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Yee running for Senate

Rep. Kimberly Yee, R-Phoenix (Cronkite News Service photo)

Adding to the list of lawmakers who hope to switch chambers, Rep. Kimberly Yee announced today that she will be running for the Senate this year.

Yee, a Republican from Phoenix, would be filling the spot vacated by Sen. Linda Gray, who will be retiring at the end of her term.

The new Legislative District 20, where Yee will be running, includes three other House Republican incumbents: Rep. Debbie Lesko, Rep. Carl Seel, and Rep. Jim Weiers, who will be retiring after this session.

Yee said that Gray, who she said had been “a great mentor and friend to me,” encouraged her to run for the Senate seat. She also said that she had discussed the move with the other incumbents in her new district.

“It will allow for my constituents in (my current) District 10 to have consistent representation by someone they’re familiar with,” she said.

Gray has already endorsed Yee in the race, calling her “a dynamic leader with valued principles” in a statement.

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