Jesse Kelly to run for Giffords' former seat

Jesse Kelly to run for Giffords' former seat

CREATED Feb 3, 2012

Web Producer: Marissa Pasquet

Reporter: Tammy Vo

 TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Jesse Kelly formally announced that he is running for the Republican nomination in the special election for Arizona's Congressional District 8 at a news conference Friday morning.

Kelly stated in a news release, "It is time to get this country moving forward in the right direction with lower taxes, a stronger economy, and more jobs."

At a news conference on Friday morning Kelly said "I support anyone who pushes to lower payroll tax. I support lowering income taxes, the corporate tax rate and capital gains taxes. There's not a single tax out there that I don't support  lowering" said Kelly. But realistically, how low is he willing to go? "I support a 10 percent flat tax . I support  every American paying 10 percent of their wages to the federal government" Kelly added.

Kelly was the 2010 Republican nominee and came within 1.5% of winning.

Jesse Kelly works in the private sector as a project manager for a construction firm. He and his wife live in Pima County, where they are raising their two sons. Please visit for more information or send an e-mail to

Kelly joins Republicans Arizona State Sen. Frank Antenori and Dave Sitton in the special April 17 GOP primary. Democratic state Rep. Matt Heinz is in the race and others are expected.

The general election will be held on June 12, 2012.