Gabriela Saucedo Mercer, a Mexican American Republican who immigrated to the U.S in 1986, is announcing her bid for the CD 7 U.S. House seat held by 4 term Democratic Congressman Raul Grijalva. She is also known as “Gabby”, like Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords of CD 8. Grijalva is not up for re-election until November, 2012.
Her announcement will be made at 11 a.m. Wednesday March 2nd at the Inn Suites/Tucson Hotel, 475 N. Granada Avenue, Copper room in Tucson, 85701. Doors open at 10:30 a.m.
From her website:
Gabriela Saucedo Mercer lives on Tucson’s west side with her husband of 24 years, Ted Mercer. Gabriela, “Gabby” for short, set aside her work career with a defense electronics firm in order to raise her 3 children and continue her education. As the kids were growing up Gabriela became more and more concerned about the direction that her adopted country had taken in recent years. She legally emigrated to the U.S. from Mexico in 1986 in order to live in a nation full of opportunity and Constitutional protections of individual liberties. She became a proud U.S. citizen in 1991.
I happened to be at the Tucson City Council meeting last Spring when Gabriela stood up & spoke against the Council’s opposition of SB 1070, and Congressman’s Grijalva’s call for a boycott of the State of Arizona. Most of the Mexican Americans in the room spoke against SB 1070.
Campaign info: www.saucedomercer.com, 520-349-5600, email@example.com.
Congressman Raul Grijalva has served since January, 2003 and won his last November, 2010 campaign against political newcomers Republican Ruth McClung, Libertarian George Keane, and Independent Harley Meyer. Results of that recent race:
GRIJALVA, RAUL M. (DEM)
MCCLUNG, RUTH (REP)
KEANE, GEORGE (LBT)
MEYER, HARLEY (I-N)
159,372 total votes cast
3/3/11 UPDATE: 2 live videos of this campaign kick off event: