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Redd Runs for Congress  

Redd Runs for Congress   
February 26
15:44 2016

In a classic 1939 movie, Mr. Smith went to Washington. Now, 77 years later, Mr. Redd is hoping to do the same.

Shawn Redd, a member of the Navajo Nation, is seeking the Arizona District 1 seat in Congress.

Redd is vying against several other candidates for the Republican nomination. District 1 encompasses Coconino, Pinal, Apache, Navajo, Greenlee, Gila and Graham counties.

Redd said he grew up off of the Navajo Nation but has moved there to bring his Republican values home.

“I strongly believe in the concepts, the foundation of (the Republican Party),” Redd said.

That’s what has prepared him to run for office, he said.

As an astute businessman, Redd said he understands the problems and the people of District 1.

One problem is the talk of raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour.

“It’s definitely detrimental to any worker,” Redd said.

The Navajo Nation is heavily regulated, “the epitome of the liberal Utopian theory,” Redd explained.

The $15 hourly wage is a falsehood that doesn’t work, Redd insisted.

“And, as conservatives, we know that,” Redd said.

The District 1 seat became vacant when Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick gave it up to challenge Sen. John McCain for his seat.

Two Navajo Republicans – state Sen. Carlyle Begay and Navajo Council delegate Walter Phelps – showed up to support Redd. Among his other Navajo backers are former Chairman Peter MacDonald, Donald Benally and his son, Dineh Benally, who recently ran for Vice President on Joe Shirley’s failed 2015 ticket.


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