Dean Martin suspends his campaign for Arizona governor

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By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron

PHOENIX – State Treasurer Dean Martin has dropped out of the Arizona governor race.

Martin announced he was suspending his campaign for governor of the State of Arizona via a news release on Friday afternoon.

In the news release, Martin says, “It has been an honor to serve the people of Arizona. Public service takes dedication and many long hours to accomplish the business of the people who elected us.”

He goes on to say,  “During a time when the Obama Administration has filed a frivolous lawsuit against our great state, a budget deficit is looming, and our economy is still shaky, I feel a contested primary would be a distraction.”

Martin also says he urges Governor Jan Brewer to file a lawsuit against the federal government for the costs of not securing the United States-Mexico border.

Martin thanks the volunteers who have been part of his campaign since January. He also says that Gov. Brewer is going to need all the help she can get to defend Arizona from the federal government and “it is our duty to stand together as Arizona residents against intrusive federal bureaucracy.”

Martin will no longer be the Arizona state treasurer in December but he says he will continue to serve the community in other ways. He says he plans to focus on the charitable foundation Martin Charities in order to continue the spirit of service of his late wife Kerry in water safety and financial literacy.