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Sinema Announces Bid For Flake's Senate Seat

Another Arizona Democrat is officially joining the 2018 U.S. Senate race. U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema confirmed Thursday that she’s running for the seat held by Republican Jeff Flake.

Sinema currently holds a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, representing Arizona’s 9th District, which encompasses a large portion of the Phoenix metro area.

She announced her run for Senate through a video on YouTube.

"I’m Kirsten Sinema. I approve this message, and I’m running for the U.S. Senate because I’m not giving up on the American dream."

Sinema joins Deedra Abboud on the Democratic side of the race. Republican Kelly Ward is also hoping to win the seat. Incumbent Jeff Flake has been representing Arizona in the Senate since 2013.

Carrie Jung Senior Field Correspondent, Education Desk Carrie Jung began her public radio career in Albuquerque, N.M., where she fell in love with the diverse cultural scene and unique political environment of the Southwest. Jung has been heard on KJZZ since 2013 when she served as a regular contributor to the Fronteras Desk from KUNM Albuquerque. She covered several major stories there including New Mexico's Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage and Albuquerque's failed voter initiative to ban late-term abortions. Jung has also contributed stories about environmental and Native American issues to NPR's Morning Edition, PRI's The World, Al Jazeera America, WNYC's The Takeaway, and National Native News. She earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's in marketing, both from Clemson University. When Jung isn't producing content for KJZZ she can usually be found buried beneath mounds of fabric and quilting supplies. She recently co-authored a book, "Sweet And Simple Sewing," with her mother and sister, who are fabric designers.