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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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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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