Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Doug McKee, a Fort Mohave businessman, will face Ann Kirkpatrick for the District 1 seat

 Doug McKee announces candidacy for 1st Congressional District, will face former Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick in November

Doug McKee, who runs a general contracting business in Fort Mohave,  announced his candidacy today for the District 1 seat in Congress, and will square off against former Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, a Democrat, in the November 2012 election. 
"As a political outsider who understands the free market and hard work, I know the task at hand in Washington is immense,” said McKee. “That is why we need people representing our communities who have real world private sector experience and who will unequivocally uphold the United States Constitution."
Recently, McKee, who was running for the U.S. Senate, endorsed Mesa businessman Wil Cardon who seeks to replace retiring Senator Jon Kyl. McKee highlighted Cardon’s background as a proven job creator and fiscal conservative; the exact characteristics needed in our next U.S. Senator. McKee noticed the need for a strong conservative to represent the First Congressional District and decided his skill set would better serve the people from the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Kirkpatrick announced in March 2011 that she would seek re-election for the District 1 seat. Kirkpatrick said, "For two years, I had the opportunity and honor to serve as your Representative in Congress, and together we fought for the best interests of district one and made a real difference in the lives of Greater Arizona's families. We created thousands of good-paying jobs and protected thousands more. We made it easier to get health care and made it more affordable. We invested in our law enforcement communities and made our families safer from drug cartel violence.

"For the last few months, I have traveled around the district meeting with neighbors and friends and reflecting not only on what we accomplished in those short two years but also on what is still left to be done.  After talking with my family, my neighbors, and community leaders across district one, I have decided to run for Congress again in 2012."

When Kirkpatrick made her announcement she believed that she would face Republican incumbent District 1 Rep. Paul Gosar.

But when the state census figures came in, the numbers allowed for an additional district and the "River District" was created.

Gosar announced his plan on Jan. 9 to seek to represent the newly created "River District", Congressional District 4. Some 200,000 residents of this District are from the former District 1 and are already represented by Gosar.

The 4th District encompasses half of Pinal County, wraps up and around the Valley and includes Yavapai, Mohave, La Paz, and part of Yuma counties.

Both Kirkpatrick and Gosar live in Flagstaff, which is part of District 1.

Gosar seeks to represent a district where he is not a resident, but is able to do so because the Constitution requires only that a member of the U.S. House of Representatives reside in the state they represent. According to the internet site WikiAnswers, there is, however, "a strongly followed convention that House members maintain a residence in the district they represent. It is highly uncommon for a member not to do so."

Editor's Note: On Feb. 13, 2012, an article in the Red Rock News identified other candidates for the District One seat and noted the following: "In Congressional District 1, Kirkpatrick now faces Democratic lawyer Wenona Benally Baldenegro, Republican businessman Doug McKee and Republican Jonathan Paton, a former state legislator and lobbyist for a payday loan company." 

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