Rep. Ron Barber (D-Ariz.) will seek reelection

November 20, 2013

Rep. Ron Barber (D-Ariz.), who earlier this week appeared to waver about whether he would seek reelection in 2014, confirmed Wednesday that he will be on the ballot again.

From AP:

Barber released a statement Wednesday saying he's been focused on representing his district and not on seeking another term. But Barber says he wants to make it clear he's running and is "putting everything in place to win."

Barber told the Arizona Capitol Times on Saturday that he needed to speak with his family before making a formal decision on a re-election bid. He has already filed paperwork with federal officials and is raising campaign cash.

Barber is a top GOP target in 2014 because he comes from a conservative-leaning Tucson-based district.

He is in his first full term after winning a special election resulting from former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords's (D-Ariz.) resignation. Barber was a top aide to Giffords.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix, the Post’s top political blog.
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