Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Tucson Physician Announces Plan To Challenge Grijalva

Posted By on Tue, Feb 14, 2012 at 9:40 AM

Dr. J. Manuel Manny Arreguin: America is like a very unhealthy patient. We need to treat the whole patient, not just manage problems.
  • Dr. J. Manuel "Manny" Arreguin: "America is like a very unhealthy patient. We need to treat the whole patient, not just manage problems."
Congressman Raul Grijalva has picked up a third opponent in the Democratic primary in the new Congressional District 3.

Dr. J. Manuel "Manny" Arreguin sent The Range a press release announcing he was going to challenge Grijalva in the district, which stretches along the Southern Arizona Border from central Tucson to Yuma.

Arreguin joins defense contractor David Crowe—or, as he's renamed himself for the campaign, David Crowe Robles—and former state lawmaker Amanda Aguirre as candidates in the district.

Here's the press release from Arreguin:

Dr. J. Manuel “Manny” Arreguin is announcing his candidacy for the newly drawn 3rd Congressional District, running as a moderate Democrat. Committed to ending the political paralysis stifling Washington, Dr. Arreguin is dedicated to finding common sense solutions to promote job growth, to implement responsible healthcare reform and to apply effective immigration policies.

“America is like a very unhealthy patient. We need to treat the whole patient, not just manage symptoms. Congress is notorious for putting Band-Aids on gaping wounds. As a physician, I hear real problems that impact the daily lives of real people. I am trained to diagnose complex problems and carefully and intentionally come up with effective solutions."

Dr. Arreguin is a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist, currently at El Rio Community Health Center. A leader in the field of women’s healthcare, his current position as chief of staff-elect at Tucson Medical Center has allowed him to be involved with policies that promote and resolve healthcare issues for a diverse group of patients, especially underserved populations. Dr. Arreguin immigrated to the United States from Mexico as a boy, grew up in East Los Angeles and graduated from both UCLA Medical School and Residency Program. He has served Southern Arizona communities for 20 years.

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