1 (Two segments\\u0019 worth) Christopher Conover sits down with Ron Barber, the Democratic candidate vying to fill out the remainder of Gabrielle Giffords\\u0019 term in Congress. He\\u0019ll be squaring off against Republican candidate Jesse Kelly who just won the primary election on Tuesday 17 April. A Green candidate is also in the race.\\u000D\\u000A\\u000D\\u000ARon Barber (D) \\u002D Candidate, CD8

Ron Barber spent five years watching Gabrielle Giffords represent Southern Arizona's Congressional District 8. And after she resigned in January, Barber says, it felt natural to run to replace his former boss in the nation’s capital.

alt text The decision to run for the open seat in CD8 did not come without consultation, though. Barber says he sat down with his family and doctors before deciding to enter the race. He also heard from his former boss, who encouraged him to run.

Giffords and Barber were wounded in the Jan. 8, 2011 shooting on Tucson's northwest side in which six other people were killed and another 11 wounded. Giffords resigned to recover from the debilitating effects of a bullet wound in the head. Barber's wounds also were critical -- he was near death at the hospital -- but because he wasn't hit in the head, his mental faculties were unaffected.

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