Former Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick has confirmed she is running for the U.S. House of Representatives. Kirkpatrick served one term in the House before losing last fall to Republican U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar.
The Flagstaff Democrat tells The Associated Press she is running because the district needs a moderate representative in Congress.
Kirkpatrick says jobs and economic development are the top priority for northern Arizonans along with a good education system.
Kirkpatrick said Wednesday she thinks she lost to Gosar because voters were angry over the economy. The former congresswoman says Gosar is out of touch with the district and she plans to be more accessible if voters elect her.
Gosar’s campaign released a statement Wednesday saying voters have already rejected Ann Kirkpatrick’s liberal voting record and they will once again in 2012.