PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - The divorce is final. The only question left is who gets the House seat.

Former state lawmaker Catherine Miranda wants her old job back at the Capitol. The problem is, so does her ex-husband.

[WATCH: Ex-husband running against ex-wife for state House seats]

Roberto Sanchez Garcia filed paperwork this week to run for the state House and represent south Phoenix in District 27.

His ex-wife launched her campaign in November but Sanchez Garcia said he didn't know she was running for the same seat he wants.

"No, no, no, no, I found out she was running when I went (to the Capitol) two days ago," Sanchez Garcia said Wednesday.

This is his second run for office after narrowly losing last year in the primary election.

According to court records, Miranda and Sanchez Garcia were married in September 2017 and granted a divorce nearly two years later in August.

Court records reveal little about the couple's split and Sanchez Garcia insists that he is not a jilted ex-husband running for revenge.

"Sometimes things don't work out and in this case, it did not work out," he said.

Miranda declined an on-camera interview but pointed out during a phone conversation that she is the only woman in a four-person primary.

To win a seat, Miranda and Sanchez Garcia, who still needs to collect enough signatures to qualify for the ballot, will have the difficult challenge of knocking out an incumbent.

Democratic Reps. Reginald Bolding and Diego Rodriguez currently represent the district.

Miranda left the Legislature to make an unsuccessful run for Congress.

Strange as it may seem, this will not be the first time Miranda has squared off against a family member on the ballot.

In 2016 she defeated her stepdaughter in the primary win a seat in the Senate.

 


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