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Posted: Thursday, April 28, 2011 2:24 pm | Updated: 1:52 pm, Fri Jun 24, 2011.

PHOENIX (AP) — Kirk Adams is leaving the Legislature to enter what is shaping up as a hotly contested congressional race in southeastern Maricopa County.

The Mesa Republican stepped down as Arizona House speaker and gave up his legislative seat Thursday and then announced his candidacy for Congress.

Adams says his campaign platform will be based on balancing the federal budget, instilling spending reform and promoting economic growth.

U.S. Rep. Jeff Flake is running for U.S. Senate, and the opening for Flake's current House seat has attracted several fellow Republican candidates.

They include former U.S. Rep. Matt Salmon and former state Sen. Chuck Gray.

Salmon represented an earlier version of the district for six years, leaving office in 2001.

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