Newspaper article Roll Call

Mary Rose Wilcox Vies for Arizona's 7th District (Video)

Newspaper article Roll Call

Mary Rose Wilcox Vies for Arizona's 7th District (Video)

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Former Maricopa County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox, a Democrat, hopes her community ties and political experience will boost her to victory in Tuesday's primary in Arizona's 7th District.

In an interview with CQ Roll Call in Washington, D.C., Wilcox laid out what she believes will be a winning strategy for the primary.

"We're targeting, we're making sure that we're getting the voters out," said Wilcox in late July. "I know my community. My community has shared with me many of their concerns, and so the message is one that is resonating. And that's how we win."

Out of Wilcox's three primary opponents, her top rival is former state Rep. Ruben Gallego, whom CQ Roll Call interviewed earlier this summer. The candidates are vying to replace Rep. Ed Pastor, a Democrat who announced his retirement this year after serving 11 terms.

Pastor has backed Wilcox in the race to fill his seat, along with EMILY's List. Gallego, a former Marine, has received support from liberal veterans group VoteVets and Rep. Raul M. Grijalva, D-Ariz.

There's a Hispanic-majority in the Phoenix-based district, and Wilcox said immigration is a major issue for the constituents, along with gun violence. Wilcox was shot by a gunman in the mid-1990s during her tenure as a top county official.

"He had the gun at my back and I was very lucky. I screamed, he got frightened, and it went off in my upper hip. I still have a lot of fragments from it. It was terrible," said Wilcox, also noting that she fought against illegal guns prior to being shot.

But, Wilcox said, "After I got shot and was a victim myself, I rededicated myself, came back into political office."

The candidate who wins next week's primary will likely head to Congress next year because the district is heavily Democratic. The contest is rated Safe Democrat by the Rothenberg Political Report/ Roll Call.

Wilcox's Team: Mike Muir (direct mail), Anna Greenberg & Missy Egelsky (polling), Brandon Hall and Dan Kully (media), Rodd McLeod (general consulting), Brian Weeks (campaign manager) and Sam Castaneda Holdren (communications director).

Previous candidate interviews:

* New York's 18th District: Republican Nan Hayworth

* Senate in Oklahoma: Republican James Lankford

* Arizona's 7th District: Democrat Ruben Gallego

* Senate in Alaska: Republican Dan Sullivan

* New Hampshire's 2nd District: Republican Marilinda Garcia

* Utah's 4th District: Republican Bob Fuehr

* Massachusetts' 6th District: Democrat Seth Moulton

* New York's 1st District: Republican Lee Zeldin

* Senate in Kansas: Republican Milton Wolf

* West Virginia's 2nd: Republican Alex Mooney

* Georgia's 1st District: Republican Bob Johnson

* Georgia's 10th District: Republican Mike Collins

* Senate in Minnesota: Republican Julianne Ortman

* Georgia's 10th District: Republican Donna Sheldon

* California's 25th District: Democrat Lee Rogers

* Michigan's 7th District: Democrat Pam Byrnes

* Nevada's 3rd District: Democrat Erin Bilbray

* Illinois' 13th District: Democrat Ann Callis

* Ohio's 6th District: Democrat Jennifer Garrison

* Michigan's 1st District: Democrat Jerry Cannon

* Montana's At-Large District: Democrat John Lewis

* New York's 23rd District: Democrat Martha Robertson

* Senate in North Carolina: Republican Thom Tillis

* Senate in Alaska: Republican Mead Treadwell

* Senate in South Carolina: Republican Lee Bright

* Senate in Iowa: Republican David Young

* Senate in Kentucky: Republican Matt Bevin

* Illinois' 12th District: Republican Mike Bost

* Idaho's 2nd District: Republican Bryan Smith

* Michigan's 14th District: Democrat Rudy Hobbs

* California's 45th District: Republican Mimi Walters

* Senate in Iowa: Republican Matt Whitaker

* Senate in Nebraska: Republican Shane Osborn

* Minnesota's 6th District: Republican Tom Emmer

* Minnesota's 6th District: Democrat Jim Graves

* Florida's 2nd District: Democrat Gwen Graham

* Pennsylvania's 13th District: Democrat Daylin Leach

* Maine's 2nd District: Democrat Emily Cain

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