U.S. Rep. Ben Quayle has announced he will run in a GOP-leaning congressional district, taking on fellow Republican Rep. David Schweikert in the August primary.
Redistricting added a new district in Arizona and shifted the lines of current districts.
Top Republicans had been urging Quayle to run in the newly created 9th Congressional District, where his home is.
The 9th District is more competitive than the redrawn 6th district that he's decided to run in. Quayle says he chose to run in a district where most of his current constituents live.
Quayle is the son of former Vice President Dan Quayle and was elected in 2010.
The 6th District includes northeast Phoenix, Scottsdale and Paradise Valley. The 9th District has Tempe and parts of Phoenix and Mesa.
"The work of Arizona's redistricting commission has placed many people in difficult positions, but at the end of the day my choice is to continue representing the people I represent today," Quayle said in a statement.
Quayle said this "should be a substantive race with a tone that honors our party, our nation and the voters of the 6th District."
Quayle said he wants to go back to Washington to "fight for the state I love and the values I believe in. With the continued support of my fellow Arizonans, that's what I will do."
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