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Arizona state Sen. Catherine Miranda announces run for US Congress

Arizona Sen. Catherine Miranda (Facebook/Catherine Miranda)

PHOENIX — Arizona state Sen. Catherine Miranda said she has filed to run for the U.S. House of Representatives against current Rep. Ruben Gallego, she announced Tuesday.

In a statement to the Arizona Capitol Times, Miranda said she has filed to run for Congress in the 7th Congressional District.

“I was born and raised in the district and have committed the last 20 years to serving as an educator and legislator,” part of the statement read. “In this political climate, CD7 deserves a representative that puts ego and partisanship aside to get things done.”

Miranda also launched her campaign website on Tuesday, which featured the following statement:

I’m Catherine Miranda, and I’m a Democrat running for Congress. I have served my district as an educator, as a legislator in the Arizona House of Representatives and Senate, and now it’s time for me to serve you in Congress.  In this divided climate, you deserve someone who will work for you.  You deserve someone who will put partisan politics aside, and get things done.   I grew up in your community, and I know first hand the challenges that your families face.  I know the impact that immigration policies drafted in DC have here at home, and how healthcare and education legislation affects our families.

So far, Miranda is the only Democrat to announce her campaign against Gallego, who was elected to Congress in 2014.

In a statement, Gallego’s office said he ” welcomes state senator Catherine Miranda to the race.

“He’s eager to have an opportunity to demonstrate the difference between a progressive fighting for working people and an anti-choice, corporate-sponsored politician who endorsed Doug Ducey and stood by while he gutted public education.”

After someone broke into her office and left a bloody glove on her porch in June, she alluded to the possibility that someone may have attempted to deter her from running.

Miranda was first elected to the state House of Representatives in 2011. She was first elected in the 16th district, the same seat that her late husband, Ben Miranda, had held, before being redistricted to the 27th district. Miranda was then elected to the state Senate in 2015.

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