Ron Barber goes up with first ad in Giffords special election

Arizona Democratic special election candidate Ron Barber is up with his first ad of the race , a bio spot in which he talks about working with the disabled and running a business.

“I’m Ron Barber and I’ve seen a lot it my life,” Barber says while driving in a car in the ad, which was produced by Ralston Lapp Media. “I’ve seen what we need to do: Rebuild our middle class.”

Barber, who was unopposed for his party’s nomination on Tuesday, makes no mention of his ties to former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in the ad, besides flashing some text on the screen pointing out that he served as her district director.

Barber was injured in the January 2011 shooting spree that left six people dead and Giffords wounded by a gun shot to the head.

Barber also gives a nod to limited government and border security in the video — two key issues in the conservative-leaning border district.

Iraq veteran Jesse Kelly won the GOP nomination for the seat on Tuesday and will face Barber in the June 12 special election.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.

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