Scott Smith, Mesa Mayor, to Run for Governor

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Mesa Mayor Scott Smith, a Republican, announced that he's entering the race for governor.

Unlike several others who have threatened to run for governor, including a B-list actor and a disbarred attorney, Smith actually has a solid chance of becoming Arizona's governor in 2014.

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The Republican field also has quite a few players, including state Treasurer Doug Ducey, Secretary of State Ken Bennett, former Go Daddy executive Christine Jones, state Senator Al Melvin, and the aforementioned disbarred attorney and disgraced former Maricopa County Attorney, Andrew "Candy Andy" Thomas.

Of course, the thing that could screw it all up would be Governor Jan Brewer seeking a likely unconstitutional third term. Though she's continued to insist that she hasn't made up her mind, she's been openly speculating about running for a third term, even though the Arizona Constitution prevents someone from holding more than two consecutive terms. (Her opinion is that since she took over for departing Governor Janet Napolitano, that first term doesn't match the definition of a term.)

The Dems, on the other hand, made the primary easy on themselves, as all the high-profile Democrats are throwing their weight behind Fred DuVal.

As for Smith, he says he's stepping down from his post in Mesa to run for governor. Smith was first elected in 2008 and re-elected in 2012. He had a business career before jumping into politics, and being business-minded has always been his platform.

Smith wrote on his Facebook page Wednesday night:
I have a story that no one else can tell. I have an experience that no one else can offer. When I talk about economic development at a government level, I know how to do it -- I've done it. When I talk about truly balancing budgets and shifting resources, and having to make tough policy decisions...I've done it as mayor. No one else can tell that story and no one else has that experience.

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Lisa Kaiser
Lisa Kaiser

Mesa is not a very good place to live or work. It did not improve under the leadership of Scott Smith. Fred DuVal for Governor 2014

Joe Rollins
Joe Rollins

Can we get a list of all his corporate donors so we know which corporate interests he will be enacting into law?

66rock
66rock topcommenter

Well it is true that he is a moderate as in, not a wacky like too many other GOP in this state.  He also does function like a leader with some intellect and vision, again unlike so so many of our "leaders" here.  What an improvement over no brain Jan. Most likely the next governor will in fact be GOP so we may as well have a sane one like Smith.  That said, if we can get Felicia elected and replace the other waste,Tom Horn, then Az might, just might be on the right track again.  Heaven knows we are long past due. Now the worst of worst, Joe Arpaio, is another matter.  Just my two cents.


catsmiler
catsmiler

@66rock And your two cents are worthless...Like your immature personal denigrations, nothing you wrote suggests anything other than an ignorant comment belched out by an ignorant low information voter...  

66rock
66rock topcommenter

@catsmiler @66rock                                                                                             Then my opinion is worth one cent more than yours. 


Oh and first time ever being called an "low information voter" since I was a Democratic Chairwoman in the county I moved here from a dozen years ago and stay very much informed in all politics


 I also had a paid position from the Committee to Re-elect the President back then.  How many national elections have you worked on?  Something tells me I'm one up on you there as well.



Trommy
Trommy

Name calling is mature?

66rock
66rock topcommenter

@catsmiler   No need to be puzzled by anyone splitting their votes.  I try to vote according to the individual, not party line,especially in local elections.  Leadership is full of wackos here and we need change from that nonsense. 

 If he wins that primary, he will probably win election. And I most certainly do not want a TP nutcase as governor.  I'm an Illinois non mormon who lives in Mesa in Pearce's old district, signed his recall and voted for the other GOP to insure Russell Pearce was replaced since no way was the Democrat going to win that one, much the same in this race I think.  I missed that interview on 5 this morning, will look for it on net. 


 All I know is Mayor Smith is more intelligent than any other in that primary and seems to have some good leadership qualities and vision. He's not perfect but has done pretty good in Mesa, compared to mayors before him.  Just my personal opinion. 

catsmiler
catsmiler

@66rock Well, to be honest you do have one up on me in that regard...Though I am still puzzled by your choice of personal attributes towards the opposition...I would expect a more reasoned and dignified response to this article...Watching Scott Smith on Channel 5 this morning I was not impressed with his mundane and clichéd answers to the questions put to him...  Being from northern Arizona I am not familiar with his background...

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