Arizona Democrats in safe district have to run write-in campaign after incumbent’s ‘mistakes’

Arizona state Rep. Melody Hernandez, a Democrat, will not run for reelection, adding to the struggle Democrats will face to gain control of the Arizona House of Representatives. 

Hernandez, the Democratic whip, announced Tuesday she will not run for reelection in District 8. Her Maricopa County district, which was redrawn in 2020, is solidly blue. It included parts of Tempe, encompassing Arizona State University, as well as parts of Mesa, Phoenix, and Scottsdale. 

“I’ve never shied away from being accountable. When it was brought to my attention this weekend that I had made mistakes impacting my ability to successfully run for election to the Senate in LD8, I knew the only right next step would be to take sole responsibility and to allow someone else step forward and lead,” Hernandez said in a statement
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