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Update: Senator-elect Kelly releases statement on meeting with Arizona governor

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Ducey and Kelly discussed coronavirus, trade, and infrastructure during Monday sitdown

PHOENIX, Ariz. (KYMA, KECY) - Senator-elect Mark Kelly met Monday with Arizona Governor Doug Ducey as he prepares to take his oath of office.

Kelly and Ducey's conversation included distribution of a coronavirus vaccine, state infrastructure projects, and trade with Mexico.

The Senator-elect released this statement after the meeting:

“I’m focused on how our state can address the public health and economic crises that we face, and told Governor Ducey that I’m ready to find common ground and work together where we agree. During our conversation I shared my concern about the rising coronavirus cases in Arizona and reiterated my support for a statewide mask requirement as part of mitigation measures to slow the spread of the virus. The Governor and I also discussed priorities for Arizona in another round of coronavirus relief, and the path to rebuilding Arizona’s economy including investments in infrastructure like our ports of entry and continuing to bring innovative companies and jobs to our state.”

- Senator-elect Mark Kelly, (D-Ariz.)

The Senator-elect said he and Ducey agreed Congress needs to do more to support and sustain families struggling during the pandemic.

Gov. Ducey released this statement following his meeting with Kelly:

“I’m grateful to Senator-elect Kelly for sitting down to talk about the important work ahead of us, and I once again congratulate him on his recent victory. Today’s meeting was a productive one. We discussed how we can work together to advance Arizona’s priorities at the federal level, including partnering on issues that matter to Arizonans like efficiently distributing a COVID-19 vaccine, expanding telemedicine options, keeping Arizona and our nation economically competitive, improving infrastructure and growing cross-border trade. There is no shortage of critical issues before our state and nation, and we’ll need both sides working together to really make a difference. 

“My thanks to Senator-elect Kelly for his willingness to continue serving Arizona at this crucial time. I look forward to working with him to best serve the people of Arizona and future generations.”

-Gov. Doug Ducey, (R-Ariz.)

Kelly could take the oath of office and begin serving in the U.S. Senate as soon as next week.

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Lisa Sturgis recently returned to KYMA as its Digital Content Director, but she and her family have a long history in the Desert Southwest.

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