Dozens of Former Arizona Legislators Support Fred DuVal for Governor
Phoenix - Today, thirty former Arizona legislators threw their weight behind Fred DuVal, as he tests the waters in running for Governor. This group includes many people who led the Democratic caucus in the Arizona House or Senate, including Larry Bahill, Jack Brown, Alfredo Gutierrez, Robert McLendon, Jones Osborn, Ed Sawyer, David Schapira and Alan Stephens. These legislators represented residents of Apache, Cochise, Coconino, Graham, Maricopa, Pima, Santa Cruz and Yuma Counties.
“Fred has a commitment to all of Arizona," said Jack Brown, former Democratic Leader. "He has traveled, written about and understands the rural part of our state. He demonstrated that with the Groundwater Act, the creation of the Land department and his leadership in growing state parks statewide. That is critically important for our Governor.”
Former Majority Leader Alfredo Gutierrez pointed to DuVal's experience working in the administration of Arizona Governor Bruce Babbitt, and the successful establishment of the state's Medicaid system, AHCCCS, which today provides insurance to over a million Arizonans. "Fred knew how to leverage the Governor's office with the Democratic caucus in a way that increased our relevance with the GOP leadership," Gutierrez said. "As a result we passed AHCCCS and other major legislation in a bi-partisan way.”
Tucsonan and former Democratic Leader Larry Bahill said, “Fred has always kept his hometown of Tucson in mind as he has worked in the Governor’s Office, the White House and on the Board of Regents. And he has been effective at every job he has taken on. He will be a great Governor.”
"The men and women joining my exploratory committee have broad and deep experience in working for Arizona," said DuVal. "I am grateful that they are behind me, and will call upon them to share their perspective as we reach out to more and more people across Arizona."
Former Arizona legislators supporting DuVal include:
David Funkhouser III
Luis Armando Gonzales
Joe Eddie Lopez