Arizona business and education leader Fred DuVal marks Arizona Statehood Day with Decision to Explore Run for Governor
Fred DuVal Governor 2014
On Statehood Day, February 14, Fred DuVal launched the exploratory committee Fred DuVal Governor 2014. His committee is comprised of individuals from across Arizona—Phoenix, Tucson and rural Arizona— representing a cross section of perspectives, but united by one idea: it is time to renew Arizona.
Fred held leadership positions in the Arizona Governor's Office, the White House, Arizona's public university system and in the private sector where he was credited with solving big problems for middle class families.
Arizona’s politicians have failed to adequately plan for the future. Investment in Arizona has suffered resulting in education cuts, stalled growth and vanishing jobs. The lack of clear strategy among today’s state leaders has cost Arizona opportunities for the future.
Arizona’s progress was made possible by our respect for each other and our commitment to the greater good. Everyone was at the table, everyone asked to help, and everyone was given a fair shot at success. That was Arizona’s promise. This is what we need to renew.
Over the past 35 years Fred has worked on complex matters—health care, education, economic development and energy—at the state level with Governor’s Babbitt and Napolitano, at the federal level for President Clinton and in the private sector.
As Chairman of the Arizona Board of Regents, the governing authority for Arizona’s public universities, Fred demanded new accountability and performance from the universities while preventing increases in the cost of tuition.
Most recently, while leading his own consulting firm, Fred helped to coordinate the "Pickens Plan" - a nonpartisan, national issue campaign promoted by Texas businessman T. Boone Pickens. The Pickens Plan worked to reduce America's dependence on foreign oil by developing wind and natural gas as abundant energy resources.
Fred believes Arizona has always been an optimistic, forward-looking state and now more than ever, we need everyone at the table. Such collaborative values exist in our leaders, citizens and residents but are not cultivated nor reflected in our current government.
The exploratory committee, which listed the Honorable Daniel Valenzuela as Chairman and CC Goldwater as Treasurer, supports Fred’s focus on setting bigger goals for Arizona that will only come with a more open, fair and tolerant society: workforce skills for the global economy, a more strategic, accountable and investmentoriented public sector and a more robust and competitive business climate.
Fred is a problem solver who has demonstrated a life-long record of cutting through gridlock and finding common ground. At a time of broken government and lack of civility, voters are looking for leaders like Fred—people who can get important things done.
Fred graduated from Tucson High School. He received a B.A. fromOccidental Collegewhere he was selected as a Luce Scholar and received a degree in law fromArizona State University.
Fred is married to Jennifer Hecker DuVal and has two sons.
Learn more at www.Fred2014.com and Like Fred at www.Facebook.com/FredDuVal2014
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