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Congressman Tom O’Halleran introduces student speakers in March at the start of a March For Our Lives rally on the lawn at city hall.

Congressman Tom O’Halleran announced in a tweet Thursday that he would be running for re-election in 2020.

In the last election, O’Halleran won his second term, ultimately beating Republican Wendy Rogers by seven points in a race that had appeared fairly close prior to election night.

“Over the past two years, I’ve had the unique opportunity to represent #AZ01 & give rural Arizona a voice in Washington. It has been the greatest honor. I look forward to continue fighting for Arizonans,” O’Halleran wrote in a tweet.

Arizona’s first congressional district includes Flagstaff, sections of Tucson and huge swathes of eastern and northern Arizona.

O'Halleran announces reelection bid

O'Halleran announces reelection bid via twitter on Feb 7. 

Last month, O’Halleran was appointed to sit on the House’s Energy and Commerce Committee, where he is also part of the communications and technology subcommittee.

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The congressman is also the co-chair of the House Blue Dog Coalition, which includes Democrats who identify as more centrist and moderate than other members of the party.

O’Halleran will see at least one challenger during the Democratic primary leading up to the 2020 election as former Flagstaff city councilmember Eva Putzova announced her bid for the seat in January.

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After the congressman’s announcement, Putzova also congratulated O’Halleran on Twitter.

“Big congrats to @RepOHalleran for entering the race for AZ-CD1! Arizonans deserve a good, issue-focused conversation. Let’s talk about #MedicareForAll #GreenNewDeal #AbolishICE #TuitionFreeCollege,” Putzova’s tweet read.

She added in another tweet: “I hope others will join the two of us as that’s what democracy is about—connecting with voters and discussing the issues.”

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Adrian Skabelund can be reached at the office at askabelund@azdailysun.com, by phone at (928) 556-2261 or on Twitter @AdrianSkabelund.

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