In a Capitol press conference, Gray said he has always “felt a deep responsibility” to participate in public service and “make America great.” During his eight years in the Legislature — the first three in the House, the final six in the Senate — Gray said he made it his goal to protect and fight for the liberty the nation’s founding fathers envisioned when they drafted the Constitution.
If elected to Congress, Gray said he will fight for policies that enhance freedom, improve the economy and make the U.S.-Mexico border more secure.
“The issues that are important to Arizonans are important to me,” he said.
Political observers expect Gray to be the first of many Republicans to enter the race to replace Flake. Others considering a bid include political heavyweights House Speaker Kirk Adams and Senate President Russell Pearce.
Gray, though, said he was undaunted at the prospect of facing former Republican colleagues in the election.
“I’ve had great response from those that I’ve contacted so far, and I expect that response to continue,” he said.