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State Sen. McGuire considers congressional run
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State Sen. McGuire considers congressional run

A second Democrat serving in the state Legislature is considering entering the Congressional District 1 race.

State Sen. Barbara McGuire announced plans to form an exploratory committee.

The Kearney Democrat announced only a few hours after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against Arizona Republicans who had challenged the voter-approved independent commission that drew the congressional and legislative boundaries.

In her announcement, McGuire said the rural district needs someone who understands their needs.

“The residents of rural Arizona deserve a representative who understands the unique needs of our communities. They deserve someone who will fight every day to create jobs and uphold their values,” said McGuire.

She also said current CD1 Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick served with distinction but the district “cannot afford to lose a champion in Congress.”

Kirkpatrick announced earlier this year she would challenge Republican John McCain for his senate seat. McCain has announced that he will seek a sixth term in the Senate.

In May, state Rep. Catherine Miranda said shortly after Kirkpatrick’s announcement that she would form an exploratory committee. A Democrat from Phoenix, Miranda was first elected to the statehouse in 2010.

On the Republican side, rancher Gary Kiehne has already announced he will run again for the congressional seat.

Contact Joe Ferguson at 573-4197 or

On Twitter: @JoeFerguson

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Joe has been with the Star for six years. He covers politics as well as the city of Tucson and other municipalities in Southern Arizona. He graduated from the UA and previously worked for the Arizona Daily Sun.

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