Democratic candidate Kyrsten Sinema has won the U.S. House seat in Arizona's newly created 9th Congressional District.
Sinema won over former Paradise Valley Mayor Vernon Parker by nearly 6,000 votes. She issued this statement about her victory:
"I am grateful for the honor and the opportunity to serve the people of Arizona again. My job is to represent all of the people in CD9 whether they voted for me or not. The voters have given us a clear 'to do' list - work to fix our economy, reduce our ballooning debt and better protect the middle class. I am eager to get to work and I intend to team up with anyone of any party who is willing to help change Congress and move our country forward."
Sinema, of Phoenix, said her priorities include healthcare, education and job creation. Sinema said it's wrong to waste taxpayer dollars on tax giveaways for corporations that ship jobs overseas or across the border.
Parker issued a statement on his concession:
"Today I called Kyrsten Sinema and congratulated her on her win. I want to thank the voters and the people of Arizona and certainly hope we can work together to get this economy moving again, by putting politics aside and putting the American people first. While I had wished for a different outcome, I will continue my public service so that everybody can follow the American dream just like I did."
Sinema supports the DREAM Act and believes that children who grew up in the U.S., who came here through no fault of their own, speak English and think of themselves as American should be allowed to become American citizens.
Sinema supports increasing fuel economy standards for vehicles sold in the U.S.
"I want to go to Washington to help get common sense, practical solutions," she said on her website.
Sinema said overcoming partisanship has been a hallmark of her work as a lawmaker and community leader.
Parker stepped down from his Paradise Valley Town Council seat in September 2012 to launch his congressional bid.
He said he supports efforts to stop job-killing tax and regulatory increases proposed by the Obama administration. He said he will oppose any efforts to raise the federal government's "credit card" limit that has plunged the nation into $16 trillion debt.
He supports measures to enforce laws against employers who hire undocumented immigrants and eliminate the lawlessness along the Arizona/Mexico border.
Concerning the Affordable Healthcare Act, Parker said on his campaign website it "is neither affordable nor is it the right solution."
District 9 consists of all of Tempe, some parts of Chandler and Mesa and a small part of Scottsdale.
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