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Montenegro, Stump seek to replace Franks; Feb. 27 special election set

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State Sen. Steve Montenegro says he's joining the race to replace Rep. Trent Franks, who resigned from Congress amid sexual misconduct allegations.

Gov. Doug Ducey on Monday set the date the primary election for Feb. 27 and the general election will be on April 24.
    
Montenegro worked as Franks' district director and said Monday he had told Franks he would run to replace him in the upcoming special election. He had been seeking the Republican nomination for secretary of state.
    
Montenegro campaign consultant Constantin Querard says he will resign his Senate seat.
    
Former Corporation Commissioner Bob Stump also announced his run for the Republican nomination in Franks' 8th Congressional District Monday.
    
Several other Republicans are also considered possible contenders for the district covering the northwest Phoenix suburbs.

Former state Rep. Phil Lovas has resigned from a job with the Trump Administration as his name is being mentioned as a possible replacement .
    
Political consultant and Lovas friend Brian Seitchik said Monday that Lovas will have more to say about his future later in the week. He had been the regional advocate for the Small Business Administration
    
Lovas ran President Donald Trump's Arizona campaign operations last year and has been urged to run by state Treasurer Jeff DeWit, who was COO of the national Trump campaign. 

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