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Harper explores House bid

Sen. Jack Harper is now exploring a House seat.

Harper, a Republican from Surprise, has amended his exploratory committee to reflect that he is considering running for the District 4 House seat.

Harper’s Senate term ends in 2010.

Harper initially began an exploratory committee to gauge the viability of running for Secretary of State.

“After Ken Bennett was appointed to the position, he made it clear that he was going to run for a full term of his own. I exchanged the exploratory committee to not designate any race,” Harper said. “I want to send a clear signal that I’m interested (in the House seat) and I’ll see it if it’s feasible”

Bennett was appointed Secretary of State by Gov. Jan Brewer after she took office in January.

A District 4 House seat will be up for grabs next year as Rep. Tom Boone, one of two Republicans representing the district, will also be termed out in 2010.

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