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.
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.
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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.