U.S. Rep. Ron Barber has made his decision: He’s running for re-election in 2014.
Days after telling the Arizona Capitol Times he hadn’t decided whether he would run in 2014 and saying he still had to discuss the issue with his family, Barber released a statement today pledging his full effort to keep his seat in Arizona’s 2nd Congressional District.
“I am focused on doing my job, serving Southern Arizona – not re-election,” Barber said. “There will be plenty of time next year to talk about the campaign – but let me be clear – I will be running and am putting everything in place to win.”
In a Nov. 16 interview, Barber declined to commit to the race, although he acknowledged his fundraising and his campaign staff was already laying the groundwork to “keep the options open for a new campaign.”
But when asked it was his intent to run, the congressman said, “I have not yet made that decision.”
The Republican National Congressional Committee is targeting Barber’s seat, as well as three other Democrat-held Arizona congressional districts. The congressman is expected to face a rematch next fall with former U.S. Air Force Col. Martha McSally, whom he narrowly defeated by less than 1 percent of the vote in 2012.