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Tipirneni, Malik Likely to Face Off in AZ-06 Primary

They were Democratic nominees in different districts in 2018.

Feb. 19, 2019, 9:53 a.m.

“Two Arizona Democrats who made a splash last year by battling—but losing—in usually safe Republican areas of the Valley are considering running next year against five-term” Rep. David Schweikert (R-06). Emergency-room physician Hiral Tipirneni (D) and businesswoman Anita Malik (D) are both gearing up for runs. Tipirneni ran in 2018 against Rep. Debbie Lesko (R) and Malik lost to Schweikert.

“Malik said Tipirneni texted her weeks ago to say she has already decided to run, a move that doesn't sit well with Malik. 'In a lot of ways, it's very disappointing,’ Malik said. ‘We were never besties. We're friendly. I have great respect for her. ... Not being from the district, it does concern me.’”

Malik “largely suspended her campaign in the final weeks as her husband battled a brain illness. Malik lost in November by 10.4 percentage points.” Tipirneni “said she has been approached by national organizations and donors urging her to challenge Schweikert.” (Arizona Republic)

AZ-01: Former Flagstaff City Councilwoman Eva Putzova (D) “is focusing on the need for immigration reform as she mounts a Democratic primary challenge to Rep. Tom O'Halleran (D).” Putzova “came to the United States from Slovakia in 2000 and became a U.S. citizen in 2007. It took that long, Putzova said, because of a broken immigration system that she says sets applicants up to fail.” She “is running as a progressive Democrat against the incumbent O'Halleran, one of the most moderate Democrats in the House who has supported President Donald Trump on several fronts.” The DCCC reaffirmed its support for O’Halleran. (Arizona Republic)

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