Congressman Raúl Grijalva diagnosed with cancer, will run for reelection

Arizona Democratic Congressman Raúl Grijalva announced on Tuesday morning that he's been diagnosed with cancer.

“A few weeks ago, I sought medical treatment for a persistent cough which was initially diagnosed as pneumonia. After further testing and imaging, my physician discovered that I have cancer," he said in a statement. “This diagnosis has been difficult to process, but I am confident in the vigorous course of treatment that my medical team has developed, and I’ve begun my journey to fight this cancer."

He added there should be minimal impact on the operation of his office throughout his cancer treatment.

According to Axios, he will continue his re-election bid in the 7th Congressional District, which covers much of the southern part of the state. The district is considered deep blue, with Grijalva winning re-election with 64.5% of the vote in 2022, according to the New York Times

Following his announcement, there was an outpouring of support from elected officials in Arizona.

Grijalva has served in the United States House of Representatives since 2003. 

Couple Clasping Hands by National Cancer Institute is licensed under Unsplash

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