Fred DuVal, a Phoenix businessman and longtime political figure, is exploring a run for Arizona governor in 2014.
He made the announcement Thursday.
DuVal served on the staff of former Arizona Gov. Bruce Babbitt in the 1980s and as Babbitt's chief of staff after Babbitt became Secretary of the Interior under President Bill Clinton.
He also has served as a Democratic national committeeman and on the Arizona Board of Regents until 2011.
DuVal filed the political committee Fred DuVal Governor 2014 with the Arizona Secretary of State's Office.
DuVal is founder of the National Institute for Civil Discourse at the University of Arizona, serves as a director for the University Medical Center and led efforts to expand the University of Arizona's Cancer Center into Phoenix, according to his biography on the DuVal & Associates website.
DuVal was at the helm of Arizona's 10-year economic development plan as a member of Arizona's Commerce & Economic Development Commission, according to the website. He was also director of intergovernmental affairs in the Clinton administration.
He co-authored the 2005 non-fiction book Calling Arizona Home, a collection of stories about Arizona towns and their history.
DuVal graduated from Occidental College and has a law degree from Arizona State University.
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