Posted 6:12 p.m. MST
By Nico Santos
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer stopped by Yuma Tuesdayto support a republican candidate as her endorsement for the next governor: Scott Smith, former mayor of Mesa, Ariz.
"He took on a city that was under water,” explained Gov. Brewer. “He came in with broad, bright and effective solutions. He turned the great city of Mesa around."
Brewer’s time in office leaves the state of Arizona with a surplus achieved by imposing taxes—a controversial move for the state and for her campaign.
Her most talked about moment is when she signed immigration law SB 1070 back in 2010. It sparked national debate on law enforcement targeting people based on their race.
Making headlines more recently, Gov. Brewer vetoed SB 1062, a bill which allowed business owners to refuse service based on their religious beliefs.
"That was a bad bill,” said the governor. “What it did was it made it legal to discriminate … I vetoed it, and I don't regret it.
She also abolished the state's Child Protective Services after it came to light that thousands of abuse cases had been ignored.
"I was outraged, as were the people of Arizona. And for 33 years we have put band aids on that issue."
Brewer says the bottom line is the government needs to completely revamp CPS.
She says, in her own words, her two terms have been "a great ride." She said she'll remain politically active in some form saying, "I’ll be back."