Former Mesa mayor Smith files for AZ governor

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Former Mesa Mayor Scott Smith has filed nominating petitions to get on the Republican ballot as a governor's candidate in the Aug. 26 primary.

Smith filed nearly twice the required number of signatures Wednesday needed to qualify for the ballot. He says his more than 10,500 signatures come from all 15 counties.

Smith is the third Republican to officially file qualifying signatures to appear on the ballot, following Secretary of State Ken Bennett and former internet company executive Christine Jones. The remaining Republican hopefuls have until next Wednesday to file.

Fred DuVal is the only Democrat in the race and filed his petitions on May 8.

Smith says he'll campaign on his leadership background in both private business and government. He touts his success shrinking Mesa's budget while increasing services.

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