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Updated Aug 15, 2014 - 1:36 pm

Arizona congressional candidate has cancer, will stay in race

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PHOENIX -- Arizona congressional candidate Adam Kwasman has a form of slow-growing blood cancer but has no plans to drop out of the race.

The 31-year-old member of the Arizona House of Representatives from Oro Valley said Thursday he was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia in June 2013. He said he planned to keep the condition private but is talking now because of rumors that he was sick.

"When my advisors knew about the cancer, my instructions to them were to keep this private, entirely," Kwasman said.

He said the cancer was caught early, won't require treatment for about a decade and is a manageable disease.

Kwasman is running in the Republican primary for the 1st Congressional District seat held by Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick. He faces Arizona House Speaker Andy Tobin and rancher/businessman Gary Kiehne in the Aug. 26 primary.

Both men tweeted well-wishes to Kwasman.

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