Former Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman today posted a statement on his website, saying he's considering a run for governor.
"Over the next few months, I will be traveling the state of Arizona to speak with and listen to people from all walks of life about what's really important to them in their state government, and how we can address our priorities successfully," the statement says. "At that time, I will make a final decision about pursuing elected office. I have one particular elected office very clearly in mind -- the office of Governor of Arizona."
The part that sucks for Hallman, and any other Republican who wants to run, is that Governor Jan Brewer's still caught up on the third-term nonsense.
With even the slightest possibility that a court would decide that the Arizona Constitution's two-term limit actually means a three-term limit, Brewer's kind of dumping on any Republican who would want to run. If Brewer were allowed to run again, you can bet just about all of the other hopeful Republican candidates would call it quits right then and there.
Still, Hallman says he's interested.
Read the more-interesting portion of his announcement below:
We live in a time of more negativity than any time I can remember in my entire life -- not only on the national level, although that's where most of the attention is focused. In Arizona, the crux of the problem lies in a divided public policy environment, in which the solutions to problems seem less important to some than political points. Despite this poisoned policy divide, we live in a beautiful and exceptional state filled with wonderful people, and so I know in my heart these struggles with even basic issues can be addressed productively and positively.
Almost all of us aspire to similar goals. We all care about the creation of jobs and opportunity; the quality of our schools; and the way we handle complicated issues such as immigration, both legal and illegal. And, we expect a high level of ethical behavior from those we elect to serve us. But despite our common goals, we are so often left disappointed.
Well, if I have anything to say about it, these disappointments stop now.
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