The deadline to enter the race for former U.S. Rep. Trent Franks’ Congressional seat has ended and 13 candidates will go head-to-head in a special Republican primary election next month.
According to Secretary of State Michele Reagan, 13 Republicans and three Democrats submitted enough signatures to participate in the Feb. 27 prmary election.
Only five of those candidates — former Arizona state Sens. Debbie Lesko and Steve Montenegro, former state Rep. Phil Lovas, former Arizona Corporation Commissioner Bob Stump and former Graham County sheriff Richard Mack — have previous elective experience.
The other Republican candidates include Clair Van Steenwyk, Chad Allen, Kevin Cavanaugh, Brenden Dilley, Stephen Dolgos, David Lien, Christopher Sylvester and Mark Yates.
The three candidates running for the Democratic Party are physician Hiral Tipirneni, Gene Scharer and Brianna Westbrook.