Former Congressman Matt Salmon announced Thursday he has received the backing of three members of the Mesa City Council in his campaign for the seat he left in 2001.
According to a statement from Salmon's campaign, Vice Mayor Scott Somers and councilmen Dave Richins and Dennis Kavanaugh have endorsed his bid for the seat being vacated by current Rep. Jeff Flake, also a Republican. Former state House Speaker Kirk Adams, also a Republican, is seeking the same post.
Salmon was elected to the House of Representatives in 1994, leaving after making a pledge to serve only three two-year terms. He was succeeded in Congress by Flake, who is leaving to run for the U.S. Senate seat held by the retiring Jon Kyl.
Vice Mayor Scott Somers said, “Matt Salmon knows the importance of Gateway Airport, not only to the city of Mesa but to the East Valley region. He will do what’s right to ensure its success and long-term growth. He is committed to getting results – not sitting on the sidelines.”
"Mesa and the East Valley have a 21st century economy and need a representative in Congress who understands the diverse businesses that make us successful" said Dave Richins, who represents northwest Mesa in Council District One. "Matt Salmon has that experience and will fight to support the needs of the City of Mesa and all of Arizona."
Councilman Dennis Kavanaugh of District 3 added, “I first met Matt Salmon at Mesa Speaks back in the 1980’s in Prescott and I supported him in his very first run for the Legislature. He did a great job in Congress for us and was very responsive to the needs of the city. He is honest, ethical and a true man of his word. He has never been a divisive ‘name-caller’ which is refreshing these days.”
Former Congressman Salmon stated, “I am proud to call Mesa my home. I am honored that these members of the Mesa City Council believe in me and know that I will protect and promote the hard work they are doing to maintain Mesa’s reputation as a great place to work and to do business.”