ARIZONA NEWS

Arizona Rep. Kyrsten Sinema to run for re-election in 2018, won’t challenge Flake

May 3, 2017, 8:01 PM | Updated: 8:40 pm
Follow @KTAR923...
LISTEN: Kyrsten Sinema, Arizona Congresswoman

PHOENIX — Arizona Rep. Kyrsten Sinema confirmed that she will run for re-election in the 2018 primary, bringing an end to any speculation that she would challenge Sen. Jeff Flake.

Sinema joked an injury has her “walking for re-election,” but confirmed that starting at the end of June, she will be “running for re-election.”

“I’m very happy,” Sinema told KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Darin Damme on Wednesday. “I’m very proud to do it.”

For a time, Sinema was viewed as a potential Democratic challenger for Flake’s Senate seat.

But she has come under fire recently after it was revealed her campaign accepted $10,600 from the founders of Backpage.com, a classified website that advertised prostitution with underage girls, in 2013 and 2016.

Sinema has since donated more than $53,000 — donations from the Backpage.com owners, employees and their family members — to the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence, but some voters are still skeptical.

According to the latest Federal Election Commission records, Sinema raised nearly $584,000 in the first quarter and had $2.8 million in cash.

Sinema’s district includes Tempe, Ahwatukee and parts of Phoenix and Scottsdale. She was first elected to the U.S. House in 2012.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

(Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)...
Griselda Zetino

Arizona doctor says recovery from COVID-19 can last weeks, months after infection for some

An Arizona doctor said about 30% of people who’ve had COVID-19 will experience symptoms that persist, relapse or recur for more than 30 days after they were infected.
7 hours ago
(Facebook photo/America (The Band)...
KTAR.com

Good Life Festival with America, Don Felder coming to Schnepf Farms in Queen Creek next month

The Good Life Festival is set to return in November at its new home of Schnepf Farms in Queen Creek with iconic rock and roll band America headlining the event.
7 hours ago
Hector Alvarez (United States Marshals Service Task Force Photo)...
KTAR.com

US Marshals Service Task Force arrests Arizona man on charges related to weapons violations

The United States Marshals Service Task Force has arrested a man in Yuma based on a warrant issued for his arrest on charges related to weapons violations, authorities said Friday.
7 hours ago
(Photo by Simone Joyner/Getty Images)...
Danny Shapiro

Coldplay bringing tour to State Farm Stadium in Glendale next year

Grammy Award-winning rock band Coldplay is inviting its Arizona fans to "Viva La Vida" next May when it makes a tour stop at State Farm Stadium in Glendale.
7 hours ago
(File photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images)...
Chad Bradley I Cronkite News

Low-income voters cast nearly 44% of all Arizona votes in 2020, study finds

Low-income voters accounted for 35% of the 168 million votes cast nationwide in the 2020 presidential election, and in Arizona that percentage was 44, according to a recent study by the Poor People’s Campaign.
7 hours ago
Hudson Park is one of various locations Tempe council members will consider renaming after being li...
KTAR.com

Weekend wrap-up: Here are the biggest Arizona stories from Oct. 15-17

Tempe city council members considering renaming locations linked to a local Ku Klux Klan chapter from the 1920s is among the biggest Arizona stories of the weekend.
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

...
DISC DESERT INSTITUTE FOR SPINE CARE

What you need to know about spine health

With 540 million people suffering from lower back pain, it remains the leading cause of long-term disability. That’s why World Spine Day on Oct. 16 will raise awareness about spinal health with its theme, BACK2BACK. “BACK2BACK will focus on highlighting ways in which people can help their spines by staying mobile, avoiding physical inactivity, not overloading […]
...
PNC Bank

3 cool tips to turn everyday moments into learning experiences for your child

Early brain development has a crucial impact on a child’s ability to learn and succeed in school and life. Research has shown that 90% of a child’s brain is developed by age five.
...
Chris Kennedy

My Special Aflac Duck® taking flight in Arizona

For more than 65 years, Aflac has had the extraordinary opportunity and privilege to help provide peace of mind to individuals who have our supplemental insurance policies.
Arizona Rep. Kyrsten Sinema to run for re-election in 2018, won’t challenge Flake