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A Democratic member of the House of Representatives who just won his state Senate primary election announced Friday that he is stepping down, leaving no one behind on his ballot. southwest of the Phoenix neighborhood.
Diego Espinoza defeated fellow House member Richard Andrade in the August primary for Senate seat of District 22. The heavily Democratic district covers parts of Glendale, Phoenix, Avondale, and Tolleson and attracted no Republicans.
Espinoza said he took a job with the Salt River Project in community and government relations. He has a restaurant in Tolleson and has served? four terms in the House of Representatives.
The unexpected resignation means that a bid to run is the only option to fill the seat through the election.
Andrade said he heard during the primaries that Espinoza was considering taking the job and said he was “very disappointed” when he learned he had quit.
“He was not” loyalty to the votersknowing he was going to do this,” Andrade said. “It shows that this is not the kind of leadership we need, where you misled voters into thinking you are working for your community when in reality you are working for your own self-interest .”
Andrade said he is considering his options and has not decided whether to launch an application campaign.
While the legislature is not in session, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors will appoint a temporary replacement to serve for the remainder of Espinoza’s term, which ends in early January, when the new legislature is sworn in.
According to the law, that replacement is must be a democrat.
Before running for his home seat, Espinoza served on Tolleson City Council for 14 years. Andrade is an engineer.
Both were first elected in 2014 and were forced to leave the House by terms.