Openly Gay Arizona Lawmaker to Run for Gabby Giffords Seat

Out gay Arizona Democratic State Representative Matt Heinz says he will run for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' seat in Congress, the Arizona Daily Star reports:

HeinzHeinz said he will be running in both the special election and the November general election. Touting his experience problem solving and creating consensus across party lines in the Legislature and as a doctor at the Tucson Medical Center, Heinz said he’s the best person to fill Giffords’ position. Heinz has served four years over two terms in the state legislature.

“I’ve been thinking a lot about how we can move forward and how we can best honor Gabby’s strength, conviction and leadership,” Heinz said Tuesday morning. “One of the best ways we can do that is by moving quickly and making sure that, in this very short time frame, we get somebody in there to fill that vacancy that is going to carry forward her tradition of common sense, moderate, consensus-building and problem solving.”

Arizona's special election primary is April 17, and the general election is June 12. Giffords has not made any indication of a candidate she'd like to fill her seat.

David Mixner noted last month that along with Heinz there is another possible gay contender for Giffords' seat, open lesbian State Senator Paula Aboud.

So far, Heinz is the only Democrat to throw his hat in.


  1. say what says

    dem & gay

    good good BUT to make sure he isn’t just a warm body to fill a seat

    a doctor who won a seat in arizona state house of reps the 29th district

    A = 2010 & B = 2009= ratings from Sierra Club

    80% rating from NARAL

    His top fund providers = Health Professionals…most likely doctors and nurses though can’t say for sure due to the site it was posted at wasn’t specific

    K, good good

    he doesn’t yet have a web site up for the campaign so here is his legislative webpage that could be contacted about donations for the campaign

  2. Alfonso Matias Jr says

    I’m an Arizona voter, in that district. There will be many more candidates throwing their hat in the ring. I’ll wait and see before I make any decisions. He has, however, piqued my interest and I’ll keep my eye on him.

  3. Glennn says

    Im from Gabby’s neighboring district, the more liberal side of Tucson, and imo, it is CRUCIAL that we win, and that district is very moderate….Gabby had a unique background and family name which helped her win, but so does, Matt, and that district was held by a gop gay man for many terms (Kolbe), So Id say he’s got a shot, but he’s gonna have to kiss some conservative butt to get there.

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