And another one bites the dust……
Rep. Ed Pastor (D-Ariz.) will not run for reelection, he announced Thursday.
“After 23 years in Congress serving the people of Arizona, I have decided that I will not seek re-election this year. It has been a great honor and experience, but it is time for me to close this chapter of my life and start a new one,” he said in a Facebook post.
Pastor offered no details on his future plans.
The 11-term lawmaker’s retirement opens up a safe Democratic seat.
Within minutes of Pastor’s announcement, assistant state House Minority Leader Ruben Gallego (D) tweeted that he’s running for the seat, and is an early favorite in the race.