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Kirkpatrick to hold 'Congress On Your Corner' at St. Philips on Saturday

U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick will speak with constituents one-on-one at St. Philips Plaza on Saturday 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; Saturday's event will be her seventh of the year.

At the event, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Saturday at St. Philips Plaza, 4280 N. Campbell 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 seventh such event since she was elected in CD 2. Her previous constituent meetings have been held at Safeway grocery stores and a public library; 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.

"Being your 'representative' is more than a title, it's a job description," Kirkpatrick said in a news release. "When the voters of Arizona's 2nd Congressional District chose to send me to Washington, they sent me with clear expectations: be accessible and accountable to Southern Arizonans. I am following through on my commitment to hold at least one public event a month so that I can meet those expectations, accurately represent you, and take our Southern Arizona voices to Washington."

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Kirkpatrick in February 2018.