Senator Jeff Flake announced he will not be seeking re-election.
Senator Flake has decided to discontinue serving in the senate in response to what he perceives as lack of leadership by both President Trump and the GOP.
For many, this stepping down is considered to be a perfect and necessary response to the White House.
“I really appreciate the fact that he’s standing up for what he believes in,” stated Abby Quaranta, a photography major at the UA, “it probably took a lot of guts to do something like that.”
Senator Flake, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, sparked large support from Mormons in Arizona and abroad.
“He’s basically acting as a representative of the church when he is in that spot,” said Brittany Anderson, a psychology major and member of the LDS church in Tucson, “I think his actions can finally put Mormons in a better light and push people to see that we’re not these crazy right wingers.”
However, Flake did not receive solely praise, many consider his actions to be too little to late. McKenzie Richardson, a sophomore at the University of Arizona as well as a member of the LDS church is one of the many who are not excited about Flake’s decision.
“I just wish he had done something like this sooner,” stated Richardson, “Or maybe not resign, but fight with the party and White House more. It just doesn’t really make sense to me that he would choose this moment to resign when I feel like there is so much more he could do to try and change the party for the better”
For student’s at the University of Arizona, as well as for all who reside in Arizona, Flake’s retirement could have great effects.
Members of both parties must now consider who they would like as their representative, and how to get that person in the seat. Progressives may now have a greater chance at moving Arizona to the left, as Kyrsten Sinema, a democrat and representative of Arizona’s ninth congressional district, will be running and will no longer need to compete with Flake.
Students at the University of Arizona must now consider what they would like to see changed and who they want to implement those changes.