Congressman Jeff Flake has just announced his entry into the US Senate race to succeed Senator Jon Kyl.
This leaves Arizona’s 6th Congressional seat open. Given the district overwhelmingly favors Republicans, expect another stampede of candidates to run for the starting blocks.
Senate President, Russell Pearce
Speaker of the House, Kirk Adams
Former State Senator Chuck Gray
2010 CD-6 candidate, Jeff Smith
Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu
Any number of other current and former state legislators and city councilman including Phoenix City Councilman, Sal DiCiccio
Any number of east valley political activists
With the urgency to raise money and establish a formidable primary presence, any state legislator will feel the urgency to enter the race quickly. Under Arizona’s resign to run law, resignations in the State Legislature would prompt another flurry of political announcements and appointments to succeed resigning legislators! The task of replacing state legislators would then fall to the elected precinct committeemen in those legislative districts and ultimately to the County Board of Supervisors.
Let the 2012 Republican Primary begin!