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State Rep. Amish Shah resigns from Arizona Legislature

Democrat Amish Shah announced he’s resigning from the Arizona House of Representatives on Thursday to focus on his congressional campaign.

Shah, an emergency room doctor, was first elected to the House in 2018 in Legislative District 24, which covered parts of Phoenix and southern Scottsdale. After redistricting, he was re-elected out of Legislative District 5, which runs from northern Phoenix to the city’s downtown area. 

“This has been a super educational experience for me,” Shah said on the House floor. “I went from an ordinary citizen to now a man running for Congress, and sometimes it was really surprising where I found agreement and where I found opposition.”  

Shah is one of six candidates seeking the Democratic nomination to run against Republican Congressman David Schweikert in Congressional District 6, which covers parts of Scottsdale and northern Phoenix. 

Shah’s resignation comes less than a week after his seatmate, Jennifer Longdon, resigned to work for a health care nonprofit.

Democrats in LD5 must now select nominees to replace both Shah and Longdon. The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors will then vote to fill the vacancies from that list of candidates.

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Wayne Schutsky is a broadcast field correspondent covering Arizona politics on KJZZ. He has over a decade of experience as a journalist reporting on local communities in Arizona and the state Capitol.