Republican candidate Al Melvin speaks Monday night at Pima Community College Northwest Campus for a debate put on by the Arizona Citizens Clean Election Commission.

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The GOP race is becoming a crowded field as Sen. Al Melvin, R-District 11, has announced that he is forming an exploratory committee.

Melvin, a three-term senator, said his motivation for exploring the state's top position comes 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," Melvin said. "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."

Melvin, who retired from the U.S. Navy, has been pushing for state vouchers inside the school system.

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