PHOENIX — Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R), who clashed with the Obama administration over immigration and once wagged her finger at the president on an airport tarmac, said Wednesday that she will not run for reelection, ending speculation about whether she would seek a third term.
Arizona governors are limited to serving two terms at the state’s helm. But Brewer, 69, rose from the position of Arizona secretary of state to take over mid-term in 2009 from Janet Napolitano, a Democrat who left to head the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. There had been speculation that Brewer could run on grounds that she had not served two complete terms.
Announcing her decision at a school in the Phoenix suburb of Glendale that her sons once attended, Brewer said she thought it was time to “pass the torch of leadership.”