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Dropping Out / I'll Be Back

I have decided to drop out of the race for Arizona’s Congressional District 2.

I’m stepping down for two major reasons:

1) I’ve been watching my business grow over the past few months, and it's continuing to grow rapidly. I have a duty to my co-owners and employees to continue to give the business the attention it deserves during this phase of growth.

Owning a growing business is fantastic, so I'm certainly not complaining. However, as a result, for the past month I haven’t been able to pay as much attention to my campaign as I’d have liked, and currently it seems like that will continue to be the case for the foreseeable future.

If you’re going to do something, you should do it well. I can’t give this campaign the attention it deserves right now, so instead I will focus on my business.

2) When I began this campaign, there were no serious contenders for this seat. Now, we have a variety of strong candidates ready to challenge Martha McSally next year; candidates I like and trust to get the job done.

Two candidates in particular stand out to me right now:

Billy Kovacs is running the kind of campaign I wanted to run if I could ever find the time. He has the energy to run a people-oriented campaign, and like me he’s making an effort to connect with people, both rural and urban, who are often overlooked. In short, he seems to understand that politics is about people, and I can relate to his youthful vision and idealism.

Mary Matiella, on the other hand, has the experience of rising up from a poor family to receiving a federal appointment from President Obama. She has experience working at the federal level, and she has the values I want to see in a Congressperson. She’s also endorsed by Raul Grijalva, a Congressman I respect and look up to very much.

I’ll be honest, it’s going to be tough for me to decide which of them to support in the primary. Regardless, I feel like I’m leaving this race in good hands.


Though I’m stepping down for now, I don’t believe this will be my last foray into politics. As my business continues to grow, no doubt my role in this company will become more and more redundant, and I’ll eventually be able to take the time to once again pursue public service. Suffice to say, I’ll be keeping an eye on state and local races in the coming years.

In the meantime, I will continue to be involved in politics in any way I can, whether by supporting candidates I believe in, volunteering my time, or simply keeping the conversation going.

We are a country in need of healing. It’s up to all of us to get out there and connect with people; to understand each other and make ourselves understood. Changing our culture is a collective effort, and we each have an impact. I intend to continue working toward a better, more united, and more prosperous America. I hope you’ll join me.

Thank you so much for your support. I'm always available to talk, so please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions. You can email me at




Charlie Verdin