AZ Central | Goddard, Jones, 4 others file for Arizona offices

Terry Goddard hauled in boxes of petitions to the Arizona Secretary of State's Office on April 28, 2014. (Photo: Mary Jo Pitzl/The Republic)

Six candidates took advantage on Monday of the first available filing day to submit their nominating petitions to the Arizona Secretary of State's Office.

• Terry Goddard, a Democratic candidate for secretary of state and former Arizona attorney general, hauled in boxes of petitions on a handcart. Before heading up to the office that he hopes to run next year, Goddard told reporters he believes more voter education would help reduce the ballot pile-up that has delayed election returns in recent elections.

He also said the state needs to crack down on "dark money" — campaign contributions that can't be traced to the original donors because the money is hidden through a chain of non-profits that don't have to disclose their donors. Goddard suggested it might take a ballot measure to outlaw the practice, saying there was only a "weak" effort this year in the Legislature to take on the issue.

Originally posted to on April 29, 2014

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