(Reuters) - Ron Barber, a former aide to Gabrielle Giffords, will mount a run to fill the Arizona seat she vacated in the House of Representatives when she resigned to focus on her recovery from a gunshot wound to the head.
"Our community needs someone who will put politics aside and solve problems for the people of Southern Arizona," said Barber, who was wounded alongside Giffords in the shooting last year at a constituent event.
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer set the date for the special election primary for April 17 and the general election for June 12. The winner will serve out Giffords' term, which ends December 31.
(Reporting By David Schwartz; Writing by Cynthia Johnston; Editing by Paul Thomasch)