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Republican candidate Chris Taylor ends congressional bid after overdose
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Republican candidate Chris Taylor ends congressional bid after overdose

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Congressional candidate Chris Taylor announced Monday he would be suspending his campaign after suffering a reported heroin overdose last week.

Taylor had been running for the Republican nomination as he sought to unseat Rep. Tom O’Halleran in the U.S. House of Representatives.

In a post to Facebook on Monday, Taylor announced he would be seeking treatment for substance abuse disorder and thanked supporters for the wishes of love he had received.

“The only thing I can do is face this head on in complete humility and put one foot in front of the other so that I can get the help needed to be the father and husband that my family deserves,” Taylor wrote on Facebook. “I know that through the grace of my loving savior Jesus Christ I will be restored to full health and bounce back from this and be stronger than ever.”

Last week, Taylor was found unresponsive by a family member in his home in Safford, according to the Gila Herald. Taylor was revived after paramedics arrived and administered Narcan, which blocks the effects of opioids.

Taylor has previously suffered addiction to opioids and had spoken about his experience with the issue on the campaign trail.

Taylor told the Arizona Daily Sun in 2019 that before he ran for Congress he began a nonprofit focused on helping those struggling with opioid addiction. The organization, Desert Eagle Addiction Recovery, helped people get treatment and then transition back into the community.

Nonetheless, in his Facebook post, Taylor said he somehow relapsed.

“Thankfully I have every resource available to me through the Veterans Affairs Administration and I have the strongest support system one could dream of,” Taylor wrote on Facebook. “My family stands behind me 100% and I feel the love and prayers of our amazing Gila Valley community.”

In 2009 and 2008, Taylor spent two tours in Afghanistan as a paratrooper. He has also struggled with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Taylor was one of four Republican candidates vying for the nomination. Tiffany Shedd, Nolan Reidhead and Williams Mayor John Moore are all still hoping to represent the district, which spans from the Arizona-Utah border to the suburbs of Tucson.

Adrian Skabelund can be reached at the office at askabelund@azdailysun.com, by phone at (928) 556-2261 or on Twitter @AdrianSkabelund.

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