Jesse Kelly, who barely lost the Arizona Congressional District 8 race to Gabby Giffords two years ago, has won the Republican nomination in a special primary to replace the retired congresswoman. Kelly won 35 percent of the votes Tuesday to best three GOP opponents. He will run against Ron Barber, Democrat nominee, in the June 12 election for the right to serve out the remainder of Giffords’ term. Rep. Giffords retired this past winter because of the serious injury she received in the Jan. 8, 2011 shooting massacre in Tucson.
Here’s more on who Jesse Kelly is, taken from his website biography:
Kelly is an Iraq War veteran with a commitment to restoring the fundamental qualities that make America great. He and his wife have two boys.
Jesse works as a project manager for the family construction business in an enterprise that takes him across the southwest region of United States. In his managerial capacity, he accepts responsibility for completing multi-million dollar projects–on time and within budget. Through his work, he understands how to schedule and balance human resources, time, and money. He has also seen firsthand that Southern Arizona families struggle to keep food on the table in this stagnant economy. That must change.
Prior to joining the family business, Jesse served in the United States Marine Corps. During his four years in the military, he led a squad in the Mortar Section of the 1st Battalion, 7th Marines and participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was honorably discharged in 2004.
His run for congress embodies three principles: lowering taxes, strengthening the economy, and fostering a climate that allows businesses to grow, which in turn will provide more jobs for Arizona families.
Jesse and Aubrey Kelly live in Marana, Arizona, where they have chosen to raise their sons. The family attends Tucson’s Alive Christian Fellowship Church.