Voters can go face-to-face with GOP congressional candidates

The five candidates for Congress who will be at Thursday's Graham County Republican Party forum at the Lee Little Theater are, from left, Young Mayberry, Lucretia Free, Kathleen Winn, Juan Ciscomani and Brandon Martin. - Mayberry, Winn and Ciscomani photos by David Bell/Gila Valley Central; Free and Martin photos contributed

THATCHER — The five Republicans who qualified to be on the ballot for a run at the Congressional seat that will represent Graham and Greenlee counties will talk with voters Thursday in Thatcher.

A forum will take place at 7 p.m., in the Lee Little Theater at Eastern Arizona College, put on by the Graham County Republican Party. Moderators will be Graham County Supervisor John Howard  and former Graham County Republican Party Secretary Jennifer Griffith.

“We’re going to be able to ask them questions about their positions on the issues that matter to us,” Griffith said. “We’re rural, and sometimes we have different issues than the bigger cities.”

Set to attend are:

● Juan Ciscomani, of Tucson, former adviser to Gov. Doug Ducey

● Lucretia Free, of Vail, publisher of American Woman Shooter magazine

● Brandon Martin, of Sierra Vista, a Fort Huachuca training coordinator

● Young Mayberry, of St. David, retired Lt. Colonel with the U.S. Air Force

● Kathleen Winn, of Tucson, founder of the Task Force Against Senior Abuse

Jordan Flayer, whom the Arizona Secretary of State’s website lists as a Republican write-in candidate, is not listed as one of the forum’s participants.

Admission to the forum is free; however, due to the limited number of seats, those planning to attend are asked to make a reservation at GOP Arizona Congressional District 6 Candidate Forum Registration, Thu, Jul 7, 2022 at 7:00 PM | Eventbrite.

Congressional District 6 includes most of Graham, Greenlee and Cochise counties; a portion of Pima County, including a portion of eastern Tucson; a small portion of northern Santa Cruz County, and a portion of Pinal County, including Casa Grande.

The race is considered “open” because there is no incumbent following redistricting and the retirement of U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Ariz.

Running on the Democratic side are Avery Anderson, Kirsten Engel and Daniel Hernandez.

Early voting for the Aug. 2 primaries started July 6.