After several weeks of rumors, David Tenney, Arizona Director of Residential Utility Consumer Office and former Navajo County supervisor, announced Wednesday that he will not run for Congressional District 1.

“My commitment to rural Arizona and the state does not end with this decision. I will continue to serve where I believe I can have the biggest impact ... I will continue to advocate on behalf of the Arizona ratepayers,” the Republican said.

Tenney’s great-great-grandfather was one of the first pioneers to enter Arizona across Lee’s Ferry and he and other family members were integral in the development of the state’s timber industry after buying the first sawmill.

During his time on the Board of Supervisors, Tenney was at the center of the region’s economic development efforts.

On the Republican side, Springerville rancher and businessman Gary Kiehne and former Secretary of State Ken Bennett have officially announced their candidacies, while Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu and Arizona House Speaker David Gowan have shown interest.

On the Democrat side, State Sen. Barbara McGuire and former GOP state Rep. Tom O’Halleran have announced they are running.

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