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Former congressman Salmon will seek Flake’s seat

Matt Salmon (File photo)

Matt Salmon (File photo)

Former Arizona congressman Matt Salmon has announced that he is a candidate for his old job.

Salmon says he is running for the 6th Congressional District representing Mesa, Gilbert, Queen Creek and Apache Junction because he believes his experience is needed in Washington.

The 53-year-old Salmon wants to replace fellow Republican U.S. Rep. Jeff Flake, who’s running to replace retiring U.S Sen. Jon Kyl in 2012.

Salmon represented the district for three terms in the 1990s and left office in 2000. He ran for governor in 2002 and was narrowly defeated by Janet Napolitano, now Secretary for Homeland Security.

Salmon said Tuesday that his primary congressional issue would be controlling federal spending and debt.

Former Arizona state Sen. Chuck Gray is also running in the Republican primary.

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