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3 incumbents seeking two House seats in LD1; five seek CD4 job

It looks like three Republican incumbents will be competing for two Arizona House of Representatives seats in the newly drawn Legislative District 1.

Sen. Lori Klein, R-Anthem, wasn't sure what she would do when the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission drew new legislative boundaries that put her into LD1 where Republican incumbents already served.

Klein signed up Wednesday to run for the House in LD1, according to the list of primary election candidates posted on the Secretary of State's website. Wednesday was the deadline for Arizona candidates to file nomination papers containing a required number of voter signatures so they can run in the Aug. 28 primary election.

House Speaker Andy Tobin, R-Paulden, and Rep. Karen Fann, R-Prescott, are the House incumbents in LD1 and they also are seeking re-election in LD1.

No one has signed up to run in LD1 against Senate President Steve Pierce, R-Prescott, according to the SOS list.

LD1 covers all of Yavapai County except the northeastern corner.

The newly drawn 4th Congressional District also includes all of Yavapai County except the northeastern corner.

U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Prescott, Arizona Sen. Ron Gould, R-Lake Havasu City, Republican Rick Murphy of Lake Havasu City, Democrat Johnnie Robinson of Florence and Libertarian Joe Pamelia of Prescott will compete for the CD4 seat, according to the online list.

Gosar moved from Flagstaff to Prescott so he could run in the Republican-dominated CD4 instead of the new CD1, which has more Democrats.

Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu announced he would run for CD4, but then withdrew amid federal and state investigations into issues stemming from his relationship with a former male campaign worker.


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