Safford Councilman Suspends Congressional Run After Overdose

Feb 24, 2020

A Safford city councilman who was running for a Congressional seat has suspended his campaign after having a drug relapse last week.

Safford City Council member Chris Taylor says he's suspended his congressional campaign after a recent overdose.
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In a statement, Chris Taylor says he’s seeking treatment for a substance abuse disorder. Taylor also says he will fully cooperate with local authorities on any matters arising from his relapse and overdose. The Arizona Republic reported Monday that Taylor is a military veteran who has battled opioid addiction since high school. Taylor says he relapsed after “many solid years in sobriety.” Taylor had been seeking the Republican nomination in the 1st Congressional District currently represented by incumbent Rep. Tom O'Halleran, a Democrat in his second term. The 1st District spans northeastern Arizona and runs to the outskirts of Tucson.