WASHINGTON — Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (I-Ariz.) has filed papers to run for re-election as an independent in 2024 — a week after announcing she had changed her political registration from Democratic and was preparing for a possible three-way showdown an important battlefield condition.
Sinema, 46, has not yet officially announced her re-election and her office was not immediately available for comment. The filing was first reported by the Wall Street Journal.
The senator’s name did not immediately appear on a list of people who submitted expressions of interest for the 2024 election on the Arizona State Department’s website Friday afternoon. However, a candidate profile on the Federal Electoral Commission’s website listed Sinema as independent.
The senator made headlines last week when she announced she was leaving the Democratic Party, writing in an Arizona Republic editorial that she “never fits perfectly into either national party.”
“Everyday Americans are becoming increasingly disconnected from the rigid partisanship of national parties that has hardened in recent years,” Sinema wrote. “Pressure in both parties is marginalizing leaders, allowing the loudest and most extreme voices to set their respective party’s priorities, and expecting the rest of us to follow suit.”
According to the Arizona State Department, only two potential candidates — Republicans Liz Harris and George Nicholson — have submitted expressions of interest to run for the Senate seat in the 2024 primary starting Thursday.
“Submitting a declaration of interest indicates that an individual is collecting petition signatures for a possible nomination,” the office said. “However, it is not a formal declaration of candidacy – the filing of a nomination paper is the formal declaration of candidacy.”
As an independent, Sinema would not be required to run in a primary, which Arizona law requires only for Republican and Democratic candidates.
Although she switched parties, Sinema promised in the editorial that she would not change her voting behavior for the first four years of her term.
“When I ran for the US House of Representatives and Senate, I made a different promise to Arizonans,” the senator said. “I promised to be independent and work with everyone to achieve lasting results.”
“I proudly work with senators from both parties who have similarly rejected political extremes and forged consensus and are helping to drain some of the poison from today’s politics,” she added.
https://nypost.com/2022/12/16/sen-kyrsten-sinema-files-for-independent-reelection-run-in-2024/ Sen. Kyrsten Sinema is seeking independent re-election in 2024