Fred DuVal’s gubernatorial campaign is semi-official after filing an exploratory committee today, making him the first Democrat to test the waters for the state’s top office in 2014.
DuVal brings an extensive and varied resume to the race. The longtime politico served as a staffer for former Gov. Bruce Babbitt in the 1980s, and served as Babbitt’s chief of staff after he became President Clinton’s secretary of the interior. He later served as a White House staffer under Clinton.
He’s also had two stints as a Democratic national committeeman. He served on the Arizona Board of Regents, leaving in 2011. DuVal has also worked with energy magnate T. Boone Pickens on alternative energy issues.
DuVal could not immediately be reached for comment.
Also eying the race on the Democratic side are House Minority Leader Chad Campbell and former Surgeon General Richard Carmona. On the Republican side, former Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman is already in the race and Secretary of State Ken Bennett has had an exploratory committee open since 2011. State Treasurer Doug Ducey is widely viewed as a likely candidate, and Mesa Mayor Scott Smith has said he is considering a run as well.