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Landrum Taylor dropping Secretary of State bid

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Landrum Taylor dropping Secretary of State bid

  • Landrum Taylor announced she would seek the state's No. 2 political spot last month. Taylor announced she would seek the state's No. 2 political spot last month.

Legislator Leah Landrum Taylor is dropping her bid to become the number-two politician in Arizona, and will announce she's ending her exploratory campaign to be the Democratic nominee for secretary of state. That will leave Terry Goddard as the sole Democrat seeking the office.

Landrum Taylor confirmed that she is dropping out of the race in a Facebook post Monday night, after Democratic Party sources told earlier in the day.

The candidate said working on an independent panel reviewing cases that went uninvestigated by Child Protective Services is taking more of her time than anticipated: "What I initially thought would be a few hours a week has become much more."

Landrum Taylor has been in the Legislature since 1999, moving up from the House to the Senate in 2006. She was ousted from a party post as Senate minority leader in October.

While the Phoenix lawmaker had not formally declared her candidacy, she announced her exploratory campaign in early December. A campaign finance report filed Friday showed she raised a little over $11,000 by Dec. 31, while spending nearly $9,500.

On her campaign website, Landrum Taylor had said, "Part of my decision whether to run or not, will hinge on my campaign’s ability to collect as many early financial contributions as possible."

Goddard, a former Phoenix mayor and two-time state attorney general, and unsuccessful gubernatorial candidate in 1990 and 2012, has not yet filed a report.

On the GOP side, Wil Cardon, Justin Pierce and Michele Reagan are vying for the nomination for the election to determine who will succeed Ken Bennett, who is running for governor.

Correction: What with the number of similar last names in Arizona politics, an earlier version of this report misspelled Justin Pierce’s last name. We regret the error, and thank the alert reader who pointed out the mistake.

Landrum Taylor's statement

In a Facebook post, the Democrat confirmed that she is dropping out of the race:

After speaking with my family and supporters, today I am officially announcing my withdrawal from the Secretary of State's race. Most of you know I have been deeply involved in the Child Protective Services crisis the past few months. I've been appointed by Gov. Brewer to assist in reforming the CPS system from the ground up. What I initially thought would be a few hours a week has become much more. As a wife and a mother I was proud to be a Secretary of State candidate. Now, as a wife and a mother, I am proud to be putting the 7,000 children in Arizona that fell through the cracks in our system above the political aspiration of a single candidate, a single party, or a single agenda.

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