship accounts to enable their children to attend any private school, homeschool, or online academy of their choice. S
3. Interpreting the 2nd Amendment as protecting an individual’s right to keep and bear arms. S
4. Using taxpayer funds to support any organization that performs, promotes, or provides referrals for abortion. O
5. Amending the Arizona State Constitution to grant a fundamental right to every individual to an abortion. O
6. Providing tax breaks to certain industries over others. O
7. Adding "sexual orientation," "gender identity," or "gender expression" to the protected classes of race, religion, age, sex, and ancestry in nondiscrimination ordinances. O
8. Allowing parents to seek professional counseling for their minor child with same-sex attraction or gender identity issues. S
9. Enhancing penalties for leading and participation in organized retail theft rings. S
10. Permitting individuals and businesses to not provide services or promote ideas that violate their moral or religious beliefs. S