Local political figure Joe Sweeney dies

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- A familiar face on Southern Arizona's political scene has died.  Joe Sweeney lost his battle with cancer Saturday.

He was 66-years-old.

A frequent political candidate, the Nebraska native and University of Arizona grad ran for public office a dozen times as a Democrat, Republican and third-party candidate.

Most recently, he lost last year's Republican primary for congressional district seven to Ruth McClung.