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Governor Brewer Won’t Seek Re-election for Third Term

March 13
00:18 2014

On Wednesday morning, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer,  while speaking at a Phoenix area school, made the announcement that she won’t seek re-election to office for a third term.

brewerschool_smallThe fact that the Republican Governor was even considering a third term was controversial in itself, in that Arizona governors are limited to serving two terms. But as Brewer had taken over mid-term from Janet Napolitano, who left to head the Department of Homeland Security, there had been speculation she might seek another four years in office on the grounds she had not served two complete terms, even though the law is very clear on the issue. As recently as February, she had intimated that she might run again and challenge the state term-limit law.

Brewer became governor in 2009 and won a full term in 2010. During her service to the state of Arizona she has been at the center of controversial discrimination issues that have sparked national debate over immigration and gay rights. Just recently, she vetoed a bill that would have allowed businesses to refuse service to gays and lesbians based on their religious beliefs.​ She is also remembered for, infamously, putting her finger in the President of the United States’ face.

At her announcement on Wednesday, Brewer is quoted as saying it was time to “pass the torch of leadership.”

Standing in line for that leadership torch are those hoping for the Republican nomination including Secretary of State Ken Bennett, state Treasurer Doug Ducey, and City of Mesa Mayor Scott Smith.  Former state Board of Regents member Fred DuVal is making a run for the Democratic nomination.

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