Republican candidates for Arizona governor

Frank Riggs.

Randy Metcalf/The Explorer

Frank Riggs is an Army veteran and former police officer who had an unusual career in Congress in the 1990s, representing a Democratic district in California’s Napa Valley area; he won his seat in 1990, lost it in 1992, won it back in 1994 and then held onto it for two terms before launching an unsuccessful run for U.S. Senate in 1998. He still enjoys telling stories about the House Bank overdraft scandal and his vote in favor of Bill Clinton’s impeachment.

Although he is not well known in Arizona political circles, Riggs decided to get into the crowded gubernatorial race because as he surveyed the field, he “didn’t see anybody with my proven leadership experience and ability. I’m running against some wealthy establishment candidates with very, very thin records.”

Riggs had raised roughly $212,000 for his campaign as of May 31, including $170,000 in loans from himself. He had spent about $97,000.

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