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Kirkpatrick to hold 'Congress On Your Corner' at Midtown library Wednesday

U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick will speak with constituents one-on-one at the Himmel Park public library on Wednesday afternoon.

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, 4-5 p.m. Wednesday at the branch of the Himmel Park Library, 1035 N. Treat Ave., "Kirkpatrick and her district staff will be available to hear the concerns and opinions of community members," her office said.

This will be Kirkpatrick's fourth such event since she was elected in CD 2. Her previous constituent meetings have been held at Safeway grocery stores; the congresswoman and her predecessor, Ron Barber, have pointedly held such events at Safeways, although not at the Casas Adobes location that was the location of the Jan. 8, 2011, mass shooting.

Barber, now Kirkpatrick's district director, in that assassination attempt on then-Rep. Giffords, in which six people were killed and 13 wounded. 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.

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Aug 18, 2019, 8:40 pm
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I am amazed that Anne Kirkpatrick can find Tucson on a map. Did she get a GPS as a perk from being a member of Congress from whatever part of the state she claims to be from this year?

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Kirkpatrick in February 2018.