Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett was in Cottonwood on Tuesday, Sept. 10, to talk about the state of the state’s budget and to remind Verde Valley residents that he would be seeking the governor’s office in 2014.
Bennett, a Republican, took the office in early 2009 after former Secretary of State Jan Brewer became governor. As the secretary of state is next in line to fill the governor’s position, Brewer got the job when former Gov. Janet Napolitano accepted the position of U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security. Bennett was able to become second in line to the governor’s office when he was eventually elected to the position in 2010. Since 2012, Bennett has been exploring a bid for the governor’s office.
This week, at a gathering of the Mingus Mountain Republicans at the VFW Post No. 7400 in Cottonwood, Bennett said he was definitely running. Bennett has also served as a member of the Prescott City Council, the Arizona State Board of Education and the Arizona State Senate, also serving as board president for two years and senate president for four years.
For the full story, see the Wednesday, Sept. 11, edition of the Cottonwood Journal Extra.
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