Former Arizona congressman Matt Salmon says he plans to announce his candidacy for his old job next week.
Salmon says he hasn’t made a decision on where he will announce his candidacy in the 6th Congressional District.
The 53-year-old Salmon would replace U.S. Rep. Jeff Flake, who’s running to replace retiring U.S Sen. Jon Kyl.
The 6th Congressional District includes Mesa, Gilbert, Queen Creek and Apache Junction. It is smaller than during Salmon’s first congressional stint.
Citing his pledge to serve only three terms, Salmon left Congress in 2000.
He ran for governor in 2002 and was narrowly defeated by Janet Napolitano, who now is Secretary for Homeland Security in President Barack Obama’s administration.
Salmon told The Arizona Republic that his primary congressional issue would be the federal budget.