- Associated Press - Friday, May 13, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - Former Pinal County Supervisor and state parks director Bryan Martyn is dropping out of the race to succeed retiring U.S. Rep. Matt Salmon.

Martyn announced Friday that he will instead back former Maricopa County Supervisor Don Stapley’s bid to win the Republican primary in the heavily GOP 5th Congressional District.

The district includes much of the eastern Phoenix suburbs, including Mesa and Gilbert.

Other Republicans vying for the seat include Senate President Andy Biggs, state Rep. Justin Olson, and former GoDaddy executive vice president Christine Jones. Jones ran an unsuccessful campaign against Gov. Doug Ducey for the 2014 Republican gubernatorial nomination.

Salmon has endorsed Biggs to replace him.

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