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Saturday, July 30, 2005
(R) Don Goldwater, nephew of the late Sen. Barry Goldwater, will seek nomination to challenge Gov. Janet Napolitano (D-AZ)
Mood:  energetic
Topic: News

Goldwater nephew to seek GOP nomination for Arizona governor

One of the biggest names in the history of Arizona politics is joining the 2006 race for governor.

One of the biggest surnames, actually.

Republican Party activist Don Goldwater, a nephew of the late U.S. Sen. Barry Goldwater, confirmed Friday he will seek his party's nomination to challenge Democratic Gov. Janet Napolitano.

Goldwater declined to elaborate in advance of news conferences planned for Tuesday in Sun City West, Phoenix and Tucson. Goldwater's candidacy was reported first by the Arizona Capitol Times.

Barry Goldwater, who died in 1998, helped found the modern Republican Party in Arizona and served five terms as U.S. senator before retiring in 1987. A leading conservative nationally, he was the Republican Party's nominee in 1964, a race he lost to Lyndon Johnson.

Don Goldwater, 50, serves as Republican Party chairman for a legislative district that includes his residence in Laveen, an unincorporated community on Phoenix's southwestern outskirts. He is a former board member of the Goldwater Institute, a Phoenix think tank with libertarian leanings.

Goldwater resigned effective Thursday as special events coordinator for the Arizona Department of Administration.

He'll join a still-developing field of Republicans seeking the party's 2006 gubernatorial nomination.

Former state Senate President John Greene, a fiscal conservative and social moderate, has announced his candidacy. Current Senate President Ken Bennett, a conservative from Prescott, has said he intends to announce within several weeks whether he will formally explore a bid for governor. State Rep. Russell Pearce, R-Mesa, has said he may also run.

Several prominent Republicans have decided against challenging Napolitano, a Democrat who won a narrow victory in 2002 but who enjoys strong poll ratings.

KVOA / NBC 4 - Tuscon, AZ ~ Associated Press ** Goldwater nephew to seek GOP nomination for Arizona governor

Posted by uhyw at 12:01 AM EDT

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