4 state lawmakers seek move to Congress

Congress Arizona Congressional District 1 Congressional District 2 Congressional District 3 In this April 29, 2021, file photo, the dome of the U.S. Capitol is seen through a glass ceiling in Washington. Four Arizona state lawmakers are vying for seats in Congress in the 2022 election and more are likely to run once the new boundaries for congressional districts are drawn. /PHOTO BY AMANDA ANDRADE-RHOADES/ASSOCIATED PRESS

By Nathan Brown | Arizona Capitol Times 

At least four Arizona lawmakers – three of them Democrats vying for the same open Tucson-area congressional seat – are running for Congress next year. 

Rep. Walt Blackman, R-Snowflake, who has represented Legislative District 6 since 2019, is running to represent Arizona’s 1st Congressional District, a sprawling purple district covering most of rural northern and eastern Arizona currently represented by Democrat Tom O’Halleran, who is running for re-election. 

Further south, U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick’s announcement that she doesn’t plan to run for another term has set off a scramble among Democrats looking to take her place representing the 2nd Congressional District, which covers the southeastern corner of the state and much of Tucson. Three Democratic state lawmakers have already declared – two of whom have a direct connection to the 2011 near-fatal shooting of the district’s former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords. 

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