Retired Air Force pilot Wendy Rogers kicked off her campaign for Congress over the weekend, becoming the fourth Republican to run for the new Arizona seat.
The Tempe resident touted her 20-year military career, ownership of a small business and experience as a mother and grandmother.
"I am running because as a retired officer I see our national defense in peril with a porous border to our south and a president who ignores the problem," Rogers said in an e-mail to supporters. "As a business owner, my employees and I suffer from over-regulation and taxation destroying my ability to create more jobs. As a mother and grandmother, I'm afraid for how we have mortgaged my grandchild's future."
Rogers is running in Congressional District 9, which includes north-central Phoenix, part of Paradise Valley, south Scottsdale, Tempe, west Mesa, west Chandler and Ahwatukee Foothills. Arizona gained a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives following the 2010 Census.
Rogers called the campaign "a historic quest" for Republicans. District 9 is a swing district where voters are registered slightly more Republican but in past elections have voted slightly more Democrat.
"This campaign has national impact. Every seat will be vital for our continued control" of the House, Rogers said. "Together we
can restore what is right and good about America."
Other Republicans in the race are Chandler City Councilman Martin Sepulveda, Maricopa County Supervisor Don Stapley and Arizona Air National Guardsman Travis Grantham. The Democratic field consists of state Senate minority leader David Schapira, former Arizona Democratic Party Chair Andrei Cherny and former state Sen. Kyrsten Sinema.
Rogers ran unsuccessfully against Schapira two years ago for the state Senate.
In her announcement, Rogers said her economic policy would be to "get government out of our business." She said companies, for instance, should be allowed to choose to buy health insurance for employees, not be required to under a federal mandate.