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Fred DuVal first Arizona Democrat to announce run for governor

PHOENIX -- Former Clinton White House staffer Fred DuVal has become the first Democrat to officially jump into next year's wide open race for Arizona governor.

DuVal made the announcement Wednesday in downtown Phoenix and said Arizona needs a strategy for the 21st century economy.

He said the Brewer administration and Republican Legislature destabilized education with deep cuts and that hurts the state in today's new economy.

"I hope the ideological wing of her party will not continue to hold Arizona hostage when it comes to doing the right thing for the state. We've created a competitive tax structure now we need to create a competitive workforce.

He did praise the governor's handling of Medicaid expansion.

Secretary of State Ken Bennett and former Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman have announced their intentions to run on the Republican side.

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Favorite food: Steak and shrimp, and any food on campouts.

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

Favorite news memory: 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. The 2007 Southern California Firestorm and being at Sky Harbor Airport when the first plane lifted off several days after 9-11. Seeing the American flag on the tail of the Salt Lake City-bound Delta airliner as it took off still gives me goosebumps.

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