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Anita Malik joins Democratic race to unseat US Rep. David Schweikert

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PHOENIX – A second Democrat with campaign experience has entered the 2020 race for Republican U.S. Rep. David Schweikert’s seat.

Anita Malik announced Wednesday she is taking a second run at the office in Arizona’s 6th Congressional District, which includes parts of north Phoenix, Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Cave Creek and Fountain Hills.

“We still need a representative that will put labels aside to unite the community, leadership that will build progressive prosperity and a family-first economy,” Malik said in an announcement video.

“Those are my promises.”

Malik was the Democratic nominee for the seat in 2018, when she lost to Schweikert by more than 10% in her first foray into politics.

The Scottsdale businesswoman joined Dr. Hiral Tipirneni in the Democratic field for 2020.

Tipirneni announced her bid earlier this month, taking aim at Schweikert’s seat after losing twice to Republican Debbie Lesko in District 8 last year, once in an April special election and again in the November general election.

Schweikert first won the seat in 2010. The district leans strongly toward the GOP, but an ongoing House Ethics Committee investigation could throw a wrench into his bid for a sixth term.

According to Politico, citing recent campaign filings, Schweikert owes more than $229,000 in legal fees related to the investigation, nearly equal to the amount of cash his reelection committee had on hand as of March 30.

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