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Former legislator Matt Salmon to run for Arizona governor

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PHOENIX – Former Arizona legislator Matt Salmon has joined the growing list of candidates taking a run at the governor’s office.

The Republican launched his campaign early Wednesday in a video.

“We can’t allow liberal politicians to turn Arizona into California. We must protect the values that have made Arizona a beacon of opportunity,” the onetime state senator and U.S. representative said in the video.

“I believe in strong borders and an Arizona first agenda.”

He is the sixth candidate to declare and the fourth Republican. Partymates Kimberly Yee, Arizona treasurer; former TV news anchor Kari Lake; and Karrin Taylor Robson of the Arizona Board of Regents, previously declared they were running for the job.

Secretary of State Katie Hobbs and former Nogales Mayor Marco Lopez are the Democrats who have declared their candidacy.

Republican officeholder Doug Ducey has reached term limits and cannot run again.

It’s the second try at the office for Salmon. He ran in 2002, losing out to Democrat Janet Napolitano.

Salmon retired after his congressional term ended in 2016.

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