Andrei Cherny Commits to CD9 Race, Will Step Down as Party Chair (w/Update)

Cherny, stepping down as party chair to tackle CD9

It will be official shortly, but Andrei Cherny, Chair of the Arizona Democratic Party, is stepping down today, in anticipation of a formal announcement of his candidacy for the Ninth Congressional District seat sometime next week.

The former Arizona Assistant Attorney General and policy adviser to the Clinton White House has chaired the party for the last year, offering a more vigorous and outspoken leadership style than his predecessor Don Bivens.

Cherny, 36, will take on former state Senator Kyrsten Sinema and state Senate Minority Leader David Schapira in the primary race for the Democratic nod. 

Congressman Ben Quayle has been considered a possible Republican contender for the CD9 general election, and many observers believe Quayle has been waiting to announce whether he'll run in the newly-formed CD9 or against fellow Republican U.S. Representative Davis Schweikert in CD6.

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