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Election 2024

Meet the candidates for Arizona Congressional District 7

Posted 4/11/24

Arizona Congressional District 7 won't have much competition until the general election. Democrat Raul Grijalva, who has been in Congress since 2002, will run against Republican Daniel Butierez in …

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Election 2024

Meet the candidates for Arizona Congressional District 7

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Arizona Congressional District 7 won't have much competition until the general election. Democrat Raul Grijalva, who has been in Congress since 2002, will run against Republican Daniel Butierez in the district that stretches from central and western Tucson to Yuma and Avondale. It is the Arizona district the encompasses most of the state's border with Mexico.

Daniel Butierez Sr.

Daniel Butierez Sr. is a third-generation Arizona who is running as a Republican for the seat in Congressional District 7.

A native of Tucson, Butierez is a contractor who owns two small businesses in southern Arizona. He also spends his time rescuing horses and dogs at his property in Marana.

Butierez says on his website he sees personal rights as a cornerstone of his campaign following his conviction in 1992 of attempting to sell 8 pounds of marijuana, a crime that according to the Arizona Court of Appeals and Arizona Supreme Court never actually happened. He spent nearly 30 years to clear his name.

As part of his platform, Butierez said he wants to secure the U.S. border and give the U.S. Border Patrol the resources it needs, fight for lower taxes and a simpler tax code for small businesses, and promote job growth and economic development by enabling responsible mining practices in southern Arizona.

Raul Grijalva

Raul Grijalva is a long-time southern Arizona Democratic politician first elected to congress in 2002 representing Congressional District 7.

Prior to serving in congress, Grijalva has spent nearly 30 years in public life, first getting elected to the Tucson Unified School Board in 1974 before being elected to the Pima County Board of Supervisors in 1988.

Currently he serves as ranking member of the House Natural Resources Committee and is a standing member of the Education and Labor Committee. He is chair emeritus of the Congressional Progressive Caucus as well as a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.

Grijalva revealed in early April he had been diagnosed with Cancer, but was continuing to represent the district and would run for reelection.