When it comes to endorsements, my own belief is that they rarely move the needle in a race. However, there is one that frequently does: the immediately previous retiring officeholder.

Today Ann Kirkpatrick and Kirsten Engel announced Rep. Kirkpatrick’s endorsement of Engel for the nomination to the 6th Congressional district of Arizona.

Kirkpatrick joins Rep. Raúl Grijalva, Former Rep. Ron Barber, Tucson Mayor Regina Romero and former Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild in endorsing Engel. That’s quite a list of prominent southern Arizona officeholders, past and present.

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Kirkpatrick said:

‘Kirsten Engel has been a fierce advocate for Arizona families in the State Legislature. As an environmental attorney, she understands the climate crisis we are facing and the need for action to protect our state’s
resources,”

“When it comes to energy and water, she is the expert we need advocating for Arizona. Kirsten has also been a champion for our public schools – as an educator, mother, and policy maker, we have seen her show up and fight to restore funding for your children’s education.”

“Over the course of this campaign, Kirsten Engel has put Arizonans at the forefront. She listens, she shows up, and she has done the work. I believe Kirsten has what it takes to win this seat and advocate for you; join me in supporting Kirsten Engel for Congress.”

While Kirkpatrick’s district is CD2, not CD6, due to redistricting, it covers a lot of the same territory, and most importantly, largely contains the Tucson media market, though it now leans slightly Republican instead of slightly Democratic due to inclusion of more communities in Pinal County, and some parts of Greenlee and Graham Counties, and the exclusion of some areas of Tucson, tribal lands, and some border communities, in order to skew it red.

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