Former Chandler City Councilman Martin Sepulveda has joined the competitive race for the U.S. House of Representatives in the East Valley’s Congressional District 9. The Republican, two-term councilman said in a news release that he will promote a balanced budget amendment and cut spending.
“We simply do not want and cannot afford left-wing, socialist policies that are unconstitutional,” Sepulveda said.
The Arizona native is a real estate consultant and commander in the Navy Reserve. Sepulveda is a combat veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan.
His competition in the Republican primary includes retired Air Force pilot Wendy Rogers, Maricopa County Supervisor Don Stapley and Arizona National Guard captain Travis Grantham. The Democratic candidates are former Arizona Democratic Party Chairman Andrei Cherny, state Sen. Kyrsten Sinema and state Sen. David Shapira.
The newly-formed District 9 includes parts of Tempe, west Mesa, west Chandler, Ahwatukee Foothills , south Scottsdale, Paradise Valley and part of Phoenix.