By Kyle Trygstad, Roll Call
Although the look of Arizonaâ€™s 6th district is likely to change next year as the East Valley continues to boom in population, Republicans expect to have an edge in the open-seat race for Rep. Jeff Flakeâ€™s seat.
The Republican announced two weeks ago that he is running for the seat being vacated by Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R), and a handful of Republicans are in turn expected to run for Flakeâ€™s seat. Former state Senate Majority Leader Chuck Gray is already in the race.
Gray told Roll Call in a recent interview that he was already looking into running for the stateâ€™s new 9th district, which it will gain in reapportionment, when the 6th district opened up.
â€œIâ€™m expecting others will jump into the race,â€ Gray said. â€œIâ€™m also expecting that they will think twice about running against me.â€
Both state Senate President Russell Pearce (R) and state Speaker Kirk Adams (R) are believed to be looking into it.
â€œIâ€™m seriously considering a run there. Iâ€™ve been surprised by the amount of support Iâ€™ve received,â€ Adams told Roll Call recently. â€œMy phone almost exploded at Kylâ€™s announcement. Iâ€™m being encouraged by many people to get in this race. But this is not something you do lightly.â€
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