Treasurer-elect Jeff DeWit: 'I'm really exicted now to go to work for Arizona'

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- "I want to be a treasurer for all the people, newly elected state treasurer Jeff DeWit told 3TV's Javier Soto Wednesday morning.

"I did something that no statewide candidate has ever done," he said. "I qualified [to be on the ballot] in all 15 Arizona counties. ... I actually received more votes than any candidate in Arizona history."

"Part of that is because I was unopposed, which made it a lot easier," he continued with a laugh.

DeWit, a Republican with more than 21 years of financial experience, traveled all over the state to meet with voters and lay out his vision for them.

"It's a huge honor and a huge amount of trust that's been placed in me," he said. "I'm really excited now to go to work for Arizona."

DeWit praised Governor-elect Doug Ducey's workin the office that he will take over.

"He has been a great treasurer and a great public servant for Arizona for the last four years," he said.

A political newcomer, DeWit knows he has a tough job ahead of him.

"We have a huge hurdle in front of us right away with the budget deficit and all of the other problems we have financially," he said. "Everybody wants to tackle this right away. ... I think we have the right team in place and I really believe that this team next year, we'll have come up with some great answers and we'll have done very well for Arizona."

DeWit's campaign website described him as an "investment professional" and "prudent custodian of the funds that were entrusted in his care."