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Mofford honored with Phoenix street in her name

Former Gov. Rose Mofford (photo by Josh Coddington/Arizona Capitol Times)

Rose Mofford, Arizona’s first female governor, has been given her very own street.

The Arizona Republic reports Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and other officials honored Mofford on her 90th birthday Sunday by renaming a section of 17th Avenue in front of the state Capitol “Rose Mofford Way.”

Stanton also declared it “Rose Mofford Day.”

Mofford was greeted by numerous politicians, government employees and residents.

Mofford took over as governor in 1988 when then-Gov. Evan Mecham was impeached by the Arizona House on charges he obstructed justice and misused $80,000 in state funds to keep one of his automobile dealerships afloat.

Mofford served out Mecham’s term but did not run for the office in 1991.

She served 11 years as secretary of state before taking over for Mecham.

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