Tucson senator announces for Kirkpatrick’s House seat

Sen. Kirsten Engel /Capitol Media Services 2018 file photo by Howard Fischer

Information from Twitter, campaign, numerous sources 

Democratic Sen. Kirsten Engel of Tucson Engel, an environmental law professor at University of Arizona,

announced Friday she’s running for Congress. She becomes the first major candidate to jump into the race to replace retiring Democratic Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick.

“I want to bring my experience as an attorney, legislator, woman, and mom to Washington to help southern AZ families and small businesses — to not only recover from the global pandemic, but to take that next step to building a sustainable economy with opportunities for all,” Engel wrote on Twitter.

Potential rivals include Pima County Supervisor Matt Heinz and state Rep. Randy Friese, who wrote on Twitter this week that he and his wife are “carefully and thoughtfully” planning for their future, and 

Engel served two terms in the statse House before her election to the Senate.

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