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Safford’s Taylor, Flagstaff’s Putzova announce runs for Congress

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SAFFORD — Safford City Councilman Chris Taylor announced via e-mail Wednesday his intention to run for U.S. Congress in Arizona’s First District in 2020.

He joins former Flagstaff City Councilwoman Eva Putzova in a challenge for the seat currently held by Tom O’Halleran, D-Ariz.

Taylor’s e-mail did not include his reasoning for his run, nor his campaign platform. It did, however, include links to his campaign fund-raising platform, campaign Facebook page and campaign website.

His website lists nine reasons “why I am running for Congress”:

• Our Constitution is in peril

• Our veterans deserve better

• Out of control spending

• The economy

• Education

• Broken immigration system

• Hyper partisanship is destroying this nation

• Opioid epidemic

• National security and foreign policy

Taylor works for Caldwell McDougal Funeral Chapel and is in the final year of a four-year term on the Safford City Council, having been first elected in 2016. He is running as Republican, the first to announce for the 2020 election.

Putzova is running a Democratic primary challenge to incumbent O’Halleran. On her campaign website, she states she was born in Slovakia and became a U.S. citizen in 2007. She was elected to one four-year term on the Flagstaff Council in 2014.

According to her campaign website, Putzova’s issues are:

• Universal health care

• Tuition-free college

• Indigenous rights

• Immigration overhaul

• Meaningful climate action

• No more wars

• Women’s reproductive health

• Workers’ rights

• LGBTQ-plus rights

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