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February 10, 2016

Arizona: Ex-ASU Quarterback Files to Challenge Sinema

Sinema has already attracted a couple of GOP challengers. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Arizona State University quarterback Andrew Walter filed a statement of candidacy last week to challenge freshman Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz.

The Arizona Capitol Times first posted the news on Monday that Walter had formed a campaign committee. He is a credit analyst at MidFirst Bank and an owner at an eponymous LLC, according to his LinkedIn profile.

Walter joins a GOP field that already includes retired Air Force Lt. Col. Wendy Rogers. But Republicans say others might still join the primary, including former Paradise Valley Mayor Vernon Parker, the GOP nominee who lost to Sinema in 2012, and businessman Martin Sepulveda.

(See also in Roll Call: Farm Team: Arizona Raises Drama, Candidates)

Arizona’s 9th District is one of the most competitive in the country; the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee added Sinema to its Frontline program for vulnerable incumbents last month.

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