(PHOENIX) — Ron Barber, a longtime aide of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, will throw his hat in the ring for her House seat now that Giffords has decided not to run for election this year, reports say.
Barber, who served as Giffords’ district manager, was among those wounded in Tucson, Ariz., last January when a lone gunman went on a shooting rampage that nearly took the life of Giffords while killing six people.
Pima County Democratic Party chairman Jeff Rogers said he was authorized, “to announce Barber’s likely candidacy” for the primary to be held on April 17. If Barber gets the Democratic nod, he’d face the Republican candidate in a special election this June.
However, Barber’s intention would only be to fill out the rest of Giffords’ term. He is believed to have no desire to stay in Washington beyond next January.
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