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PHOENIX -- Mesa Mayor Scott Smith said in a Wednesday statement outgoing Gov. Jan Brewer has served Arizona well in her time in office.

Brewer announced Wednesday that she would not be pursuing a third term in office.

The full statement is below. It has not been edited in any way.

"Governor Jan Brewer is a remarkably strong leader that has led a distinguished career in public service.

She has served her community, her state, and her nation well by executing a proven formula of conservative leadership based on the protection of our rights and free market principles. As we have seen time and again, she has also demonstrated the courage to make tough decisions that are in the best interests of the people of Arizona.

She has navigated our state in the most challenging of times and in times of prosperity, and has created a legacy and a solid foundation upon which Arizona can build upon as we continue to move forward. Her honest leadership and dedication to principle are exemplary of true public service."

Smith has announced that he will make a run for governor.

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