Yesterday, former Flagstaff City Councilmember Eva Putsova announced that she will oppose two-term Rep. Tom O’Halleran (D-Sedona) in the 2020 Democratic primary. Ms. Putsova, a native of Slovenia, was a member of the local council for one four-year term that ended in 2018. Her challenge to the moderate House member will be from his ideological left.
Tom O’Halleran served three terms in the Arizona House and one in the Senate as a Republican. He lost re-nomination in the 2008 Republican primary. Returning to elective politics in 2014, he unsuccessfully attempted to regain his lost state Senate seat, but this time as an Independent. Mr. O’Halleran first ran for Congress in 2016, easily winning the open Democratic primary, and then scoring a 51-43% general election victory in the competitive and sprawling 1st Congressional District. He was re-elected 54-46% in the 2018 general election after running unopposed in the Democratic primary.
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