Former Arizona Governors Babbitt, Mofford and Castro Endorse Fred DuVal
April 11, 2013
Phoenix — Former Governors Raul Castro, Rose Mofford and Bruce Babbitt today announced their support for Fred DuVal, who is exploring a run for Governor.
Raul H. Castro was Arizona’s fourteenth Governor, serving from 1975 to 1977. Castro, who was born in Mexico and became a US Citizen as an adult, was also a noted diplomat, who served as US Ambassador to Argentina, Bolivia and El Salvador. He is the oldest living former Governor in America. Bruce Babbitt was Arizona’s sixteenth Governor, serving from 1978 to 1987. Babbitt twice won election after having finished the term of Wesley Bolin. He also served as Arizona Attorney General and Secretary of the US Dept. of the Interior, from 1993 to 2001.
Rose Mofford served as Arizona’s 18th Governor, and was our state’s first female Governor. Before ascending to the executive post in the aftermath of Evan Mecham’s impeachment, Mofford won three statewide elections as Secretary of State.
“I was Arizona’s governor back when we were growing, building and improving,” said Bruce Babbitt. “We got a lot of big things done, and Fred was a key part of the team. He helped stake out the common ground with the legislature and the Reagan Administration when we were passing AHCCCS–and today, that means health insurance for more than a million Arizonans. I couldn’t have done it without him. How do I describe Fred? Energetic, capable, and most of all, no ego. That’s what it takes to get things done.”
“One thing I knew when I was Governor was that it is essential to talk to people all over the state–not only in the 30 square blocks from the Capitol to downtown Phoenix,” said Raul Castro. “Fred has lived his life all across Arizona, starting with a childhood in Tucson. He has been to every county, many times, and he listens to people when they speak. Fred knows that leadership takes humility as well as confidence.”
“So many of the challenges facing our future can be solved by looking to our past,” said Fred DuVal. “That’s why the votes of confidence from Governors Castro, Mofford and Babbitt mean so much. I will strive to live up to the example set by all three of them, who served our state and our country honorably for many years.”
Arizona business and education leader Fred DuVal established a committee to explore running for Governor on February 14, 2013. DuVal has 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. When he announced the formation of his exploratory committee, DuVal cited “stalled growth and vanishing jobs” as trends that are “slowly closing the gates of opportunity on our next generation.” Calling for a “clear strategy to attract jobs of the future and make changes to ensure our prosperity,” DuVal began visiting communities across Arizona.
Fred DuVal graduated from Tucson High School. He received a B.A. from Occidental College and received a degree in law from Arizona State University. He is married to Jennifer Hecker DuVal and has two sons. Learn more at www.Fred2014.com.