By Dan Nowicki | The Republic
Christine Jones, the former GoDaddy executive vice president who unsuccessfully sought Arizona’s 2014 Republican gubernatorial nomination, on Tuesday will officially enter the GOP race to succeed retiring U.S. Rep. Matt Salmon.
Jones lives in Phoenix, outside the district, which includes Gilbert and parts of Mesa and Chandler. But she told The Arizona Republic her family has longtime connections in the area and that when Salmon, R-Ariz., announced his retirement, her phone started ringing. Jones, 47, who has been formally exploring a U.S. House campaign for a month or so, will file paperwork with the Federal Election Commission to run in the East Valley’s 5th Congressional District, considered a safe Republican seat and one of the most conservative in the Southwest.