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April 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, in
Tucson, before groups of enthusiastic supporters, volunteers, friends and his family, business and education leader
Fred DuVal announced that he is running to become
rd Governor. Assembled in locally owned, community coffee shops, those gathered heard
Fred DuVal lay out his vision for
Arizona first-hand; those who could not be there in person were invited to watch Fred's Gubernatorial announcement video on his website at
www.fred2014.com. DuVal set his sights on jobs, opportunities and education for all Arizonans during his remarks.
Arizona's promise has been broken," DuVal said. "Investment in
Arizona has suffered, education has been cut, growth is stalled, jobs have vanished. Our state leaders have no plan, no clear strategy to build jobs, opportunity and a good quality of life for today, or for tomorrow."
Speaking with conviction, DuVal continued, "We have to do better. Together we can set our sights on big goals and move with common purpose: a robust and competitive business climate; a workforce with skills for the new economy; efficient government that is accountable to people. I believe that we can achieve these goals. That is why I am announcing my candidacy for Governor. I want to work with you, and work for you, to restore
"Fred's vision for
Arizona and his deliberate plan for how we get there is energizing," said
Phoenix City Councilman and campaign chairman
Daniel Valenzuela. "Everyone we talk with is encouraged by Fred's leadership and vision for
Arizona's future. What Fred has accomplished in the first nine weeks of this campaign has been extraordinary; it sets the tone of what we can expect from him as Governor. Everyone who desires a renewed
Arizona should go to his website right now and join us in supporting Fred for Governor."
Transcending partisan gridlock to create progress for
Arizona is DuVal's key goal. "I am a life-long Democrat, but I know that if we are to going to have a future in this state, we have to stop thinking left versus right, Republican or Democrat, and start thinking forward or backward," he said. "When I am Governor, we will move
Today's announcements were deliberately held at small businesses where people gather every day to work, share ideas and build community. Squash Blossom in
Phoenix and Bentley's in
Tucson are locally owned.
Arizona business and education leader
Fred DuVal, established a committee to explore running for Governor on
February 14, 2013. DuVal has held leadership positions in the
Arizona Governor's Office, the White House,
Arizona's public university system and in the private sector, where he was credited with solving big problems for middle-class families. When he announced the formation of his exploratory committee, DuVal cited "stalled growth and vanishing jobs" as trends that are "slowly closing the gates of opportunity on our next generation." Calling for a "clear strategy to attract jobs of the future and make changes to ensure our prosperity," DuVal has been visiting communities across
Arizona for weeks.
Fred DuVal graduated from Tucson High School. He received a B.A. from
Occidental College and received a degree in law from
Arizona State University. He is married to
Jennifer Hecker DuVal and has two sons. Learn more at
Fred DuVal for Governor 2014