Phoenix Business Journal - by Mike Sunnucks
Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard took an anticipated step Friday in his 2010 run for governor.
Goddard, the likely Democratic gubernatorial nominee, has formed an exploratory campaign committee -- the first step in an official run for office.
His move comes a day after Gov. Jan Brewer formally announced she was running for governor next year.
Brewer took office in January after former Gov. Janet Napoltano stepped down to become U.S. secretary of homeland security.
Brewer faces a potentially crowded Republican primary field that includes Paradise Valley Mayor Vernon Parker and could include State Treasurer Dean Martin.
Goddard ran for governor unsuccessfully in 1990 and 1994. He is the son of former Gov. Sam Gordon and served as Phoenix mayor from 1984 to 1990.
Goddard was elected attorney general in 2002 and re-elected in 2006. He has taken a less aggressive approach to immigration than Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and County Attorney Andrew Thomas.
As attorney general, Goddard has gone after some mortgage modification and refinancing firms, but has not pursued large banks. He’s also focused on consumer protection and predatory lending aimed at seniors and Hispanics.