Fred DuVal, the presumptive Democratic nominee for the 2014 governor’s race, filed more than 10,000 signatures to qualify for the ballot.
DuVal emphasized that his signatures were collected solely by volunteers, which he said reflects the strong grassroots movement behind his campaign. Democratic candidates must file at least 4,804 valid signatures to get on the ballot.
The former Arizona Board of Regents chairman and longtime Democratic politico is running virtually unopposed for his party’s nomination. He will face the winner of a crowded Republican primary that includes Secretary of State Ken Bennett, state Treasurer Doug Ducey, former GoDaddy executive Christine Jones, Sen. Al Melvin, former California Congressman Frank Riggs, former Mesa Mayor Scott Smith and former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas.
DuVal wouldn’t speculate on who will win the GOP primary. But he said he believes he can overcome the traditional disadvantage that Democrats face among the state’s Republican electorate. DuVal noted that Democrats have won two of the last three gubernatorial races and currently hold the majority of Arizona’s congressional seats, which he said indicates that voters care more about ideas than party labels.
“They care about forward versus backward. They want leadership that’s going to make change, that’s going to give them the kind of opportunity that they’re seeking,” DuVal told reporters as he prepared to bring his signatures to the Secretary of State’s Office. “They will vote for candidates, not for party people. I’m about solutions. I’m about change. I’m about a vision for Arizona that expands opportunity and increases the quality of our jobs and increases our educational quality.”