State Sen. Debbie Lesko (R) plans to resign to run in the special election for former Rep. Trent Franks’ (R) seat in suburban Phoenix. “Lesko, president pro tempore of the Arizona Senate, said she wants to push for conservative causes ranging from expanding school choice to supporting tax cuts to increased border security. … Lesko said she is a Trump supporter and shares his desire to more effectively control the border with Mexico. That doesn’t necessarily mean a wall, she said.” (Arizona Republic)
SITTING OUT. Maricopa County Supervisor Clint Hickman (R) will not run for the seat. “No. I made it official,” Hickman said. “My kids are 12, 10 and 7 and I will have them for a lifetime, and I’m raising them to become awesome adults.” Peoria Mayor Cathy Carlat (R) and Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers (R) also won’t run. (Glendale Star)
Former state Rep. Phil Lovas (R), former state Sen. Steve Montenegro (R) and former Arizona Corporation Commissioner Bob Stump (R) are all in the race.