Titla formally announces candidacy for Congress 7-1-07

Special to News From Indian Country

Globe, AZ - Democrat Mary Kim Titla formally declared her candidacy with the Federal Elections Commission as a candidate for Arizona's U.S. Congressional District 1.

"I'm humbled and honored to run for this very important position. Voters want new leadership. They want someone who can better represent their interests in Congress. I'm willing to work hard to return honesty and integrity to this office," said Titla, a member of the San Carlos Apache Tribe.

Titla is an award winning 20-year veteran of TV news having worked at NBC stations in Tucson and Phoenix. She made the decision to leave her TV career behind in late 2005 to work full-time on Native Youth Magazine online, an e-zine she founded. Native Youth Magazine showcases the talents and lifestyles of Native American youth in the U.S. and Canada. As publisher, Titla mentors youth who wish to explore the world of journalism.

Titla, who has already visited many communities in District 1 as part of her "Hear The People Tour," is officially kicking off her campaign over the next week, meeting voters at events in Show Low and on the Navajo, San Carlos Apache and White Mountain Apache Reservations.

"I'm running because I believe in the same things citizens in District 1 believe in and deserve, including quality education, affordable healthcare, working with others to come up with a plan to bring our troops home from Iraq, reducing corruption in Washington and making sure our tax dollars are spent wisely. Healthy communities and strengthening families are also very important to me. I want to work with others to help build a better future for our children," said Titla. "Finally, I believe I can do better as a leader in Arizona's First Congressional District. My platform will focus on children. If children are struggling or suffering in some way, our communities, state and nation are struggling and suffering. As a youth advocate for more than 20 years, I pledge to continue to fight for quality of life for our children."

For more information about Titla's campaign, please visit her website at www.marykimtitla.com .