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AZ lawmaker Jake Hoffman to run for RNC position

Arizona state Sen. Jake Hoffman (R-Queen Creek)  announced Thursday that he’s throwing his hat in the ring to represent the state as a member of the Republican National Committee. 

Hoffman is the founder of the legislature’s far-right Freedom Caucus. He is campaigning to serve as one of three Republicans representing Arizona — in addition to his legislative duties.

Hoffman’s not the only Republican who’s expressed interest in the role but he is the only lawmaker.

“Look, I think we've got, certainly some longtime activists, and I’m excited to talk with all of them and see where the state delegates land,” Hoffman said.

Each state and territory gets three spots at the RNC; one for the state chair and one each for a man and a woman in the party. 

The current committeemen for Arizona are Tyler Bowyer with Turning Point USA and Lori Klein Corbin, but they’re not running for reelection. 

Hoffman said in a statement that too few of the RNC’s 168 members have done their part to hold the party accountable. 

“It’s time for the next wave of grassroots leaders to take the reins and forge a RNC that respects the grassroots, refuses to lose, and stands for truth and righteousness in this present battle between good and evil,” he said in the statement.

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Camryn Sanchez is a field correspondent at KJZZ covering everything to do with state politics.