"I will no longer be governor after this year, I will remain a proud
cheerleader and champion for this awesome state that I love so dearly,"
said Governor Jan brewer.
Governor Jan brewer secret is out. She will not seek a third term in office.
Governor says she won't seek another term, she also said her veto pen
has plenty of ink so she is planning on doing more work.
made the announcement at Park Meadows Elementary school in North
Phoenix. That's where she sent two of her kids and says where she was
inspired to get into politics after attending a school board meeting
there more than three decades ago. So it is fitting that she announcing
the end of her political career in the spot where it all began.
"Serving as Governor has been the privilege and pleasure of my life," said Gov. Brewer.
In a gymnasium packed with students and teachers Brewer threw in the towel ending a 30 year career in politics.
does come a time to pass the torch of leadership. So, after completing
this term in office, I will be doing just that," she said.
Governor was first sworn in back in 2009. After then Governor Janet
Napolitano left for the Obama administration. She was elected to a
second term in 2010. Arizona law limits governors to two terms and
Brewer had expressed interest in serving for a third term but to do so
would no doubt require a long legal battle, a battle that it appears she
is not willing to fight.
"I can assure you I'm not going
anywhere any time soon. I will work until my final hours completing the
people's business on behalf of the great state," she said.
can say the Governor's five years in office has been predictable. Her
unwavering support of senate bill 1070 drew praise and the wrath of
opponents but she wasn't afraid to go against her own party. She lobbied
hard to expand the state's medicaid program and supported prop 100, the
one cent sales tax increase back in 2010.
"You don't count out
this governor. She has surprised us all before. Having said that, I
think there was an expectation this announcement would be coming today,"
said matt Benson.
Matt Benson and two other former spokespeople were in the crowd and talked to FOX 10 after the announcement.
"The roots she has in this community are very deep. I think it was very emotional for her to do this," said Tasya Peterson.
FOX 10 asked Paul Sensemen if he thought the Governor considered running again.
considered it. She is very careful and methodical in her decision
making process. She was with this decision as well," said Sensemen.
experts agree the Governor would have had a very hard time getting
around the two term limits law. Those close to her say she hopes to be
an influential force in Arizona politics and all of those men vying to
replace her as governor will soon be lining up seeking her endorsement.
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