Maricopa County supervisor drops out of CD9 race

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Less than three weeks after announcing his candidacy, Maricopa County Supervisor Don Stapley is dropping out of the Congressional District 9 race.

Stapley told The Arizona Republic on Tuesday that he felt it "was not the right decision" to pursue a congressional campaign.

He's been a county supervisor for 16 years and intends to finish out his present term on the county Board of Supervisors.

The 61-year-old Stapley didn't say what he might do next, however.

As supervisor, Stapley oversees District 2 which includes Fountain Hills, Cave Creek, Carefree, Mesa, Scottsdale and parts of Gilbert and Paradise Valley.

Other Republicans in the CD9 race are Chandler City Councilman Martin Sepulveda, Arizona Air National Guardsman Travis Grantham and retired Air Force Pilot Wendy Rogers.

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