Arizona Governor Jan Brewer is considering another run for governor in 2014 despite the state constitution’s restrictions. The Arizona constitution limits governors to two consecutive terms in office. Ms. Brewer inherited the position after Janet Napolitano left the governorship to become U.S. Homeland Security secretary.

Ms. Brewer believes there is ambiguity in the constitution. Ballard Spahr partner Joseph A. Kanefield agrees. He argues that, although the constitution prohibits two consecutive terms, including partial terms, it was not meant to include situations in which a secretary of state becomes governor through a succession.

“It comes down to, what does a term mean?” said Mr. Kanefield. “This debate will be very robust if she decides to run. If they believe she is violating the spirit and purpose of their law, they can decide at the polls.”