Sonoran governor: Hobbs’ swearing in an ‘inflection point’ for 2 states’ relationship

By Murphy Woodhouse
Published: Friday, January 6, 2023 - 4:54pm

Sonora’s Gov. Alfonso Durazo attended his Arizona counterpart Katie Hobbs’ recent swearing-in ceremony.

For decades, it has been common for political leaders of Arizona and Sonora to have good working relationships. But Durazo had strong language to describe what he thinks is on tap with Hobbs now formally sworn in.

He said he expects an “inflection point” in the two states’ relationship, and that the new administration presents an opportunity for a “stellar relaunch” of it. He specifically noted the importance of Arizona’s universities playing a role in what he called the technological revolution necessary for the development of clean energy resources in Sonora, according to a release. He also said he’s hopeful about other crossborder projects, like moving the rail line out of the downtowns of Nogales, Arizona and Nogales, Sonora.

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