Malik announces candidacy for Arizona’s 6th Congressional District

Anita Malik is running for Arizona’s 6th Congressional District. (Submitted photo)

Scottsdale resident Anita Malik announced her candidacy for Congress in Arizona’s 6th Congressional District, seeking to unseat incumbent Congressman David Schweikert.

Mr. Schweikert is currently under a House ethics investigation for campaign finance violations, according to a press release.

The grassroots movement that propelled Ms. Malik to a primary victory in 2018 is fully behind her effort and encouraged her to consider running with a “Draft Anita” movement, the press release stated.

“We all worked so hard for Anita and her vision for progressive prosperity because she knows and represents the people of this district — she’s a neighbor who understands what families need to be successful. Anita will give us the representation we deserve,” Volunteer Leader Charlotte Raynor said in a prepared statement.

Ms. Malik says she is ready to continue her fight in the next election.

“In 2018, we redefined what was possible in this district by organizing our neighbors around a vision for change, where healthcare is affordable and every family experiences economic growth. Now, we’re ready to continue that fight in 2020. I never stopped fighting for my neighbors in CD 6. This is where I grew up, this is where I am raising my family. I am not backing down from this fight,” Ms. Malik said in a prepared statement.

She is focused on creating a family-first economy with progressive solutions for reforming the Trump tax plan to benefit families and protect seniors.

“The tax code should always be focused on improving the lives of the majority of our neighbors, not just a privileged few,” Ms. Malik said. “We need to bring back deductions for mortgage interest, expand child tax credits and encourage common sense savings for seniors or those getting close to retirement. We must also encourage new businesses and existing small businesses to grow and prosper in our community.”

A family-first economy also includes a strong focus on improving the health care system in America, she said.

“I saw my family suffer through the gaps in our healthcare system, and I know the stress and anguish it brings — I will fight to ensure that health care is expanded and that the system is improved to fill these gaps and cover all of our neighbors who have pre-existing conditions,” Ms. Malik said.

Ms. Malik is a former technology executive and entrepreneur. She lives in Scottsdale with her husband James and their two young sons.

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