by Garrett Frisk
One of the closest races in 2022 was found in Arizona's 6th congressional district, which pitted Republican Juan Ciscomani against Democrat Kirsten Engel. With Democratic incumbent Ann Kirkpatrick retiring and the district redrawn to be more conservative, Republicans saw the district as an easy flip. National Democrats, anticipating a red wave, assumed the district was unwinnable and cut off Engel. But that turned out to be a mistake, as Ciscomani defeated Engel by just 1.5% of the vote. Now, both House Democrats and House Republicans alike see Arizona's 6th district as one of their highest-priority districts for the 2024 election--and two Democrats are already in the running to take back the seat for their party.
One of those Democrats is Kirsten Engel, who is back to give it another go. After 4 years of service in the Arizona House of Representatives, Engel was elected to the Arizona Senate in 2020--but she ended up resigning just a few months into her term after deciding to run for Congress. Now she's back, and hoping to finish what she started in 2022. In the first quarter of 2023, Engel raised $1,763, spent $735, and ended with $2,333 on hand. Her campaign website can be found here. However, Engel will have to face opposition in the Democratic primary from cybersecurity professional Vieri Tenuta, who has also declared his campaign. Tenuta previously served as a member of the Tanque Verde Unified School District board. His website can be found here.