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Former East Valley mayor running for governor

PHOENIX -- Former Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman left office last year with a goal in mind -- the 2014 governor's race.

Hallman said he knew he was going to run for an office where he could make the most difference on two fronts statewide -- the economy and education. He feels both are underperforming.

"Education is an area where we should put more effort and getting better results and it's not always about money. On the economy, Arizona should be the nations top performing state," he said.

Hallman, a Republican, served two terms directing Tempe City Hall. He said he felt he could only do so much to affect the East Valley city's future.

"If I was going to seek the governor's office, I didn't think it proper to retain the office of mayor," he said.

He's also an attorney and economist and served as headmaster of Tempe Preparatory Academy.

About the Author

Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Have covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona including nine of the top 10 largest wildfires in state history. The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. Covered the Yarnell Hill Tragedy in June 2013 that left 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots dead.

Favorite movies: True Grit, both 1969 John Wayne classic and the remake with Jeff Bridges and Lonesome Dove.

Sports Teams: Washington State University Cougars, Texas Longhorns, The University of Montana Grizzlies.


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