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Bennett is 1st to file for AZ governor's race

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Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett (Source: Secretary of State's office) Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett (Source: Secretary of State's office)
PHOENIX (CBS5/AP) -

Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett has become the first candidate for governor to officially file papers to appear on the primary ballot.

Bennett filed signatures and more than enough $5 contributions from voters on Thursday to qualify for the August Republican primary ballot if they are all confirmed. He ended up filing of more than 8,600 signatures and in excess of 5,400 qualifying contributions.

Arizona requires a minimum of 5,651 valid petition signatures to qualify for the ballot.

Bennett was able to file before the official opening at the end of the month because he's running under the state's clean elections law. He'll qualify for more than $750,000 in public financing for the primary race.

Participating candidates are prohibited from raising money from PACs, corporations, political parties and labor unions.

Others seeking the GOP nomination are Mesa Mayor Scott Smith, state Treasurer Doug Ducey, former GoDaddy legal counsel Christine Jones, state Sen. Al Melvin, former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas and former California Congressman Frank Riggs.

Fred DuVal is only well-known Democratic candidate.

Copyright 2014 CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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