GUEST: Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett Ken, has filed paperwork to form an exploratory committee for the 2014 Arizona gubernatorial race. The news was confirmedafter Bennett sentout this blast on Twitter: "Before you hear it from somewhere else, I formed an exploratory committee for Governor in 2014. Newt got the idea from Ken. For 25 years, he has fought on behalf of conservative, traditional American values. From the Prescott City Council to the Arizona State Senate to his current post asSecretary of State, Ken Bennett has earned a reputation for common sense leadership and putting people first. Ken became Secretary of State in January 2009. He quickly moved to toughen penalties against petition fraud, addressing one of the biggest problems facing Arizona elections. In 2010, Ken spearheaded legislation that ensuresvoters are notified when corporations or unions attempt to influence their vote in candidate elections. Disclosure, transparency, accountability – these are his priorities.
Ken’s Arizona roots run deep. His great grandparents were pioneers in Douglas,Gilbert and Glendale. Ken returned to office in 1999 with his election to the state Senate. He served four termsrepresenting Legislative District 1, from 1999 to 2007, before being term-limited from office.Ken’s final four years were as Senate president, an honor bestowed upon him by fellowSenators who recognized his single-minded drive: To make government work.What else would you expect from an Eagle Scout? In 2007, Ken received the Polly Rosenbaum Award from the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records. He was born in 1959 in Tucson, and grew up in Prescott. Ken attended Yavapai College and Arizona State University, He graduated in 1984 with a degree in accounting. He returned to make his home in Prescott, and was elected to the City Council the very next year.
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