EMILY’s List has endorsed former state Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick in the 1st district Democratic primary, providing what could be a significant financial boost to her campaign.
Kirkpatrick, the choice of the Democratic establishment for the seat being vacated by retiring Rep. Rick Renzi (R), has two primary foes thus far and could face more before the candidate field is done shaking out.
EMILY’s List endorses pro-abortion-rights female Democratic candidates, and its backing usually is accompanied by heavy financial support from the group’s donors.
“Ann Kirkpatrick will be a tremendous asset for Arizona in the United States Congress,” Ellen Malcolm, president and founder of EMILY’s List, said in a statement.
Also running in the 1st district Democratic primary are former television reporter Mary Kim Titla and attorney Howard Shanker. State Environmental Quality Director Steve Owens (D) is considering a bid, as are others.
— David M. Drucker