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Democratic Arizona House member who won Senate primary race resigns seat for new career

Sep 2, 2022, 4:08 PM

(Facebook Photo/Diego Espinoza)...

(Facebook Photo/Diego Espinoza)

(Facebook Photo/Diego Espinoza)

PHOENIX — Democratic Arizona Rep. Diego Espinoza, who won his state Senate primary last month, announced his resignation Friday to pursue a career outside of politics.

Espinoza, who represents District 19 in Tolleson and other parts of the West Valley, will join Salt River Project’s government and community relations team.

His last day will be Monday.

“It has been a honor and a privilege to serve in the Arizona House of Representatives for the past eight years,” Espinoza said in a statement.

“In that time, we have addressed many key issues for our great state. I am proud of the many accomplishments for my legislative district, our Latino community, Arizona and our country.”

With no other candidates in Espinoza’s Senate race in District 22, others will have until Nov. 3 at 5 p.m. to file as a qualified write-in.

Candidates must live in Maricopa County and the one with the most votes in the Nov. 8 general election will assume the position.

Espinoza served four terms in the House and 14 years on the Tolleson City Council.

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Democratic Arizona House member who won Senate primary race resigns seat for new career