A former Obama Administration Assistant Secretary to the Army confirms interest in joining the already crowded Democratic primary to challenge sophomore Rep. Martha McSally (R-Tucson). Mary Sally Matiella is deciding whether to soon join the race. Already announced are ex-state Rep. Bruce Wheeler, marketing consultant Billy Kovacs, businessman Charlie Verdin, and airline pilot and Air Force veteran Jeff Latas. Former US Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-Flagstaff), who lost the US Senate race to incumbent John McCain in November, has re-located to Tucson and is apparently testing the waters for another potential congressional comeback. She was originally elected in the sprawling eastern Arizona 1st District in 2008, lost in 2010, and regained the seat two years later.
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