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Arizona business leader Christine Jones announces run for US House

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PHOENIX — One-time Arizona gubernatorial candidate Christine Jones said she will run for Matt Salmon’s seat in the U.S. Congress.

Jones made the official announcement Tuesday morning. She will be entering a race to replace the outgoing Salmon in Arizona’s 5th Congressional District.

“The voters are tired of politicians who make big promises and fail to deliver. That needs to change. Unlike career politicians, I don’t just talk about what needs to be done…I do it,” Jones said in a statement.

Salmon announced in February he wouldn’t run for re-election at the end of his term.

The day before her announcement, Jones tweeted:

The former Go Daddy executive ran for governor in 2014 on the Republican ticket but lost in the primary to Doug Ducey.

Just a few months ago, Jones told the Arizona Republic that she passed on running for the 9th Congressional District, where she would have faced Democrat Kyrsten Sinema.

Jones told the paper running for that office “at this time is not the highest and best use of my time.”

After the governor’s race, Jones headed up a Phoenix-based charter school system.

The 5th Congressional District is made up of Gilbert, Mesa, Queen Creek and part of Phoenix.

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