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Senate candidate Mark Kelly rides alongside Gabrielle Giffords in El Tour de Tucson

Posted at 1:15 PM, Nov 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-25 11:13:32-05

TUCSON, Ariz.-- Senate candidate Mark Kelly and Gabrielle Giffords rode in the 25 mile ride of El Tour de Tucson.

When the couple arrived at the starting point in Marana, they immediately began greeting members of the community. The told KGUN9 they have ridden in El Tour de Tucson before.

This time they each rode for a special reason.

“Gabby’s riding with Friends of Aphasia because it’s a challenge that she has. When she was shot in January of 2011, she had a significant, traumatic brain injury and this organization in Tucson helps people with Aphasia from either other kids of traumatic brain injury; things like stroke, car accidents,” Mark Kelly told KGUN9.

While Gabby rode for Friends of Aphasia, Kelly said he was here to continue to get to know his community. He says he wants to continue to hear about their needs and the issues that are important to them.

He has been campaigning for the last 10 months. For the first time, Mark Kelly will be running for U.S. Senate.

“To have an opportunity to meet folks...where they live and hear about the issues that Washington D.C. is sometimes trying to address--sometimes unsuccessfully. We’ve got about a year until the election and we’re having a really good time," Kelly added.

Mark Kelly will be facing senator Martha McSally in the upcoming 2020 election.