SAFFORD — The race to see who represents Graham and Greenlee counties in Congress is getting crowded.
On Wednesday, Tiffany Shedd announced she was seeking the Republican nomination to run for Arizona 1st Congressional District.
“I am running for Congress because I have had enough of the ‘all talk, no action’ politicians in DC,” Shedd said in her announcement. “In Congress, my top priority will be to work with President Trump to secure our underfunded and undermanned southern border and build the wall, unlike Congressman O’Halleran, who votes 92 percent of the time with AOC (U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.). It’s time we have a representative in Congress who will fight for the issues that matter to our communities.”
Shedd ran in the Republican primary in 2018 and finished third, behind Steve Smith and winner Wendy Rogers, who went on to lose to incumbent Tom O’Halleran, D-Ariz., in the general election.
To qualify for the primary, Shedd will have to collect a minimum of 1,333 or a maximum of 26,650 signatures from registered Republican or independent voters.
Also announced as running for the Republican nomination for Arizona’s 1st Congressional District is Safford City Councilman Chris Taylor, while KAFF radio in Flagstaff is reporting that other Republicans running include Ricky Bunch, of Casa Grande, and Pedro Debalsa, of Safford. Messages for Debalsa were not immediately returned.
O’Halleran announced he would seek a third term in 2020. Challenging him in the Democratic primary are Eva Putzova, of Flagstaff, and Larry Williams, of Chambers.