Glendale, AZ, United States (4E) – Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer announced Wednesday she will not seek a third term formally ending her bid to challenge the state constitution’s two-term limits for gubernatorial post.
Speaking to students and staffers of Park Meadows Elementary School in Glendale, Brewer said she will “pass the torch of leadership” after completing her term in office.
The Republican governor said she is saddened to leave her post next year but proud of her accomplishments.
Brewer assumed the governorship from Democrat Janet Napolitano during the latter’s final year in 2009 and was reelected for a four-year term in 2010. Because her first term was not full, Brewer entertained in 2012 suggestions and encouragement to run for a third term.
For the next two years, she talked about that possibility, which requires challenging the Arizona Constitution’s Article 5, Section 1, which permits statewide elected officials to serve only two consecutive terms.
Meanwhile, Brewer’s decision eases the field for other candidates seeking her post in the midterm elections in November. Among the candidates are Secretary of State Ken Bennett, state Treasurer Doug Ducey and Democrat Fred DuVal.