The state treasurer is Arizona's chief financial officer, responsible for holding, investing and disbursing state money. The job calls for prudence, attention to detail and good management.
The treasurer needs an eye for balance sheets, not politics. Business leader Doug Ducey is the strongest Republican candidate for the job.
The former chief executive officer of Cold Stone Creamery honed his organizational skills while overseeing a huge expansion of the franchise that took it across the nation and into 10 other countries. He now is chief investor and chairman at iMemories, which digitizes home movies.
Ducey, making his first run for public office, can bring a fresh and dynamic perspective to state government.
While recognizing that it's not part of the job description, he pledges to help the next governor generate jobs in Arizona with his insight into business and entrepreneurs.
He also aims to improve the AZ Checkbook website, current Treasurer Dean Martin's effort to make state finances more transparent. So far, it's only a framework.
Ducey wants to add the clear, meaningful content that would make this a real tool for legislators and the public.
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