U.S. Rep. Ron Barber says he will seek re-election next year.
Reacting to a news report that while he is taking steps to run, the Southern Arizona Democrat told a reporter earlier this week that he was uncertain he’ll do so, Barber issued a short statement Wednesday morning confirming his intent to try to keep his post.
"I am focused on doing my job, serving southern Arizona — not reelection. There will be plenty of time next year to talk about the campaign — but let me be clear — I will be running and am putting everything in place to win," the statement says.
Barber represents Arizona’s 2nd Congressional District, which includes much of Tucson as well as other parts of Southeastern Arizona.
He first won the seat held by his former boss Gabrielle Giffords in a special election after she resigned in January 2012 to focus on recovering from injuries she suffered in a mass shooting.
Barber beat Republican Martha McSally in the November 2010 race. McSally and fellow Republican Ed Martin have already announced their candidacy.