Eddie Farnsworth, a former Republican legislative leader, is hoping to return to the Arizona House of Representatives this fall after a 2008 defeat in a Republican Senate primary race.
Farnsworth, a 48-year-old Gilbert father of seven, previously served in the House from 2001 through 2008. From 2003 to 2004, he was majority leader of the House GOP caucus.
In 2008, facing term limits in the House, he challenged incumbent Thayer Verschoor for the Senate seat but lost by about 600 votes.
Farnsworth formed a campaign committee March 18 and said he will campaign on his experience, both as a legislator and a businessman.
“Nobody can question the experience that I have,” he said. “I bring the full package to the table at a time when it’s needed.”
He said he had been asked by former constituents to run. One of the District 22 House seats will be vacant in the next election because Rep. Andy Biggs is term-limited out and running for the Senate.
Farnsworth will be the seventh Republican candidate in the field. He joins incumbent Rep. Laurin Hendrix; business owner Adam Armer; teacher Paul Howell; contractor Brett Petillo; Tea Party activist Kelly Townsend; and Gilbert councilman Steve Urie.
Farnsworth also said he expects his conservative record to be a selling point to voters in the heavily Republican district.
“People know who I am. I’m conservative, and unapologetically so,” he said.