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Hiral Tipirneni To Run In Arizona's 6th Congressional District

Hiral Tipirneni, a former emergency room physician who twice ran unsuccessfully in 2018 as the Democratic nominee for Arizona’s 8th Congressional District, is trying once again for a spot on Capitol Hill in 2020.

Tipirneni filed  paperwork Friday with the Federal Election Commission to run again as a Democrat, but this time in Arizona’s 6th Congressional District, currently represented by five-term Republican incumbent David Schweikert.

Tipirneni lost both special and general elections for the 8th Congressional District in 2018 against Republican Debbie Lesko.  

Lesko replaced former Rep. Trent Franks, a Republican who resigned amid sexual misconduct allegations.

Schweikert is currently under investigation by the House Ethics Committee for campaign misspending. He won re-election by over 10 percentage points in 2018, defeating Democratic challenger Anita Malik.

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