Congressional candidate has no plans to live in the district she wants to serve

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Congressional candidate Christine Jones says she has no plans to move into the district she is running to represent. (Source: KPHO/KTVK) Congressional candidate Christine Jones says she has no plans to move into the district she is running to represent. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

Businesswoman Christine Jones has positioned herself as the political outsider in the hotly contested Republican primary for Arizona's 5th Congressional District. 

And she is, literally. 

Jones, who help build internet giant GoDaddy, lives in north Phoenix, about 20 miles, or a 20-minute drive from outskirts of the large East Valley district. 

And she said she doesn't have any plans to move there should she win the four-way race. 

"If it makes sense for us to live there then obviously we will but there are no current plans to move," Jones said Tuesday. 

Jones points out that her husband has taught in Chandler for years and that their church is located in the district. 

There are no legal requirements that candidates live in the district they seek to represent, but her opponents are betting it will matter to voters. 

They are describing her as a political opportunist, who is trying to buy a seat. 

So far, she spent nearly $2 million of her own money on the race. 

To put this another way, it would take Jones more than 10 years to recoup the money she's spent on this election with the $174,000 per year congressional salary. 

Regarding her residency, Jones doesn't think it matters to voters. 

But we will find out soon enough. 

Election Day is now less than a week away and what little polling on the race is available shows it coming down to the wire with Jones and former Senate President Andy Biggs running one-two. 

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And former Maricopa County Supervisor Don Stapley is running slightly behind in third and current state Representative Justin Olson in fourth. 

This is considered a safe Republican seat, meaning the winner of the primary is expected to win the general election in November.  

[RELATED: 4 Republicans battle to replace retiring Rep. Matt Salmon]

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