Former Paradise Valley Mayor Vernon Parker took the lead in early election results Tuesday night in the Republican party’s race to be on the November ballot for Congressional District 9.
With early ballots and 96 percent of precincts reporting, Parker held 23 percent of the votes. Former Chandler City Councilman Martin Sepulveda and Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Wendy Rogers were in a tight race for second, each with about 20 percent of votes.
Seven GOP candidates are seeking to represent the new district, which makes up much of Tempe, as well as parts of Phoenix, Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Chandler and Mesa.
The GOP winner will likely face Democrat and former State Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, who appeared to win her party’s race Tuesday.
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