|Samuel Pearson Goddard, III|
|Arizona Secretary of State|
|Elections and appointments|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Attorney General of Arizona|
|Bachelor's||Harvard University (1969)|
|J.D.||Arizona State University College of Law (1976)|
|Years of service||1970-1972|
|Birthday||January 29, 1947|
|Place of birth||Tucson, Arizona|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Political career
- 3 Elections
- 4 Campaign contributions
- 5 Personal
- 6 Recent news
- 7 See also
- 8 External links
- 9 References
Goddard is a candidate for Arizona Secretary of State in the 2014 elections. He announced his bid for the office in late December 2013, and is uncontested for the Democratic nomination in the primary on August 26, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.
Goddard is the son of Samuel Pearson Goddard, Jr., who briefly served as Governor of Arizona in the 1960's, and he has three times sought the chance to follow in his father's footsteps- he ran in the 1990, 1994 and 2010 gubernatorial elections. In 1990, Goddard made his first successful attempt at the Democratic gubernatorial nomination. He was ultimately defeated in a runoff election by Fife Symington, who eventually resigned from the governor’s office in 1997 in the midst of his second term following accusations of bank fraud. Goddard's second bid, in 1994, was less successful; he lost in the primary to Eddie Basha, Jr. After the loss, Goddard served as the state director for the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, a role he maintained until 2002. In the 2010 primary, Goddard ran unchallenged and officially received the party nomination for governor. He went on to lose the contest to Republican incumbent Jan Brewer in the general election on November 2, 2010.
Goddard first entered ventured onto the Arizona political stage in 1982, calling upon members of the Phoenix City Council, all of whom had been elected from districts, to convert to a new system by which they would be chosen by citywide voters. This, in turn, increased the representation of urban minorities within the council, allowing them to elect individuals from their home areas. It is in large part to his efforts to get this measure passed that resulted in him being elected Mayor of Phoenix in 1984. Goddard remained in that position until 1990, being re-elected four times in the process.
Goddard was born in Tucson, Arizona. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in American history from Harvard University in 1969, and went on to earn his J.D. from Arizona State University College of Law in 1976.
Prior to receiving his law degree, Goddard joined the United States Navy and served a two-year active tour of duty term. Upon graduating from law school, he practiced private law as an assistant to the Arizona Attorney General's Office, targeting white collar crimes, until 1982.
- President/Board Member, National League of Cities (1985-1990)
- Board, United States Conference of Mayors (1985-1990)
- Trustee, National Trust for Historic Preservation (1992-2001)
- Board Member, Arizona Theater Company (1992-present)
- Board Member, Benton Foundation (1999-present)
- Board Member, Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco (1995-1999)
- Board, Central Arizona Project (2001-2003)
- Board Member, Arizona Housing, Incorporated
- Board Member, Kronos Longevity Research Institute
- Board Member, Meta Services
- Bachelor's degree in American history - Harvard University (1969)
- Juris Doctorate - Arizona State University College of Law (1976)
Attorney General (2002-2010)
Goddard ran successfully for Attorney General in 2002, receiving over fifty percent of the popular vote.
As attorney general, Goddard directed the office's attention toward cracking down on cyber crimes, predatory lending, consumer fraud and false advertising. Notable cases include prosecution of Property Tax Review Board, Inc., a California-based company Goddard claimed was attempting "to scam homeowners who were looking to reduce their property tax bill" by suggesting their property was qualified for a property tax reduction review and a $5 million in restitution suit “alleging deceptive business and debt litigation practices against national payday lender Quik Cash.” Goddard was also a proponent of the Arizona Meth Project, a large-scale prevention program aimed at significantly reducing first-time meth use through the use of public service messaging, public policy initiatives and community outreach. He claimed that thanks to the program the state has successfully "cut the use by teenagers of methamphetamines in half in just two years."
- See also: Arizona gubernatorial election, 2010
After launching an exploratory committee several months before, Goddard made his entry into the Arizona gubernatorial election official on January 22, 2010. Prior to becoming the attorney general, he had twice failed to be elected to the state's executive office despite being the son of a former governor. Goddard remained the only Democratic candidate vying for the position and therefore automatically claimed the party's nomination in the race.
A Rasmussen poll published in late-January 2010 showed that in a head-to-head match-up with the top two Republican candidates Arizona gubernatorial contest, out of the ten who had announced their entry into the primary race, Goddard stood the best chance of success against incumbent Jan Brewer, former Arizona Secretary of State who became governor of the state following the resignation of Janet Napolitano in January 2009. His lead over Brewer, however, was only by two percentage points, well within the margin of error.
But then in April 2010, around the time the state's anti-illegal immigration measure, SB 1070, began making national headlines, the contest started tipping in Brewer's favor. From that point on Goddard was never able to regain the momentum he once had at the begin. On election day, he lost to Brewer by double-digit percentage points.
The June 2008 Survey and Scorecard report published by the embattled liberal political organization, ACORN, gave Goddard an A letter grade. The report was published to shine the spotlight on state attorneys general "leading the fight to protect homeowners from joining the flood of Americans losing their homes to foreclosure," so says the group. The grade distributed to the individual attorneys general "generally broke down along party lines," with the exception of Louisiana's Buddy Caldwell.
John Paul Mitchell, an independent candidate who ran for governor of Arizona in 2010, accused Attorney General Goddard of making "a severe violation" of the state's resign-to-run law when he filed paperwork to form an exploratory committee, the first step in an expected run for the governor's seat in November 2010. Arizona's resign-to-run law, approved by the voters in 1980, "prohibits statewide elected officials from declaring candidacy for other offices before the end of their term’s last year." Goddard called the claim a "political stunt" and argues the law does not apply to exploratory committees.
Republican Governor of Arizona Jan Brewer was expected to call a special session of the State Legislature to request permission to sue the federal government on the state's behalf over the federal health care reform measure's mandate requiring every individual in the country to purchase insurance. The reasoning behind this was that Terry Goddard, the Democratic State Attorney General, had chosen not to join fourteen other states in filing suit against the federal government over health care reform, believing the litigation to have "little chance of prevailing." Both Brewer and Goddard were candidates in the 2010 state's gubernatorial race - Goddard the Democratic nominee as opposed to Brewer who faced a heavily competitive Republican primary contest.
Speaking in late-March 2010 at the Tucson Tea Party sponsored by Americans for Prosperity, both State Representative Vic Williams and State Senator Al Melvin vowed to include the state of Arizona in the fight against the federal mandate on health care. With the special session of the State Legislature, they intended to give Brewer the authority to request that Attorney General Goddard investigate the legality of a suit against the federal legislation; if he refused again, they would give her the authority to sue on the state's behalf instead. Goddard referred to this special session of the State Legislature as a "shameful stunt to score political points and to divert attention from the very serious financial problems that Arizona faced."
On Tuesday, March 30, 2010, both the Arizona State Senate Judiciary Committee and the State House Appropriations Committee voted, strictly on party lines, in favor of granting Governor Jan Brewer's request to give her the authority to challenge the federal health care overhaul in court.
Two days after the Arizona State Senate passed Senate Bill 1070 - The Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act, more commonly known as Arizona SB 1070, State Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Terry Goddard came out strongly in opposition to the measure. The Act, which, at the time, still awaited the signature of Governor Jan Brewer before officially becoming law, made it a state misdemeanor crime for an alien to be in Arizona without carrying proper citizenship papers required by federal law, authorized state and local law enforcement of federal immigration laws, and cracked down on those sheltering, hiring and transporting illegal aliens into the United States. Goddard argued that not only did SB 1070 do "nothing to improve border security or address the core issues of illegal immigration," but it would "take law enforcement resources away from stopping more serious crimes." He expressed hope that Governor Brewer would veto the legislation.
On Friday, April 23, 2010, SB 1070 received the signature of Governor Brewer and became state law; the measure went into effect on Wednesday, July 28. A month later, Goddard met with United States Attorney General Eric Holder to try and persuade the federal government not to file suit against the state in order to stop SB 1070 from being enforced. While Arizona's top law enforcer vowed a "vigorous defense if the Justice Department sued the state over the new law," conservative critics questioned his motives, believing that he wanted to court Hispanic voters for his 2010 gubernatorial campaign.
Governor Brewer, believing there to be a conflict of interest for the State Attorney General over the issue, "suspended him from performing any work related to the law." She sent a formal letter to his office on Monday, June 14, 2010, requesting that he step aside on the matter and that she had "already hired outside counsel from the Phoenix law firm Snell & Wilmer to defend her in the suits" filed by the Obama administration and other opponents of the anti-illegal immigration law. Though he promised to defend a law he disagrees with, as he had done in the past, he formally withdrew from participating in the suits on Friday, June 18, 2010.
- See also: Arizona gubernatorial election, 2010
|2010 Race for Governor - General Election|
|Republican Party||Jan Brewer||54.6%|
|Democratic Party||Terry Goddard||42.2%|
|Libertarian Party||Barry J. Hess||2.2%|
|Green Party||Larry Gist||0.9%|
|2006 Race for Attorney General - General Election|
|Democratic Party||Terry Goddard||60.2%|
|Republican Party||Bill Montgomery||39.8%|
|2002 Race for Attorney General - General Election|
|Democratic Party||Terry Goddard||51.9%|
|Republican Party||Andrew P. Thomas||45.0%|
|Libertarian Party||Ed Kahn||3.1%|
|2006 Race for Attorney General - Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Primary Opponent||N/A|
|Total Raised by Gen. Election Opponent||$263,302|
|Top 5 Contributors|| Public Fund $238,467 (91.20% of Total)|
| A. J. Pfister $120 (0.05%)|
| Tom Chauncey $120 (0.05%)|
| Paul Durham $120 (0.05%)|
|Allison Bertrand $120 (0.05%)|
|Individuals v. Institutions||N/A|
|In v. Outside State||$260,847 (99.3%)|
Goddard currently resides in Phoenix, Arizona with his wife, Monica, and their son, Kevin. He is also a practicing Unitarian Universalist.
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- Arizona Secretary of State
- Arizona secretary of state election, 2014
- Attorney General of Arizona
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- Goddard for Governor Campaign website
- Terry Goddard's Twitter account
- Terry Goddard on YouTube
- Terry Goddard on Flickr
- Project Vote Smart - Terry Goddard biography
- Verde News, "Former AG Goddard to run for Arizona Secretary of State," January 2, 2014
- Arizona Capitol-Times, "Goddard will run for secretary of state," December 30, 2014
- KGUN - Channel 9 "Terry Goddard officially a candidate for governor" 24 Jan. 2010
- Arizona Secretary of State - 2010 Primary Election Results
- Arizona RealEstateRama, "Terry Goddard Files Lawsuit to Stop Alleged Property Tax Scam" 17 Aug. 2009
- KGUN 9 "Terry Goddard Sues Major Payday Lender for Deceptive Practices" 9 Dec. 2009
- Washington Post, "A Conversation With Terry Goddard, Attorney General of Arizona" 5 April, 2009
- National Review Online, "Arizona's New Republican Governor... Jan Brewer? Thanks, President-Elect Obama" 20 Nov. 2008
- Rasmussen Reports, "Governor of Arizona: Martin (R) Runs Best Against Goddard (D)" 25 Jan. 2010
- Rasmussen Reports, "Election 2010: Governor of Arizona: Goddard Loses Ground to All GOP Hopefuls" 21 April, 2010
- ACORN "Attorneys General Take Action: Real Leadership in Fighting Foreclosures" June 2008
- Majority in Mississippi, "Jim Hood Received An “A” From ACORN In 2008" 17 Sept. 2009
- Freedom Arizona, "Terry Goddard Violates Resign-To-Run Law" 6 Nov. 2009
- The Arizona Republic, "Brewer, Goddard divided on suing feds" 25 March, 2010
- YouTube, "Arizona to Sue Over Obamacare" 25 March, 2010
- Hot Air, "AZ AG refuses to file suit against individual mandate" 26 March, 2010
- KPHO Phoenix, "Goddard Blasts Brewer On Healthcare" 29 March, 2010
- INO.com News, "Ariz. Senate committee approves health care suit" 31 March, 2010
- KSAZ FOX 10 "Arizona AG Against Immigration Enforcement Bill" 21 April, 2010
- Phoenix New Times, "Terry Goddard to Eric Holder: Don't Sue Us Over SB 1070, Pretty-Please" 28 May, 2010
- Town Hall, "Ariz. Governor Suspends Democratic Attorney General Who Doesn't Want To Enforce Immigration Law" 2 June, 2010
- AZ Central, "Brewer asks Goddard not to defend immigration law" 14 June, 2010
- Hot Air, "Arizona’s Democratic attorney general withdraws from defending immigration law" 18 June, 2010
- AZ Central, "Goddard withdraws as lawyer in immigration suits" 18 June, 2010
- Phoenix New Times, "Obama To Sue, Terry Goddard Withdraws over SB 1070" 18 June, 2010
- Arizona Secretary of State - 2010 General Election Results
- Arizona Secretary of State - Official Results of 2006 Primary Election
- Arizona Secretary of State - Official Results of 2006 General Election
- Arizona Secretary of State - Official Results of 2002 Primary Election
- Arizona Secretary of State - Official Results 2002 General Election
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