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Libertarian candidate Olivas drops CD3 bid

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Libertarian candidate Olivas drops CD3 bid

  • Olivas, via Facebook
    Olivas, via Facebook

Miguel Olivas, a Democrat turned Republican turned Libertarian, has dropped out of congressional race in CD3, he said Monday. Tuesday, Olivas' campaign Facebook and Twitter pages had already been taken down. No statement on his withdrawal appeared on his campaign website Tuesday afternoon.

A challenge to his nominating petitions found Olivas didn't submit enough valid signatures to appear on the ballot. He needed to collect just 24 valid signatures.

Olivas had earlier pursued the GOP nomination in the contest that will pit challengers against long-time U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva. As of Tuesday, Olivas had yet to file paperwork with the Federal Election Commission reflecting his party change from Republican to Libertarian.

Olivas ran a campaign against Ann Kirkpatrick for the Democratic nomination in CD1 in 2012, and had filed to run for the GOP nomination in the 2002 primary.

Still in the CD3 Republican primary race are Gabriela Saucedo Mercer, who lost to a Grijalva landslide in the last election, and Mike Polak, who has come in on the losing side in recent Tucson City Council and Sunnyside Governing Board elections.

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