Who Is Running For Gifford’s Seat?

The race to replace Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has finished its first step, as the filing deadline has passed for candidates to declare they will run.

According to Roll Call, the Democratic side is set, with Gifford’s former director Ron Barber being the only candidate to file.  Barber, who was wounded during the assassination attempt that kept Giffords out of Congress for a year before she announced her retirement, is expected to have full support from the party after announcing she asked him specifically to run for her seat.

Less clear is who will be the Republican challenger. Four candidates have filed paperwork, and their background is fairly mixed.  One is a former state senator, two are military veterans, and one is a sports broadcaster.

Of the four, only one is female.

The Republicans will compete in a primary on April 17th, and the winner will face off against Barber on June 12th.


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Doris Turner
Doris Turner3 years ago

Gabby was one sane vote from Arizona. She did more for our Veterans than any other legislator from Arizona. Ron Barber will be a good replacement. You go guy.

Hope S.
Hope Sellers3 years ago

On announcing his candidacy Ron Barber stated, “While there will never be anyone who can fill Congresswoman Giffords’ shoes, I look forward to continuing her legacy of putting problem-solving before politics,” Barber said.

He added, “My first priority won’t be the next election -- but the next generation.”

Since he was Gifford's district director he is well aware of what
needs to be done and he has her backing. That is better for his state and our country than any Republican.

Tina Grinnell
Tina G.3 years ago

Barber has no political experience at all, it is simply a pity vote to keep democrates in office.

Winn Adams
Winn Adams3 years ago


Marilyn L.
Marilyn L.3 years ago

Gabby will be hard to replace but Barber will come close.

Cathryn C.
Cathryn C.3 years ago

Work for it Ron..and then work for us all..Gabrielle is depending on you

Sheila D.
Sheila D.3 years ago

Should be interesting.

Marianne C.
Marianne C.3 years ago

Whoever beats another Teapublican out of a seat in Congress is fine by me.

James Maynard
James Maynard3 years ago

Best wishes to Mr. Barber and my friends in Arizona.
You have some mighty big shoes to fill.

Sue Jones
Sue Jones3 years ago

We lost a devoted, working Congresswoman in Gabby. In a state like AZ, she'll be hard to replace.