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Primary election to fill Rep. Trent Franks' seat set for February 27

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Posted at 8:26 AM, Dec 11, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-11 11:03:41-05

Gov. Doug Ducey has set the dates for a special primary election and a special general election to fill the vacancy created when U.S. Rep. Trent Franks resigned after revealing that he discussed surrogacy with two female staffers.

In the Monday proclamation, Ducey set the primary for February 27, 2018, and the general election for April 24, 2018.

Several Republicans have said they shown an interest in seeking the vacancy in the 8th Congressional District, an area of northern and western Phoenix suburbs.

Franks initially said he would leave office on Jan. 31. But after getting an ultimatum from House Speaker Paul Ryan, he announced Friday he would step aside immediately.

A former Franks aide had told The Associated Press that the congressman pressured her to carry his child and once offered her $5 million to be a surrogate mother.

Franks served eight terms in office.