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Greg Stanton lays out priorities in Congress after winning US House seat

Rep.-elect Greg Stanton, D-Ariz., celebrates his win at an election night gathering for Democrats Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Phoenix. Stanton defeated Republican Steve Ferrara in Arizona's 9th Congressional District. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

PHOENIX — Former Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton has quite the to-do list now that he has been elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.

After finding a home in Washington, D.C., Stanton said he has plenty of priorities he hopes to tackle during his first session in Congress.

“I’m going to accomplish exactly what I said I was going to do,” Stanton told KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Arizona’s Morning News on Wednesday.

Those priorities include increasing infrastructure investment, having additional protections on health care for people with pre-existing conditions, passing comprehensive immigration reform and getting dark money out of federal elections.

“We’ve got a very busy agenda,” Stanton said. “Let’s get right to work.”

Out of all of his priorities, Stanton said he believes the one that could be accomplished quickly is improving infrastructure because President Donald Trump has talked about it.

“I think it’s time we meet him halfway and get a deal done where we can actually get a lot of people to work, advance the American economy and build for the future,” he said.

“That’s one area where I really think we can get something done quickly.”

While some of Stanton’s fellow House Democrats have pledged to pursue impeachment charges and investigations against Trump, Stanton distanced himself from those talks.

“Do you know what I’m focusing on? Exactly what I said I was going to run on and what I did run on and what the voters of (Congressional District 9) overwhelmingly supported me because of and that is a results-orientated bipartisan agenda,” Stanton said.

Stanton beat Republican Steve Ferrara in the race for the seat, 59 percent to 40 percent, on Tuesday.

The seat was formerly held by fellow Democrat Kyrsten Sinema, who has been the district’s only representative since it was formed after the 2010 Census.

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