Two candidates for state offices - Republican Christine Jones and Democrat Terry Goddard - have filed nominating petition signatures with the Arizona Secretary of State’s office Monday morning.

A former GoDaddy executive, Jones filed over 17,000 signatures - more than three times the minimum number of signatures required - in order to qualify on the Republican primary ballot for Governor this fall.

Current Secretary of State Ken Bennett filed similar paperwork last month.

Jones first announced her candidacy last year in October.

The pair are expected to be in a crowded Republican primary fight with current State Treasurer Doug Ducey, State Senator Al Melvin and former Mesa Mayor Scott Smith have formally announced they are running but have yet to file their qualifying signatures.

Jones will rely on traditional financing, while Bennett will participate in the publicly-financed Clean Elections program.

Goddard submitted over 9,000 signatures to qualify as a Democratic candidate this fall and more than 3,300 Clean Elections contributions to participate in the program. 

The former state attorney general became a candidate for secretary of state roughly seven weeks ago.

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