Tuesday, July 7, 2015

It's Official: State Rep. Victoria Steele is Running for Congress & Hopes to Unseat McSally

Posted By on Tue, Jul 7, 2015 at 12:28 PM

  • Courtesy of Victoria Steele for Congress

State Rep. Victoria Steele is full-on running for Congress, and she really wants to unseat U.S. Rep. Martha McSally in Congressional District 2.

Steele, a Democrat from Tucson, officially launched her campaign website earlier today and issued this statement:
I am excited to share with you that I'm running for Congress.

I have been your strong voice in the Arizona State House of Representatives and now I want to fight for you in the United States Congress - District 2.

CD2 has been well served in the past by the transformational leadership of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and Congressman Ron Barber. With your help, I will build on their legacies in the United State Congress.

I grew up believing that in the United States, if you work hard and play by the rules, you deserve a fighting chance at success. I’m running for Congress because today the deck is stacked in favor of those at the top – they’ve broken that promise of the American Dream. We need to return to that promise of opportunity for all Americans.
Her priorities will include fostering jobs with livable wages, protecting Social Security and Medicare, making college affordable, reducing debt for students, and protecting women's rights. She is also a strong advocate against human trafficking. 

Last month, Steele announced on her Facebook that she was interested in running. At the time, she said she was deeply humbled by the large number of people who had asked her to consider running for Congress. "The folks I have met believe their voices have been silenced by dark money that put millions into the last election," she said at the time. "They are discouraged and disgusted with what is happening and they are running out of hope."

(In another Facebook post, she also expressed discontent for McSally's continuous opposition to granting women abortion rights.)

The National Republican Congressional Committee's Regional Press Secretary Zach Hunter issued this statement:
Just one day after Martha McSally announced a staggering $1M fundraising quarter, extreme liberal Victoria Steele has announced her candidacy in AZ-02. 

Victoria Steele is just another out of touch liberal who is eager to blindly march to the beat of Nancy Pelosi’s drum. Steele is simply too partisan and too far left for 2nd District families.
Other potential Democrats running for the seat are former state lawmaker Matt Heinz and Nan Walden, a former D.C. attorney, according to a write up by Jim Nintzel.

McSally unseated Ron Barber in a very close race last year. 

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