Republican David Schweikert, Independent Matt Jette
PHOENIX (CBS5) -
Republican Rep. David Schweikerthas won the U.S. House seat in Arizona's reconfigured 6th Congressional District.
Schweikert, of Fountain Hills, ran on a platform of pledging to help keep taxes low, opposing amnesty for undocumented immigrants, securing the border with Mexico, strengthening national defense and battling to slash the size and cost of government. He supports gun rights and opposes abortion.
Schweikert advanced to the general election after defeating fellow GOP Rep. Ben Quayle in a highly contentious and feisty battle in the August primary.
Independent Matt Jette, of Phoenix, ran for governor in 2010 as a moderate Republican who opposed SB1070. He said he became a Democrat shortly after he lost that race to Gov. Jan Brewer. This fall, Jette announced he was leaving the party and election as an independent. His name still appeared on the ballot as a Democrat.
Jette, who has never held elective office, is an adjunct business professor at the Thunderbird School of Global Management.
During his campaign, he said he would seek a Balanced Budget Amendment on discretionary spending as well as re-examine how best to structure mandatory spending priorities. He said he does not agree with mandatory health care. He said on his website he favors a payer health care plan that cuts the profit motive from insurance companies and hospitals and frees up capital for businesses to invest in new technologies.
Other challengers in the race included Green Party candidate Mark Salazar and Libertarian Jack Anderson.
District 6 encompasses Fountain Hills, Paradise Valley, Cave Creek, Carefree, Rio Verde, most of Scottsdale, a small portion of Mesa and part of northwestern Phoenix. The district includes the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation and the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community.
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