TUCSON, Ariz. — Former U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick is considering a possible run next year for Arizona’s 2nd Congressional District.
The Arizona Daily Star reported Kirkpatrick recently moved to Tucson and said she will form an exploratory committee ahead of a run for the Democratic nomination next year.
The Democrat previously served three terms in Congress. She was replaced in the 1st Congressional District, which covers several counties spanning from Oro Valley to Flagstaff, by Democrat Tom O’Halleran.
She unsuccessfully challenged John McCain last year for a U.S. Senate race.
The Democratic winner of the 2nd Congressional District race will face second-term Republican U.S. Rep. Martha McSally.
The district was expected to draw the national political spotlight in the 2018 midterms since the election will likely be a close race that both national parties think they can win.
Kirkpatrick said she wanted to tour the entire district, which included all of Cochise County and a portion of Tucson and Pima County to get a better understanding of what residents want from their congressional representation.
Kirkpatrick isn’t a stranger to Tucson. She got her law degree at the University of Arizona and worked in the Pima County Attorney’s Office.
If Kirkpatrick opted to get in the race, she faces a crowded primary field. Nine Democrats have either announced they are running or are testing the waters for a run.
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