EXPLORATORY COMMITTEE FOR GOVERNOR
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 22nd, 2013
For more information: Constantin Querard – (480) 703-8145
State Senator Al Melvin Forms Exploratory
Committee for 2014 Governor’s Race
PHOENIX – Republican State Senator Al Melvin announced today that he was
forming an Exploratory Committee to explore a campaign for Governor of
The third-term Senator made it clear that his motivation for exploring came from
both his frustration with the lack of progress being made and a genuine optimism
for Arizona’s future.
“We have been blessed with some hard-working reform-minded
legislatures during my time here, but we have failed to make the kind of
progress that the people of Arizona deserve because too many elected
officials are content to think small and act small.”
“Arizona is capable of real greatness if we elect leaders who are willing to
be bold, even if it comes with political risk or at a political cost. We need to
offer real reform, real proposals to create growth on a massive scale, an
impassioned defense of our state’s rights in the face of an everencroaching
federal government, and education reform that finally and
firmly shifts the power away from bureaucracies and into the hands of
parents where it belongs. That is the plan that I will offer and I look forward
to traveling around Arizona and determining what kind of support there is
for a candidate who offers that bold vision.”
Melvin serves as Chairman of the Commerce, Energy and Military Committee
and founded the highly successful Mining Caucus and Tourism Caucus. He has
had a long business career in international trade and transportation, is a
graduate of the US Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, NY and received his
MBA degree from Thunderbird-School of Global Management in Glendale, AZ.
Prior to his election to the Senate, he taught college level courses as an adjunct,
in economics, international business and management.
Melvin is a military veteran and graduate of the US Naval War College. He was
awarded the Legion of Merit, a distinguished service medal, for his service as
Commander of COMPSRONTWO, then the largest ship squadron in the US
Navy (14 ships) based at the island of Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean. In 1999,
after 30 years in the US Naval Reserve, he retired as a Navy Captain, the
equivalent of a full colonel.
He is a member of the VFW, American Legion, Military Officers of America and
other military related organizations. Sen. Melvin is a life Member of the NRA
(National Rifle Association). He is a member of the Elks, Rotary and Knights of
Columbus, and he remains a proud Eagle Scout (class of ’61).
Al and his wife Kou reside in SaddleBrooke in Pinal County, just north of Tucson
and attend St. Christopher Catholic Church in Marana.
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