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Rep. Trent Franks Resigns in Scandal and Governor Ducey Sets Date for Special Election

After the news broke that U.S. Rep. Trent Franks reportedly offered his former aide $5 million to carry his child, Franks announced that he would resign effective immediately.

The former staffer said the congressman asked on at least four occasions if she’d be willing to act as a surrogate in exchange for money. In his resignation statement, Franks said he and his wife have struggled with infertility.

The staffer said the requests were shocking and made her feel afraid that if she didn’t agree to his inquiry, her position would be in jeopardy.

Following Arizona Rep. Trent Franks’ resignation, Governor Doug Ducey announced two dates on Monday for a special election to fill Franks’ seat. Ducey set a special primary election for Tuesday, Feb. 27 and a special general election for Tuesday, April 24.

Franks, a now former representative of the eighth congressional district in Arizona, served eight terms in Congress. He leaves the seat wide open for the taking and a number of candidates have already stepped forward with a strong interest in running for the open seat.

Here is a list of the following Arizona candidates that are considering a run for the eighth congressional district seat.
Republican:
Chad Allen
Bill Harbeck
David Lien
Steve Montenegro
Christopher Rippey
Bob Stump
Christopher Sylvester
Jon Ritzheimer

Democrat: Brianna Westbrook

The race could get crowded quite quickly.


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