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Glassman seeks Democratic chairmanship

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Rodney Glassman addresses the media after a televised debate with U.S. Sen John McCain, R-Ariz., Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010 in Phoenix. Glassman on Thursday, Sept. 30, 2010 denied allegations that his 2005 doctoral dissertation contains sentences plagiarized from other researchers. (AP Photo/Darryl Webb, File)

Former Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Rodney Glassman announced that he will run for Arizona Democratic Party chairman (AP Photo/Darryl Webb, File)

Former U.S. Senate candidate Rodney Glassman said he will seek the chairmanship of the Arizona Democratic Party.

“I decided to run for chairman because I was asked to run by others who feel I will do a great job, I would like to help our party, and I have the time to serve,” Glassman told the Arizona Capitol Times via e-mail.

Glassman, who lost to Sen. John McCain last month, is the second candidate to declare his candidacy for party chair, and the only candidate to do so unequivocally. Incumbent Chairman Don Bivens said he would prefer to step down but will run for a third term only if no other suitable candidate comes forward.

Party insiders say Glassman, however, is not that candidate. Insiders say Bivens is opposed to Glassman’s candidacy and is waiting to make a decision about his own political future until he can ensure that a strong candidate will oppose Glassman.

Glassman said he was unaware of any opposition from Bivens. Bivens did not return a message seeking comment.

Several other candidates are rumored to be considering a run, including former state treasurer candidate Andrei Cherny, former attorney general candidate Felecia Rotellini and Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, who was recently elected to the Senate. None of the three have announced their plans.

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