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Kirkpatrick to meet with residents in Saturday 'Congress On Your Corner'

U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick will speak with constituents one-on-one at a near North Side grocery store on Saturday morning.

Kirkpatrick took up the "tradition" of face-to-face meetings with voters that Democratic members of Congress branded nationwide as "Congress On Your Corner" events over the past decade. Her fellow Democrats and predecessors in Arizona's CD 2, Gabrielle Giffords and Ron Barber, each held such meetings. Kirkpatrick resumed the practice in February.

At the event, 9-10 a.m. Saturday at the Safeway store at 1767 E. Prince Rd., "Kirkpatrick and her district staff will be available to sit down and hear the concerns and opinions of community members," her office said.

Kirkpatrick's district director, Ron Barber, was shot in the Jan. 8, 2011, assassination attempt on then-Rep. Giffords that killed six and wounded 13. Barber was elected to represent Southeastern Arizona in Congress after Giffords resigned. He lost in 2014 to Martha McSally, who did not seek re-election last year as she unsuccessfully ran for the U.S. Senate against Kyrsten Sinema.

Barber and Kirkpatrick have pointedly held such events at Safeway stores, although not at the Casas Adobes location that was the location of the mass shooting.

Members of Kirkpatrick's staff will also be present to assist the public with issues they may be having with federal agencies.

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Kirkpatrick at a February 2018 primary debate in Green Valley.