Arizona Governor: Who is Running in 2014?
Who is actually running for Governor of Arizona remains up in the air as more candidates are excusing themselves from the 2014 race. The Arizona political scene is in a state of flux as new candidates announce their candidacy and others withdraw or change their minds about which office they’ll seek.
Former Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman now says he’s withdrawing his name from the race to be Arizona’s next Governor. Instead, Hallman says he will now seek the state treasurer position. In his announcement, Hallman cited his background as a former mayor, an economist, an attorney and an educator. In the statement, he also said,
The state treasurer can have an extremely positive impact on public policy in Arizona.”
Earlier this week, House Minority Leader Chad Campbell announced that he also won’t be running for governor next year. Earlier this week, Secretary of State Ken Bennett announced his candidacy for the position.
Democrat Fred Duval
Democrat and former Arizona Board of Regents member Fred DuVal is officially seeking the Democratic nomination for governor. He has collected a large number of endorsements from prominent Democrats; including Raul Castro, Rose Mofford and Bruce Babbitt.
Governor Jan Brewer
Even though the Arizona Constitution says a governor can’t hold office “for more than two consecutive terms,” Governor Jan Brewer still hasn’t made up her mind on whether she’s running. Ambiguity about Brewer’s official term in office has to do with taking over for former Governor Janet Napolitano three years into a four-year term. Janet Napolitano resigned as the Governor of Arizona to serve as the Secretary of Homeland Security.