Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Who's Officially Running For Arizona's Congressional Seats In 2014 (and Beyond)?

As candidates and committees begin filing their quarterly finance reports, it is a good time to take a quick look at who has actually filed his or her Statement of Candidacy for next year's Congressional elections.

First, and most easily, ALL of Arizona's current Congresspeople have filed to run for re-election.  They need to in order to raise any money, as Reps. Trent Franks and Matt Salmon found out in May, when the Federal Election Commission ("FEC") sent them letters giving them 35 days to file their Statement of Candidacy, as their committees had already been raising funds.

Even Arizona's two Senators - John McCain and Jeff Flake - have filed their Statements of Candidacy.  McCain is not up for re-election until 2016, and Flake is already running for 2018.  As Arizona's Politics noted earlier, Flake is already holding fundraisers.

Now, without further ado, the list of Congressional challengers, by District.  It features several who were unsuccessful last year, as well as two newcomers.  Democratic Representatives Kyrsten Sinema and Raul Grijalva have already attracted a crowd of challengers:

Congressional District 1 (incumbent: Kirkpatrick-Dem; website):
Congressional District 2 (incumbent: Barber-Dem; website):
--Martha McSally (R) (Previous article)(website)
Congressional District 3 (incumbent: Grijalva-Dem):
--Gabriela Saucedo Mercer (R) (lost in general 2012) (website)
--Jaime Vasquez (R) (lost in primary 2012)
Congressional District 4 (incumbent: Gosar-Repub; website):
--Mikel Weisser (D) (political activist) (website)
Congressional District 5 (incumbent: Salmon-Repub; website):

Congressional District 6 (incumbent: Schweikert-Repub; website):

Congressional District 7 (incumbent: Pastor-Dem; website):

Congressional District 8 (incumbent: Franks-Repub; website):

Congressional District 9 (incumbent: Sinema-Dem; website):
--Wendy Rogers (R) (lost in primary 2012) (website)
--Martin Sepulveda (R) (lost in primary 2012) (website)
--Vernon Parker (R) (lost in general 2012) (website)
--Andrew Walter (R) (new to politics) (website)

*State lawmaker Adam Kwasman (R) has announced an exploratory committee, but has not filed with the FEC.

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