The most recent news for the Congressional campaign of interventional radiologist Stephen Ferrara, MD, is that Arizona’s 9th Congressional District is now an open seat race following an announcement on Sept. 28 by incumbent Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema that she will challenge Republican Sen. Jeff Flake for his U.S. Senate seat.
Ferrara now faces three announced Republican candidates in the primary race:
Dave Giles, a Republican nominee in the 2016 election, is running again this election-cycle. Giles has only raised $1,500 so far for his campaign.
Irina Baroness von Behr, a community activist, has raised $2,500 for her race.
Within 24 hours of Sinema’s exit, Seth Leibsohn, a conservative radio show host, announced his candidacy for the AZ-9th seat. Because he just announced, Leibsohn has not submitted a fundraising report to the Federal Election Commission.
The Democrats do not have an announced House candidate in the district, though many observers speculate that Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton may run. His candidacy would clearly change the dynamic of the race.
In his first fundraising quarter, Ferrara raised over $250,000, a new record for a first-time candidate in Arizona. In the last fundraising quarter, Ferrara raised another $164,000, putting his overall fundraising total at over $400,000 and a total cash-on-hand at more than $378,000. This is a great head start on the rest of the field. Ferrara’s campaign anticipates the race will ultimately require up to $3 million.
Ferrara for Congress is having a fundraising lunch at the RSNA Meeting on Monday, Nov. 27, from 12 pm – 1:30 pm (CST) at the Hyatt McCormick Place, Chicago. Rep. Michael Burgess, M.D., of the House Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee, will be a special guest. He has agreed to provide an update on what’s happening on Capitol Hill regarding healthcare reform. Contact Ted Burnes (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
You can learn more about Ferrara’s campaign by visiting the Ferrara for Congress website.