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The current Republican Secretary of State Ken Bennett has formally announced his candidacy for Governor of Arizona.

PRESCOTT - Ken Bennett climbed the north steps of the Yavapai County Courthouse Tuesday to officially announce his candidacy for governor.

While it's a popular place for candidates for local, state and national offices to announce their intentions, Bennett has climbed those steps more than all or most of the others.

He reminisced Tuesday about being chosen to sound the pitch pipe for Christmas songs during the Courthouse Lighting Ceremony when he was a Prescott High School senior. For the last few decades he has read passages from the Bible for that same ceremony.

And of course, it wasn't the first time he'd announced his candidacy for elected office on those steps, either. He has served on the Prescott City Council, served as president of the Arizona Senate from Prescott, and currently serves as Secretary of State.

"I think it's time we brought somebody in that's proven their leadership," Yavapai County Supervisor Chip Davis said when introducing Bennett to the crowd. Davis' family has known the Bennett family for three generations.

If elected next fall, Bennett would be only the fifth Arizona governor who is a native of the Copper State. The first native-born governor and the only one who hailed from Yavapai County was Thomas Campbell, born in Prescott in 1878.

Three thoughts:

1) The last time I saw a major political scene at these very same steps, it was John McCain making nice and "introducing" George W Bush to Arizona after their bruising 2000 primary battle.

Yavapai County Courthouse
2) A few months back, I got a personal email back from Bennett agreeing with my recommendation to him that he support the National Popular Vote scheme to render impotent the Electoral College System as we currently loathe it, so he can't be all bad.

3) At a Memorial Day ceremony two years ago, I heard Bennett play guitar and sing at Citizens Cemetery in Prescott AZ. At first, it seemed corny, but to be fair, he was really quite good.

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    a2nite, Azazello

    America is not 317 million individual boats afloat on an ocean; America is an ocean supporting 317 million boats.

    by Jimdotz on Wed Nov 13, 2013 at 05:48:15 AM PST

  •  I'm pretty sure I'll support Fred DuVal. (0+ / 0-)

    The free market is not the solution, the free market is the problem.

    by Azazello on Wed Nov 13, 2013 at 07:05:38 AM PST

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    how does he compare to Jan Brewer?

    Filibuster reform, 2013 - woulda, coulda, shoulda.

    by bear83 on Wed Nov 13, 2013 at 08:08:30 AM PST

  •  He's Sheriff Joe's wackadoodle cohort (1+ / 0-)
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    From Wikipedia

    In May 2012, Bennett indicated he might attempt to remove President Barack Obama from the 2012 Presidential election ballot.

    Although Hawaiian officials have repeatedly confirmed Obama's birth in Hawaii, Bennett sought to have Hawaiian officials write to him personally. Bennett stated he had not made a similar request regarding any other Presidential candidate.

    Bennett denied being a "Birther", stating that he believes Obama was indeed born in Hawaii. Bennett also changed his position regarding the impartial role of the Secretary of State when he agreed to co-chair the presidential bid by Republican Mitt Romney. Bennett acknowledged that is a change in his personal policy. In October 2012, Bennett contributed as a guest columnist to the Sonoran Alliance website which markets itself as offering a 'blatantly conservative worldview'. In the column, Bennett appeals to the conservative readership to make their vote count.

    •  Oh, btw, anyone remember "Billy Jack"? (1+ / 0-)
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      This 1972 movie starred Tom Laughlin.  One of the fight scenes from the movie was filmed right there in Prescott on the Courthouse lawn.

      Doeasn't picture with the doary stir memories?  The movie's theme song was "One Tin Soldier."

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