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Former East Valley mayor running for governor

PHOENIX -- Former Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman left office last year with a goal in mind -- the 2014 governor's race.

Hallman said he knew he was going to run for an office where he could make the most difference on two fronts statewide -- the economy and education. He feels both are underperforming.

"Education is an area where we should put more effort and getting better results and it's not always about money. On the economy, Arizona should be the nations top performing state," he said.

Hallman, a Republican, served two terms directing Tempe City Hall. He said he felt he could only do so much to affect the East Valley city's future.

"If I was going to seek the governor's office, I didn't think it proper to retain the office of mayor," he said.

He's also an attorney and economist and served as headmaster of Tempe Preparatory Academy.

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Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite food: Steak and shrimp, and any food on campouts.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Favorite news memory: The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. The 2007 Southern California Firestorm and being at Sky Harbor Airport when the first plane lifted off several days after 9-11. Seeing the American flag on the tail of the Salt Lake City-bound Delta airliner as it took off still gives me goosebumps.

Favorite movies: True Grit, both 1969 John Wayne classic and the remake with Jeff Bridges -- which was outstanding --, Lonesome Dove.

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First concert: KISS/Cheap Trick 1977 Spokane, WA Coliseum.

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