Matt Heinz: "I Want To Reaffirm My Candidacy for Arizona's Newly Drawn 2nd Congressional District"

State Rep. Matt Heinz announced this morning on his website that he would continue his challenge to Ron Barber in the August Democratic primary for Congressional District 2, despite Barber's big win yesterday.

Judging from what I heard from Democrats gathered at Barber's victory party last night, Heinz will face a lot of pressure from party power brokers and his fellow lawmakers to drop out of the race, but at this point, he's not budging. His statement:

With considerable relief, I congratulate Ron Barber on his victory today. I wish Ron the best as he completes Gabby’s term in Congress over the next few months. Now that the special election has concluded, I want to reaffirm my candidacy for Arizona’s newly drawn 2nd Congressional District.

As a practicing physician and lawmaker, I’m in a unique position to tackle our struggling economy, improve the Affordable Care Act and stabilize Medicare and Social Security. We need to make smart revisions to our laws while continuing to support the most vulnerable in our communities.