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PHOENIX (AP) - A new state senator for northeastern Arizona's 7th District may face a residency challenge.

Democrat Carlyle W. Begay was sworn into office at the Capitol Tuesday morning to replace Sen. Jack Jackson Jr. The Apache County Board of Supervisors appointed Begay last week.

Rep. Albert Hale was 1 of 3 people who applied to a citizen's commission for the job. Hale's lawyer tells the Arizona Capitol Times he may challenge Begay's residency. Begay has lived in Gilbert for several years but changed his voter registration to Apache County on July 22.

Begay told The Associated Press Tuesday that he's "well aware" of the laws requiring residency and is not concerned about the possible challenge.

Jackson resigned last month to take a job with the U.S. State Department.

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