Political newcomers drops out of Arizona CD2 race

Nomiki Konst
Nomiki Konst

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Political newcomer Nomiki Konst has dropped out of the race for a full term representing former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' southern Arizona congressional district.

Konst announced Thursday that she was suspending her campaign after three months because "it became clear to me that there was not a way forward for me in this race."

She posted on her Facebook page, "This was my first race, but certainly will not be my last. A new generation's participation in government and politics is essential to creating a future we can look forward to."

The 28-year-old Konst is a former University of Arizona student who founded an organization on civil discourse.

She was the third Democrat to announce a run for the new Congressional District 2 that includes eastern Pima County and all of Cochise County.

State Sen. Paula Aboud dropped out of the race in March. State Rep. Matt Heinz remains in the race.

The primary for the general election is Aug. 28 with the general election on Nov. 6.

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