Tucson-area congressional races include competitive CD6 primaries | Local News

There are two competitive primaries in a congressional district that covers part of Tucson. The new CD6 extends from downtown Tucson through Graham and Greenlee counties and most of Cochise County and into Casa Grande.

U.S. Representative Ann Kirkpatrick, a Democrat, currently holds the seat in what was once CD2 before this year’s redistricting. She is not a candidate for re-election. CD2 has long been known as a competitive district, held by a Republican or Democrat in recent years.

The Aug. 2 primaries include five Republicans on the ballot and three Democrats.

Candidates for Congressional District 6 in 2022: top, left to right, Avery Anderson, Kirsten Engel, Daniel Hernandez, Brandon Martin. Bottom, left to right, Kathleen Winn, Lucretia Free, Young Mayberry, Juan Ciscomani.

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Among the candidates are two well-known Democrats who represented Tucson for years in the state Legislature, Daniel Hernandez and Kirsten Engel.

Engel most recently represented Legislative District 10 in the Arizona Senate. She served in that role from January 2021 until September, when she left to focus on her campaign for Congress. Prior to that, she served two terms as a state representative for District 10. Additionally, Engel is an environmental attorney.

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Its main issues include access to affordable and quality health care, protection of the environment and natural resources, investment in the development of physical and social infrastructure, reproductive choice and the strengthening of social security. and health insurance.

Learn more about Engel at engelforarizona.com.

Hernandez has represented Arizona’s Legislative District 2 since 2017 and is a co-founder of the House LGBTQ Caucus. He was previously a member of the Sunnyside Unified School District Board of Trustees.

Hernandez became well known when he was a member of former U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords’ staff during the 2011 Tucson shooting that left six people dead and 13 injured, including the congresswoman, who was shot in the head. Hernandez was the first to administer first aid to the Giffords before paramedics arrived and was later honored by President Barack Obama.

Its main issues include pandemic preparedness, reproductive rights, suffrage, fighting inflation, the environment, gun violence prevention, education and health care.

To learn more about Hernandez, visit danielhernandezforcongress.com.

Avery Anderson, an engineer at Raytheon and a political newcomer, is the other Democrat in the primary race.

Anderson’s main issues include inspiring young voters and younger representation, data-driven decision-making, sustainable energy, increasing education, access to healthcare options affordable health care and restoring a sense of normalcy, transparency and communication in government.

Learn more about Anderson at averyforcongress.com.


There are five Republicans on the ballot and one written vying to be his party’s nominee in the general election.

Brandon Martin, a self-described constitutional conservative, was the Republican nominee against Kirkpatrick in 2020. He had run for the seat once before, in 2018, losing the primary to former Tucson Hispanic House Speaker Lea Marquez Peterson.

Martin’s main issues include an “America First” agenda, securing the southern border, second amendment rights, being anti-abortion, national defense, balancing the budget, cutting spending and federal government, and give more power to the states.

To learn more about Martin, visit brandonforarizona.com.

Kathleen Winn has spent 27 years in banking, credit and real estate. Prior to that, she was a local television reporter in Tucson, then worked in marketing and advertising. She is a member of the Maricopa County Community College District Board of Trustees. Previously, she served as Director of Community Outreach and Education at the Arizona Attorney General’s Office, where she focused on veterans’ issues. In 2016, she lost a bid for Mesa City Council.

Winn’s main issues include border security, public safety, education and election integrity.

To learn more about Winn, visit winnforcongress.com.

Lucretia Free is an entrepreneur and the founder and publisher of The Vail Voice, a community newspaper covering Vail and surrounding areas for over 20 years. She also founded the Southeast Regional Council, a nonpartisan group of residents, businesses, and nonprofit organizations in southeast Pima County that works with elected officials at all levels to resolve issues important to the community.

Its main issues include the economy, the border, a well-resourced military, and support for community colleges and trade schools.

To learn more about Free, visit free4congress.com.

Young Mayberry is a retired lieutenant colonel who served 28 years in the Air Force, part of it at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. During his military career, he spent a lot of time in Latin America and taught counterinsurgency courses to Latin American officers at Fort Benning in Georgia. He was also an assistant Spanish teacher at the Air Force Academy and a high school athletic trainer and agricultural science teacher.

Its main issues include personal property, a secure border, strong national defense, limited government, constitutional government, second amendment rights, free enterprise, and being anti-abortion.

To learn more about Mayberry, visit youngmayberryforushouse.com.

Juan Ciscomani is Governor Doug Ducey’s senior adviser on regional and international affairs. Previously, he was a senior program development specialist at the University of Arizona and vice president of outreach for the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in Tucson.

Ciscomani’s top issues include border security, the economy, election integrity, second amendment rights, support for first responders and veterans, energy independence, opposition to abortion, economy and inflation, first amendment rights.

To learn more about Ciscomani, visit juanciscomani.com.

Republican candidate Jordan Flayer is a written candidate.

Other races

Other congressional races include:

The new Congressional District 2, officially CD 1, which now includes a northern slice of Tucson and extends into the northeast part of the state, including Prescott and Flagstaff. The seat is currently held by U.S. Representative Tom O’Halleran, who is running unopposed in the Democratic primary.

Leading Republican CD2 candidates include: State Representative Walt Blackman, small business owner Eli Crane, Williams Mayor John Moore, alleged architect of the QAnon conspiracy theory Ron Watkins, owner of small business Steven Krystofiak, businessman Mark DeLuzio and small business owner. Andy Yates.

Congressional District 7, officially CD3, is the seat occupied by longtime U.S. Representative Raúl Grijalva, who is running unopposed. CD7 includes the western half of Tucson, extends west to Yuma, north to the western suburbs of Phoenix, and south to Nogales.

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