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Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer won't seek third term

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"I will no longer be governor after this year, I will remain a proud cheerleader and champion for this awesome state that I love so dearly," said Governor Jan brewer.

Governor Jan brewer secret is out. She will not seek a third term in office.

The Governor says she won't seek another term, she also said her veto pen has plenty of ink so she is planning on doing more work.

She made the announcement at Park Meadows Elementary school in North Phoenix. That's where she sent two of her kids and says where she was inspired to get into politics after attending a school board meeting there more than three decades ago. So it is fitting that she announcing the end of her political career in the spot where it all began.

"Serving as Governor has been the privilege and pleasure of my life," said Gov. Brewer.

In a gymnasium packed with students and teachers Brewer threw in the towel ending a 30 year career in politics.

"There does come a time to pass the torch of leadership. So, after completing this term in office, I will be doing just that," she said.

The Governor was first sworn in back in 2009. After then Governor Janet Napolitano left for the Obama administration. She was elected to a second term in 2010. Arizona law limits governors to two terms and Brewer had expressed interest in serving for a third term but to do so would no doubt require a long legal battle, a battle that it appears she is not willing to fight.

"I can assure you I'm not going anywhere any time soon. I will work until my final hours completing the people's business on behalf of the great state," she said.

Nobody can say the Governor's five years in office has been predictable. Her unwavering support of senate bill 1070 drew praise and the wrath of opponents but she wasn't afraid to go against her own party. She lobbied hard to expand the state's medicaid program and supported prop 100, the one cent sales tax increase back in 2010.

"You don't count out this governor. She has surprised us all before. Having said that, I think there was an expectation this announcement would be coming today," said matt Benson.

Matt Benson and two other former spokespeople were in the crowd and talked to FOX 10 after the announcement.

"The roots she has in this community are very deep. I think it was very emotional for her to do this," said Tasya Peterson.

FOX 10 asked Paul Sensemen if he thought the Governor considered running again.

"She considered it. She is very careful and methodical in her decision making process. She was with this decision as well," said Sensemen.

Many experts agree the Governor would have had a very hard time getting around the two term limits law. Those close to her say she hopes to be an influential force in Arizona politics and all of those men vying to replace her as governor will soon be lining up seeking her endorsement.

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