A three-way race is on for the state Senate in Gilbert. Incumbent Majority Leader Thayer Verschoor, R-Gilbert, will face Republican Joe Bedgood and Rep. Eddie Farnsworth, R-Gilbert, who is being forced from his House seat by term limits.
In the past, Verschoor and Farnsworth have run as political allies. But the two have recently split on state budget issues.
"If you want to look at the budget, that's what everybody's concerned about," Farnsworth said. "We have so many who want to spend now and pay later."
Verschoor and Bedgood could not be reached for comment Wednesday.
"It's going to be a competitive race here in Gilbert," said Steve Johnson, first vice chairman of the Legislative District 22 Republican Committee.
Johnson and Farnsworth said they expect the economy and state budget to be key issues in the primary election.
In the District 22 House primary race, five candidates are running for two open seats.
"For the House race, I can't even imagine how many at this point in time," Johnson said. "So many pulled papers."
The five House candidates who made Wednesday's filing deadline are:
Glenn Ray, a member of the Arizona National Guard and the only Democrat in the field. He ran for the Senate in 2006.
Adam Armer, a small-business owner and member of the Republican District 22 precinct committee.
Andy Biggs, the incumbent seeking his last two-year term in the House before term limits would force him out.
Bob Brown, a Gilbert resident and Mesa business owner.
Laurin Hendrix, a Gilbert resident and Mesa business owner who was a finalist for an open seat on the Gilbert Unified School District governing board earlier this year.