Sen. Al Melvin Avoids 2012 Primary Battle

Arizona Sen. Steve Smith of the town of Maricopa announced today that he would seek a seat in the Arizona House of Representatives rather than take on Arizona Sen. Al Melvin of SaddleBrooke in the new Legislative District 11.

Smith sent out a press release blaming the whole situation on the Independent Redistricting Commission, which was evidently supposed to deliver safe Republican districts for all sitting senators.

But Smith may not avoid a primary fight. At least two Southern Arizona Republicans—Adam Kwasman and Bob Westerman—are looking at running for the two House seats in LD11.

Smith's decision comes days after Westerman indicated he might be interested in the race, as The Range reported on Friday.

Smith's press release after the jump: