About Fred Duval

Born Fred .P DuVal on May 24 1954, he is an author, civic leader and businessman who recently ran for the Arizona gubernatorial seat. He was the unsuccessful nominee for the seat for the Democratic Party. We take a look at a brief profile of DuVal.


He graduated from Tucson High School and went on to receive his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Occidental College. In his time at the university, he was chosen as a Luce Scholar. DuVal received a law degree from the Arizona state university.

Political profile

DuVal was the chairman of the state of Arizona board of regents, a post he was appointed to by former governor Janet Napolitano. He also served as the advisor to another former governor, Bruce Babbitt over the tenure of his governorship and in his bid for the 1998 presidency. DuVal also has also served in Bill Clinton’s white house as the deputy chief of protocol in 1993. DuVal was instrumental in the national tobacco settlement, the American Indian gaming rights and section 638.

DuVal ran for the gubernatorial seat in the 2014 elections having been an uncontested candidate for the state’s democratic nomination. He however lost to the current governor, Doug Ducey. His campaign had been endorsed by former governors Raul Castro and Rose Mofford, congressman Ed Pastor and Jim Pederson, the former DP chair. DuVal also served as treasurer to the Democratic Governors Association for two years.

Pickens Plan

DuVal has made great contributions towards the use of alternative energy. At Clean Energy, he was able to coordinate the early phases of the Pickens Plan, a bold energy policy proposal that seeks to reduce American independence on foreign oil by putting in place wind farms to generate electricity. This would leave the country’s available natural gas to be used to fuel trucks and other heavy gas-dependent machines. The plan required an investment of approximately 1 trillion dollars. read more

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List of Arizona Governors

Arizona was the last contiguous state to be admitted to the union in 1912. Before then it was known as Arizona territory for 49 years after being formed from the New Mexico Territory. Here is a complete list of those that have held the Arizona Governor’s office since 1912.

Doulas Ducey (2015-Date)

Popularly known as Doug Ducey, he is the 23rd governor of the state of Arizona and assumed office in January 2015. He was the former executive officer of Cold Stone Creamery before he together with his partner sold the business. He had also served as the state’s treasurer before running for governor.

Jan Brewer (2009-2015)

Born Janice Kay Brewer in 1944, she was the 22nd governor of Arizona. Jan was an author and was the fourth woman to hold the Arizona governor’s office. Prior to her election, she was the state’s secretary succeeding Janet Napolitano.

Janet Napolitano (2003-2009)

The former attorney general of Arizona is also a well known lawyer and administrator. She was the 21st governor of Arizona and resigned when she became the United States Secretary of Homeland Security. She is currently the president of the University of California system.

Jane Dee Hull (1997-2003)

She is the oldest living former governor of Arizona. She was an educator before assuming the governor’s office in 1997 after her predecessor Fife Symington resigned from office. She was then elected and remained governor for the full term till 2003. She was the first woman to be elected to the office in Arizona.

Fife Symington (1991-1997)

Born in the year 1945, Symington is an American businessman and former politician. He served in the air force before being elected to office. The 19th governor of Arizona was elected to serve two terms but resigned in 1997 following charges of bank fraud and extortion. read more

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Cutting out politics from drawing districts -The case of Arizona

Voters in Arizona have succeeded in removing politics from the district redrawing process that happens once every ten years. The success of this is measured by an analysis of inequities among districts in the nation. The state of Arizona is among the top states in reducing unequal representation. In the 2016 election, republicans took five of the nine available congressional seats showing just how much the cast votes are split between the two parties.

However, the redistricting process, overseen by a panel made of five members was still largely political and rife with disputes with the members of the Republican Party crying foul over the maps that were adopted prior to the 2012 general election. One of the republicans said the inequity analysis carried out by Associated Press does not take into consideration the federal voting rights law which requires that of the nine districts in the state, two will enable the minority groups to elect lawmakers. However, these are largely democratic and he therefore argues that this law left the redistricting commission with only 7 districts to allocate the republicans.

Chad Campbell (a democrat) however, commenting on the republican’s remarks called them ludicrous. He was of the view that the republicans were out to politicize the process and argued that from whichever perspective the results were viewed, they were “pretty reflective of the population of the state”. The new analysis is designed to detect partisan advantage specifically pointing cases in which a single party wins, widens or retains its grip on power by means of gerrymandering. read more

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Why is Arizona a Republican State?

The state of Arizona has always been almost a battleground state but never really became one. The Maricopa County, carrying most of the votes has always voted republican but is not dominantly republican, the rest of the counties are also split between democrats, republicans and independents. Despite all these factors however, the state still leans towards republican. We take a look at why.

Maricopa County

This county carries more than 60% of Arizona’s electorate implying that the candidate that carries Maricopa almost always wins in Arizona. To get this into perspective, The County has voted for a republican president every single election year since 1952. However, what makes matter more confusing is the fact that the current mayor of Phoenix is a democrat. Needless to say, the county is home to Phoenix which is the country’s fourth most populous city. The numbers there really do speak for themselves.

Election patterns

A brief look at the election history of Arizona shows a bias towards republican as compared to democrats. The governors and presidential candidates have always been favored when on the republican side. In Obama against Romney for example, the latter was a strong favorite to carry Arizona meaning that the state is not a true competitive state yet perhaps due to the voting patterns of certain groups. When democrats win in Arizona, it’s usually by a very small margin as was the case with the victories of Bill Clinton, George W Bush and Harry Truman in 1948.

The suburbs in major cities

The largest city in Arizona (Phoenix) skews towards democrats. However, the surrounding suburbs such as Mesa, Chandler and Scottsdale are known to be strongly republican. This is in addition to the significantly large Mormon community in the region known as the East Valley. Add this to the dominance of the republicans in the South Eastern and Western regions and the entire state seems to lean towards republican. read more

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