At this hour, Ron Barber is announcing his bid for CD 2 congressional seat. This would mean he is no longer running just as a placeholder candidate for the unexpired term of Gabrielle Giffords.
This ruins the day of Steve Farley, Paula Aboud, Matt Heinz and Nan Walden. Although, I heard speculation that Heinz would run anyway. I have my doubts. I think that is based more on him jumping the gun on the interim district 8 seat and I haven’t spoken to him about it.
It also probably ruins the day of Dustin Cox too. He had a free pass to get into the state senate before this. This means he’d have to get back into a crowded LD 9 house primary that might include Paula Aboud.
UPDATE: Jim Small has tweeted confirmation that Farley is running for senate and Heinz is indicating that he may stay in.