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Begay to Seek Kirkpatrick’s Seat

Begay to Seek Kirkpatrick’s Seat
March 08
10:04 2016

Carlyle Begay has had a short, but eventful, political career.

Carlyle Begay

Carlyle Begay

He is a Democrat-turned-Republican, and overcame residency questions when he was first appointed to his seat in the Arizona Senate. Though he represents Ganado, opponents claimed that Begay didn’t actually live in the district he would represent.

Now, Begay, 35, is ready to face what could be his biggest challenge: a jump onto the national political stage.

Begay has decided to run for Congress.

He is seeking the Congressional District 1 seat, which is being vacated by Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, who is challenging Sen. John McCain.

Begay will be squaring off against six other Republicans, three Democrats and an Independent.

He will be an advocate for “a district that has long been ignored and overlooked,” Begay said.

He can particularly be an advocate for rural tribal communities, Begay said.

Begay promises to bring “fresh conservative ideas” to Washington D.C.

Among Begay’s Republican opponents in the primary is another Navajo tribal member, businessman Shawn Redd. If either wins, he would be the first Navajo to serve in Congress.

The seat is considered a toss-up, especially because the two GOP frontrunners have raised concerns.
Arizona House Speaker David Gowan has hired pricey staffers and spent $12,000 on travel that should not have been billed to the taxpayers.

Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu had to fix his candidate paperwork as he filed in the wrong district and questions were raised over a newsletter paid for by the sheriff’s office. Foes said the newsletter is political mail.

The other Republican candidates are former Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett and former Air Force pilot Wendy Rogers.

Residency issues could still dog Begay. Critics still question his northern Arizona residency, noting his address in Gilbert, Ariz., his voter registration and forms he filed to serve on a state commission.

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