2016 Challenger Runs for Franks’ Seat

Clair Van Steenwyk is the first candidate to be certified for the ballot.

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Danielle Bernstein
Jan. 3, 2018, 10:45 a.m.

Radio host Clair Van Steenwyk (R) is the first candidate that the “Arizona secretary of state’s office has certified … in the special election to replace Republican Rep. Trent Franks.” Van Steenwyk “filed 1,200 signatures to make the ballot late last week. He said Tuesday he’s continuing his efforts to take on establishment GOP candidates in making the run.

“Van Steenwyk challenged Franks in the 2014 and 2016 primaries and won nearly 30 percent of the vote last year. In an odd twist, he also ran” against Sen. John McCain (R) “last year despite a state law that bars candidates from running for more than one office in the same election if the person could not hold both seats if they won. … Other announced GOP candidates for the heavily Republican 8th Congressional District seat include former Corporation Commissioner Bob Stump and current or former” state Reps. Steve Montenegro, Phil Lovas, and Debbie Lesko. (AP)

Franks resigned amidst sexual harassment allegations.


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