Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) announced Wednesday that she won’t seek reelection.
Brewer made the announcement at a press conference at Park Meadows Elementary School in Glendale, Arizona, according to the Arizona Republic.
“There does come a time to pass the torch of leadership,” Brewer said. “After completing this year in office, I will do just that.”
Brewer’s announcement ends speculation that she might have decided to run for another term even though Arizona governors are limited to two terms.
Brewer, however, had previously indicated that she might seek another term in office saying that Arizona law was ambiguous toward her situation, given that she succeeded Janet Napolitano when Napolitano resigned to join President Barack Obama’s cabinet as secretary of Homeland Security. Brewer finished Napolitano’s term before running for another full, four year term.
“I have been encouraged by people in the community —people who I respect, and others who I don’t even know— wanting me to take a look into what really constitutes a term,” Brewer said in an interview with The Arizona Republic.
Brewer’s decision does not leave Republicans without a candidate. There are a handful of Republicans seeking the nomination for governor. Former Arizona Board of Regents member Fred DuVal is the likely Democratic nominee for governor.