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Tuesday, 17 January 2012 00:00

State Senator David Schapira Jumps Into District 9 Congressional Race

Written by  James King | Phoenix New Times Blogs

As predicted, former state Senator Kyrsten Sinema's not the only Democrat with her eye on Arizona's new Congressional seat -- this morning, state Senate Minority Leader David Schapira announced that he, too, will run in Arizona's newly formed 9th Congressional district.

Schapira's announcement isn't exactly a surprise to those familiar with Valley politics -- he formed an exploratory committee for a potential run in November, and rumors of his entering the race have been floating around for months.

"The residents of this community are on the front lines of turning our economy around. They deserve a representative who will fight every day to create jobs and uphold their values," Schapira says in a press release announcing his candidacy. "This new district represents an opportunity to send Washington a message that education and jobs should be at the forefront of the national agenda."

Also as predicted, it doesn't appear that Schapira will give up his Senate seat to run for Congress, which he's not required to do because he's in the final year of his term (Arizona's "resign to run" law allows candidates to keep their current gig as long as they're in the last year of their term).

Also rumored to be considering a run for the seat is Arizona Democratic Party Chairman Andrei Cherny.

Congressman Ben Quayle, a Republican, currently lives in what is now District 9. However, thanks to the new Congressional district map, about 63-percent of Quayle's current district now falls in District 6  -- where Republican Congressman David Schweikert plans to run -- according to the Arizona Republic's analysis of the new map.
 

Multiple sources tell New Times Quayle's likely to run in District 6 (which is much more GOP-friendly than District 9) and face Schweikert in a primary.

We spoke to Congressman Quayle over the weekend. He says he's yet to make any decision about which seat he'll run for.

Members of Congress aren't required to live in the district they represent -- they're only required to live in the state they represent. Sinema, for example, doesn't actually live within the boundaries of District 9.

Whoever wins a Republican primary in GOP-leaning District 6 is likely to easily win the general election -- and elections to come -- so it's a much more attractive seat for Republican  candidates than District 9, which is fairly evenly split between Republicans and Democrats.

Check out Schapira's campaign website here.

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