State Rep. Bruce Wheeler says he's no longer exploring a congressional campaign.
We wish state Rep. Bruce Wheeler (D-Tucson) a continued recovery from recent surgery he had to repair a torn retina. Wheeler told us earlier yesterday that he's well enough to take a quick trip across the border to Rocky Point, so the prognosis is good.
The medical incident, however, has forced Wheeler to reconsider his 2016 bid for the congressional seat now held by Republican Martha McSally. He says he’s out of the hunt, although he will stay in the House of Representatives to finish his term next year and "then I'm done."
Wheeler was the only Democrat to have filed FEC paperwork indicating that he was exploring a campaign in CD2. Former state lawmaker Matt Heinz has told The Skinny that he’s interested; we’ve also heard insiders drop the names of current state lawmakers Victoria Steele and Randy Friese, as well as pecan-farm owner and former DC insider Nan Walden.
Potential candidates still don’t know whether they’ll be running in the current CD2 or in a district drawn by state lawmakers. The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule in a lawsuit challenging the current system by the end of the month.
Democrat Courtney Frogge has launched a campaign for Wheeler's House in midtown Legislative District 10.