Republican Debbie Lesko (left) and Democrat Hiral Tipirneni fight for Arizona’s 8th congressional district in the April special election.
Arizona ‘ s 8th congressional district is still not a US representative since December – but that will change after an April special election.
Republican Debbie Lesko, a former state legislator, is represented facing off with Democrat Dr. Hiral Tipirneni, a cancer research advocate, to the district. The seat was vacant after Rep. Trent Franks, a Republican, shame on Dec. 8, 2017, according to reports of sexual misconduct. Franks allegedly surrogacy discussed problems with female helpers.
Prior to the special elections on April 24, here’s what you need to know about the candidates and the district.
Debbie Lesko, A Republican
Debbie Lesko, served as a state senator and representative for almost 10 years.
(AP Photo/Bob Christie)
If Debbie Lesko reflects on her time in the service in Arizona, politics, she recalls, a golf cart parade.
In the year 2014, a representative of the state is, Lesko lobbied for a legislation that allows people to drive golf carts – the preferred mode of locomotion in the large retirement communities stand along the side of the road. To registered the time, more than 30,000 golf carts in Maricopa County, Arizona, and up to 50 percent of the households in Sun City, a large retirement community, a golf cart, according to the Arizona Republic.
Inhabitants, together with Lesko and then-Gov. Jan Brewer, celebrated with a parade of more than 100 golf carts.
“I have a reputation to do things that can help directly, my ingredients of” Lesko told Fox News. “The people in my district believe that everything that believes everyone else in the nation, in: securing the border … national security, a good economy, good jobs. But you also really care about local problems, and I help with a history of that.”
Many of these national issues, according to Lesko campaign, website, echo some of President Trump, the points on the agenda, such as, for example, the construction of a border wall, the strengthening of the country’s missile-defense program against potential threats from the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-Un (which their website calls a “lunatic lunatic”) and protect the Second Amendment.
Apart from these questions, Lesko also talk about domestic violence. She said she was able to have a violent husband about 25 years ago.
“Domestic violence is a very widespread problem, and it can happen to anyone. It doesn’t matter what your status is, what their training is,” she said. “It happens to so many women, and I just want to know you, you can come in and be successful because I did it. I’m living proof.”
She has since married and has three children.
Lesko for the first time in the policy with your local Republican party, starting as a district Chairman, elected volunteer position. You rose through the ranks, becoming a state Republican party officer before she won the seat in a state House. She served as a representative for six years and as a state senator for three.
Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, endorsed, has Lesko and his office confirmed to Fox News.
Hiral Tipirneni, Democrat
Democrat Hiral Tipirneni about working in cancer research, a topic that you are personally passionate.
(Celina Medina, via AP)
A former emergency physician, Dr. Hiral Tipirneni her career has been dedicated to cancer research after the death of her mother and nephew. And the skills you developed as a doctor – working together with a group of different people with different perspectives to help patients – she wants to go to Washington.
Tipirneni know that you will run as a Democrat in a conservative district, but she lives. For you, it is not a political party, as much as it is about the representation of the district.
“One of the big reasons why I decided to run, I’m so frustrated by the lack of progress, the discord, and to stand solely on a partisan [floor],” Tipirneni said Fox News.
“I am pleased to bring people together, to lead the table to have a conversation,” she continued. “A lot of people feel alienated. I would fight in your name and not fight for ideology.”
Your campaign website is pushing for more non-partisan solutions to hot-button topics. For example, on the Second Amendment, Tipirneni says she supports the rights of “law-abiding Americans to use firearms to protect through legal channels, their homes, themselves and their families, and for hunting and sport.” But it also supports “commonsense gun reform” to examine how the elimination of certain background loopholes.
At the beginning of the Second Amendment explains the section on Tipirneni Website: “If the progressives and the conservatives work together, we can achieve great things.”
While Tipirneni has volunteered on other campaigns, this is her first foray into politics You do not “said, that will help you on the search of [her] political resume”, but just want to those in your district.
“The reason why I’m here, because I’m a part of, as well as in this district, and I have spent many years frustrated, feeling that I don’t have a voice in DC,” she said.
Together with her husband, Tipirneni has three children. Their daughters are in school, and her son is in high school. Tipirneni also serves on the board of directors for the Maricopa Health Foundation.
8. The constituency covers a small area, just outside of Phoenix. In the 2016 presidential elections, President Trump, Hillary Clinton, 21 percent in the district of hit, according to statistics from the Arizona Secretary of state’s office.
The district is also the home of Sun City – the expansive and “original” retirement community.
There are more than 455,000 registered voters in the district: 187,129 Republicans, 109,555 Democrats and 154,764 voters not registered to a party. Franks did not face a Democratic Challenger in 2016 or 2014.
Gabby Giffords, a Democrat, who survived an assassination attempt in 2011, represented the district for five years, until she resigned, a year after the attack.
To locate problems
Immigration: Illegal immigration is a big Problem for the voters in the 8. The district, according to Lesko.
“[Illegal] immigration, it is only natural, because we are a border state, costing our state a lot of money. The people are said to be frustrated that, at least under the Obama administration, the Federal government was the securing the border,” Lesko.
Lesko, says you on their campaign website that they “decided, with President Trump” to secure the border.
For Tipirneni, immigration is a “very personal” question is migrated, how do you and your parents to the USA from India.
“I passionately believe that we remain a land of opportunity for those who are ready to work for you,” she says on her campaign website.
“We ALL deserve a transparent immigration system offers a clear, affordable path to citizenship for those who deserve to be qualified and have at it. We also need secure borders. While these two ideas should not be mutually exclusive, our current climate of politicized a Problem, at its core, is real life on the game,” the Website reads.
Tipirneni calls for a solution to DACA and comprehensive immigration reform. She said she is in contrast to Trump’s proposed border wall, as it believes that the funding for it “would be better spent to secure our borders in other ways.”
Health care: the voters in the district, especially seniors, are concerned about health care, including the future of Medicare and the state Medicaid program, the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS).
Tipirneni said that they knocked on doors during her campaign so far, many people have concerns regarding health issues, especially Medicare.
Tipirneni platform includes health care reform, including the extension of Medicare to a younger group of buyers. She admits the Affordable Care Act has “serious shortcomings [that] need to be addressed if we are to improve the access to healthcare of today and the generations to come.”
Drew Anderson, senior communications Advisor for the Arizona Democratic party, told Fox News that voters are simply “fed up” with the Republicans’ “chaotic tactics to rip away their health-care options, including access to Medicare and the Arizona AHCCCS.”
While Medicaid and Medicare issues are not listed on your campaign website, part of Lesko’s platform includes a commitment to “vote to prohibit Federal funding for abortion or infanticide.”
“I’m a strong believer that life begins at conception and we must protect the weakest among us,” she said.
Kaitlyn Schallhorn is a Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter @K_Schallhorn.