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February 11, 2016

Arizona: Former Rep. Harry Mitchell Endorses David Schapira

Former Rep. Harry Mitchell (D) has endorsed state Senate Minority Leader David Schapira in the Democratic primary for Arizona’s newly drawn 9th district.

“I believe it is important that we elect someone who understands and values our community — and will work hard to represent it,” he wrote in a statement. “This is why I’ve decided to cast my primary vote for Tempe’s State Senator, David Schapira.”

With about a week left before early voting, the primary has come to the forefront of Arizona politics. Schapira is one of three top-tier Democrats fighting it out for the party’s nomination. The other contenders are former state Sen. Kyrsten Sinema and former state party Chairman Andrei Cherny. Mitchell called both “friends” in his statement.

Mitchell lost his re-election race in 2010 to now-Rep. David Schweikert (R). Mitchell’s name immediately surfaced as a contender for Democrats for the seat, but he ultimately opted against a run.

Rep. Raúl Grijalva has also endorsed Schapira.

Roll Call rates this race as a Tossup.

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