Glendale doctor enters race for Arizona’s 8th Congressional District
PHOENIX — A Glendale doctor has thrown her hat into the ring and will run for the U.S. House in Arizona’s 8th Congressional District, her campaign said Wednesday.
“I believe in solving problems and improving lives, which is all about people, not partisanship,” Democrat Dr. Hiral Tipirneni said in a press release. “That’s what I did in the emergency room, and I’m running for Congress to do the same.”
Tipirneni entered the race as a Democrat. Should she win the primary, she will likely face off with incumbent U.S. Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz).
Next year’s congressional run will be Tipirneni’s first step into the political arena.
“I’m not a career politician, but I’ve successfully worked with people from all walks of life and I promise to bring that team-oriented approach to working with Republicans and Democrats alike to get the results we need,” she said in the release.
Tipirneni was born in India and moved to the United States with her family when she was 3 because “her parents were seeking the American dream,” the release said. She was raised in Ohio.
She moved to Arizona with her husband, Kishore, who is also a doctor. The couple has three children.
Tipirneni sits on the board of directors of the Maricopa Health Foundation and has worked in at least four Valley hospitals.