Fred DuVal, a former Arizona Board of Regents member with deep roots in Democratic Party politics, is now formally exploring a 2014 candidacy for governor.

DuVal, 58, filed paperwork with the Secretary of State's Office Thursday to establish an exploratory committee. He has been considering the move for some time.

DuVal was appointed to the Board of Regents, which governs the state university system, by then-Gov. Janet Napolitano in 2006, and he served until 2012, including one year as chairman.

He was a top aide and adviser to former Arizona Gov. Bruce Babbitt, including service during Babbitt's short-lived run for president in 1988, and he served in the administration of President Bill Clinton.