With the retirement of Jeff Flake, Arizona’s Senate seat is up for grabs this November. Democrats are fighting fiercely over this competitive seat, hoping to tip the narrow Republican majority in the US Senate. The winner of this election will serve as Arizona’s junior senator alongside former Senator Jon Kyl, who was appointed to replace the late Senator John McCain. Learn about the two candidates below.
Kyrsten Sinema (Democrat):
A Tucson native, Sinema has represented Arizonans in the state legislature and since 2013, in Congress. Sinema has formed her campaign around her bi-partisan spirit. In Congress, Sinema plans to fight for affordable healthcare, veteran benefits and defend Medicare and Social Security. Sinema has promised to work to close the gender pay gap, fully fund the armed forces, fight sex trafficking and support a path for citizenship for undocumented children brought to the US.
Martha McSally (Republican):
McSally, a former colonel in the United States Air Force and the first women to fly fighter jets in combat missions, has represented Arizona in Congress since 2014. McSally has formed her Senate campaign around her record in Congress. McSally has highlighted her efforts to secure Arizona’s southern border, provide veterans the job protecting the border, funding US military projects and passing 18 bills in her three years in Congress.
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