Giffords aide to run for seat in special election

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by The Associated Press

azfamily.com

Posted on February 9, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Updated Thursday, Feb 9 at 12:13 PM

PHOENIX (AP) -- A top aide to former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords who was wounded in the Tucson rampage says he will seek to replace her in a special election.
 
Democrat Ron Barber declared he would run to serve the last six months of Giffords' term. He told The Associated Press that Giffords and her husband asked him to run.
 
The special election to fill Giffords' 8th Congressional District seat in Arizona is set for the spring.
 
Barber said he has not decided whether to run for a full term in the regular election set for November in the redrawn 2nd District.
 
Barber and Giffords were among 13 people wounded in the Jan. 8, 2011, attack outside a Tucson supermarket. Six others were killed. 
 
Giffords stepped down last month to focus on her recovery.

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