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Congressman Raúl Grijalva diagnosed with cancer, will run for reelection

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(The Center Square) – 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.

“My congressional office remains open and the many services we provide for our constituents continue uninterrupted. I am in regular communication with my staff and I continue to work as I undergo treatment. It is a privilege to serve as a Representative for the people of Arizona and I take this responsibility very seriously,” Grijalva stated.

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.

“I want to send my support and warmest wishes to Representative Grijalva as he begins his fight against cancer. I wish him a swift and complete recovery, and my thoughts are with him, his family, and his loved ones during this difficult time,” Gov. Katie Hobbs tweeted.

“I was sad to hear the news from Congressman Raúl Grijalva today about his cancer diagnosis. Congressman Grijalva is a longtime mentor, public servant and dear friend. I feel confident I can speak for all of us in wishing the Congressman a speedy recovery. I want to send my love and healing prayers to Raúl, Mona and his entire family,” Tucson Mayor Regina Romero posted.

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

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