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Latas is Back

An e-mail came out last night from Jeff Latas. He’s thinking of running for congress now that Gabrielle Giffords is stepping down:

In the next few days I expect to see plenty of speculation on what will be a very fast paced campaign and election. The lines will be the old 8th district, giving the Republicans (and Frank Antenori) more of an advantage then the new 2nd district lines. This obviously makes it a very challenging campaign for any Democrat. With the benefit of our experience in the 2006 race, I feel confident of a positive outcome. If I decide to form a campaign, I hope I can count on your support.

Latas, if you may remember, was a Democratic candidate in 2006. He was the only one running on the Democratic side and a favorite for the nomination. This was until Jim Kolbe announced his retirement. Latas was quickly eclipsed by Giffords and Patty Weiss and ended up a distant third with six percent of the vote.

His full statement is after the jump.

Dear Friends

With regret, I’m sure that you may have heard the news that Congresswomen Giffords will step down and retire from office. We all wish that the event that lead to this day would never have happened. While we’re grateful that she survived and is slowly recovering, we were also hoping that Gabby would have already made a full recovery so she could continue to serve our district and our country.

Her announcement to retire sets in motion procedures for a special election. For congressional seats, this is an election outside from the normal election cycle. The primary will be held within 90 days of the vacancy and the general election will be within 60 days following the primary. Given the interest of Republican State Senator Frank Antenori, who has declared an exploratory committee and will most likely announce a full fledged campaign in the very near future, I have decided to seriously look into another congressional run. We can not afford to have Frank represent us and we must keep a Democrat in this seat. Urgency is an understatement.

In the next few days I expect to see plenty of speculation on what will be a very fast paced campaign and election. The lines will be the old 8th district, giving the Republicans (and Frank Antenori) more of an advantage then the new 2nd district lines. This obviously makes it a very challenging campaign for any Democrat. With the benefit of our experience in the 2006 race, I feel confident of a positive outcome. If I decide to form a campaign, I hope I can count on your support.

I look forward to further discussion with you about my decision process.

Your friend,
Jeff Latas

2 Comments

  1. In the 6-way race in 2006 Democratic primary for CD 8 U.S. House, Jeff Latas got 6.2% of the vote in 3rd place. Gabby won with 57.46%, followed by Patty Weiss with 29.04%.

    Thursday, January 26, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Permalink
  2. Roya Williamson wrote:

    In 2006, I had no clue who was running for Rep. I read the Voters Pamphlet, when it came to vote. All the candidates sounded the same! Jeff Latas was the only one that wrote of his respect for animals. I voted for him in the primaries. He lost and Tucson lost a real winning man, that could have put us on a prosperous road in the state as well as the country. Since that time, I have heard Jeff Latas speak and still regret that he was not elected in 2006.
    I hope he will give it another run.

    Wednesday, February 1, 2012 at 7:18 pm | Permalink

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