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DuVal preparing to enter governor’s race

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Fred DuVal said there is a “high probability” that he will officially begin his campaign for governor later this month.

DuVal, a former regent, former Clinton White House aide and longtime Democratic operative, said he expects to file his campaign committee with the Secretary of State’s Office by the end of February.

A web address, www.duvalforgovernor.com, which DuVal said was reserved by a supporter in October, now redirects visitors to www.fred2014.com. The bare-bones website informs visitors that they have reached the future home of fred2014.com.

DuVal told the Arizona Capitol Times that he is moving closer to his official entry into the race. He still has several steps to take before officially forming a campaign committee, he said, including finding a chairman and treasurer, and creating a bank account for his campaign. He said he also has yet to decide whether he will run with public or private campaign funding.

“I’ve reserved it and am inching closer to this, and will probably be looking to file something in the near future, but have not picked a date or kind of ironed that out,” DuVal said. “There’s just a few building blocks that you’ve to go through before you formalize it. And that’s where I find myself.”

House Minority Leader Chad Campbell, D-Phoenix, and former U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona are also considering running for the Democratic nomination for governor in 2014, when incumbent Republican Gov. Jan Brewer is termed out.

On the Republican side, former Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman has already declared his candidacy for governor, and Secretary of State Ken Bennett opened an exploratory committee for the campaign in 2011. State Treasurer Doug Ducey and Mesa Mayor Scott Smith, both Republicans, are also considering runs for governor.

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