Objecting to Gov. Doug Ducey (R) supporting a bill that would give state teachers a 19% pay increase without ostensibly raising taxes, thus calling the approach fiscally irresponsible, former Secretary of State Ken Bennett said yesterday that he will challenge the Governor in the August 28th Republican primary.
Mr. Bennett ran in the 2014 open gubernatorial primary but placed a disappointing fourth. He also ran for the US House and failed to win the party nomination. Therefore, it remains unclear as to how strong former Secretary Bennett’s challenge will become. He was originally appointed Secretary of State, and won election to a full term in 2010 with 59% of the vote. He did not seek re-election in 2014 because he entered the Governor’s primary. Prior to his statewide service, Mr. Bennett served in the Arizona Senate, rising to become the body’s President.
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