Former lawmaker McGuire challenging O’Halleran in Democrat primary

Barbara McGuire, who served the Arizona House of Representatives from 2007-10 and in the state Senate from 2013-16,
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By Jeremy Duda | Arizona Mirror

A former Democratic state senator is running against Congressman Tom O’Halleran in next year’s primary, and despite her reputation as a moderate during her years in the legislature, she’s challenging him from the left.

Barbara McGuire, who served the Arizona House of Representatives from 2007-10 and in the state Senate from 2013-16, filed paperwork on Aug. 15 to run against O’Halleran for the Democratic nomination in the 1st Congressional District. 

O’Halleran, who is in his second term in the U.S. House of Representatives, is known as a centrist Democrat. He was moderate Republican during his own career in the legislature from 2001-09, ran as an independent during an unsuccessful campaign for the state Senate in 2014, and became a Democrat before running in 2016 for the U.S. House. 

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