Defeated former Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez has announced his candidacy to challenge Republican Representative Eli Crane for Arizona’s Second Congressional District. The Navajo Nation encompasses land in Utah, New Mexico, and Arizona. Its capital is in Window Rock, Arizona.
Nez, a far-leftist, announced his candidacy via X, formerly Twitter.
He acknowledged issues such as the increasing costs of essential commodities like food, gas, and childcare, the escalating threat of wildfires, and the existence of healthcare deserts despite backing Joe Biden, who is responsible for skyrocketing inflation since taking office in 2021.
Nez, who has served as a Navajo County supervisor and held various roles in tribal government, cited the current political landscape in Washington, D.C., and specifically, what he referred to as the “craziness” within the “MAGA” faction of the Republican party, as a driving force behind his decision to enter the race.
Expressing his dissatisfaction with the state of affairs in Congress, Nez pointed out the challenges faced globally, including conflicts in Israel and Ukraine, while highlighting the apparent gridlock in the House of Representatives due to the absence of a Speaker.
Rep. Eli Crane was among the eight Republicans who aligned with Democrats in the removal of Rep. Kevin McCarthy as Speaker.
Following redistricting, the Navajo Nation, previously part of the 1st Congressional District, became incorporated into the Second District. In the last election, three-term Representative Tom O’Halleran, who previously represented the 1st District, lost to Crane.
Nez, having lost his bid for re-election as Navajo Nation president to Buu Nygren in 2022, is now turning his focus to the congressional race in Arizona’s Second District.