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Consultant: Arizona governor's race should prove interesting

PHOENIX -- The most wanted job in Arizona next year could be the governor's office and political observers cannot wait to watch it unfold.

State Treasurer Doug Ducey and Secretary of State Ken Bennett are among a growing group of Republicans who want the governor's job.

Stan Barnes with Copper State Consulting said he expects at least one more prominent name to throw his hat in the ring.

"The Mesa mayor (Scott Smith) has a lot of positives going on. He will be top tier, there's no doubt. I believe he's going to run, it's just a matter of timing."

And Barnes said the Democratic side of the race is formidable with former President Clinton aide Fred DuVal running and possibly state lawmaker Chad Campbell jumping into the mix.

"The Democrats are energized and the candidates are glib, articulate, smart and have proven abilities."

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About the Author

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

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.

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

First job: Spinning records at KLER Radio Orofino, Idaho 1980.

First concert: KISS/Cheap Trick 1977 Spokane, WA Coliseum.

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

Outside interests: Sports, camping, fishing, traveling.


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