There is a bit of good news in Arizona these days.
Former aide to Gabrielle Giffords, Ron Barber, won the special election in the 8th Congressional district on Tuesday by a 52-45 percent margin. The race decided her replacement after she stepped down in January to focus more on her recovery. Both Giffords and Barber were seriously injured in the January 2011 mass shooting that took place in the district.
Since leaving office, Giffords has maintained a low profile. This week, however, she stumped publicly for Barber in his race against Jesse Kelly, a Republican.
Barber will only technically hold office for the next five months until the November election. Soon, he begin his re-election bid for the race. He must really want to serve his people because that’s a hell of a lot of campaigning in one year. Good for him that his district is expected to trend more Democratic since the state’s districts have been redrawn.
You have to admire the courage of someone, Democrat or Republican, who was injured serving a Congressional member and still wants to run for the same seat.