Jan Brewer Not Running for Third Term
As expected, Governor Jan Brewer will not be seeking a third term in office.
Although the Arizona Constitution prohibits a governor from holding that office "for more than two consecutive terms," Brewer has been insisting for several years now that she might be able to run for a third term. She announced today at an elementary school in Glendale that she won't be pursuing that term.
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There would have been a lot of unhappy people had Brewer decided to pursue a third term.
Brewer was the Secretary of State in 2009, and was next in line to the governorship after then-Governor Janet Napolitano was appointed by President Obama to be the Homeland Security secretary.
Since she took over for Napolitano's term, Brewer's said the law is unclear on whether that actually qualifies as a "term."
Had she actually been intent on running for a third term, however, she might have made that known earlier, since eight Republicans have since lined up and begun campaigning. Two of those candidates are current statewide officeholders: Secretary of State Ken Bennett and Treasurer Doug Ducey. Another candidate, Mesa Mayor Scott Smith, has announced that he'll resign from his job to pursue this run for governor.
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