Campbell: No run for governor
After a long, hard look, Democratic legislator Chad Campbell announced Tuesday that he won't make a run for Arizona governor, leaving a clear path to the nomination for front-runner Fred DuVal.
Campbell, the Democratic leader in the state House, announced on Facebook that he intends to "focus on my family and other new business opportunities that will allow me to improve communities not only in Arizona, but also across the nation."
It's been no secret that for the last few months I have been considering running for Governor of Arizona. Our analysis, as well as independent polling, confirms that I would be in a very strong position if I entered the race. I have talked with Arizonans across the state about the need to move Arizona in a new direction. We must focus on job creation, improving our education system and instilling transparency at all levels of government. However, there are other issues that need to be considered outside of purely political factors when deciding whether or not to run. It is with these considerations in mind that I have decided to not run for Governor of Arizona at this time. This decision was not made lightly. I need to focus on my family and other new business opportunities that will allow me to improve communities not only in Arizona, but also across the nation. To the countless number of people across Arizona who have encouraged me to run, I cannot thank you enough. While I look forward to serving my last year in the Arizona Legislature as the House Democratic Leader, this decision by no means marks the end of my public service. I will continue looking at all options in the future to determine how best I can serve Arizona.