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Goddard Announces Run for Arizona Secretary of State

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A familiar name in state politics decided Monday he now wants to be secretary of state. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports.

Terry Goddard first ran for governor in 1990, again in 1994, and most recently lost a third bid for that office in 2010 to incumbent Jan Brewer.

“Obviously that still smarts,” Goddard said.

Goddard was elected attorney general in 2002, serving for eight years. He said that experience prepared him to be the state’s chief election officer. He noted the rise of dark money in elections as well as judges voiding as unconstitutional some existing state campaign finance-reporting requirements.

“There’s going to need to be legislation,” Goddard said. “Number one, as you know well, the legislature’s going to have to take a stand against this and if they don’t I think it’s up to the secretary of state to help them, at least show them the way, and draft legislation and pursue it.”

He faces off against fellow Democrat, state Sen. Leah Landrum Taylor, with the survivor going up against whichever of several Republican contenders survives that party’s primary.

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