PINAL COUNTY – State Representative Steve Smith announced the formation of an Exploratory Committee for the LD11 State Senate seat that would be vacated in 2014 should current State Senator Al Melvin run for Governor.
Smith represented much of the district when he won the old LD23 State Senate seat in 2010, but he deferred to then LD26 Senator Al Melvin when redistricting placed them into the same district. “It was the right thing to do because it thwarted the Democrat plan to pit two good conservatives against each other and it gave our district greater seniority in the Senate.” said Smith about that earlier decision. He later added “But with Senator Melvin likely running for Governor, we need to ensure that our district continues to enjoy quality conservative representation, and I intend to fully explore the possibility of returning to the Senate in 2014.”
Smith noted that this move had the support of Senator Melvin, his seatmate in the House, Representative Adam Kwasman, and already declared House candidate Vince Leach.
“Politics is a team sport,” said Smith, “and I feel great about being a part of such a great team.”
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