KINGMAN – Dr. David Brill of Prescott has announced his candidacy for the U.S. House of Representatives from Arizona’s 4th Congressional District, an office currently held by Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Prescott).
The 4th Congressional District includes Kingman, Yuma, Payson, Prescott and northern suburbs of Phoenix. Brill will run as a “Democrat and a pragmatist,” the release states.
“It’s time we moved past polarity and paralysis in Congress, and focus on solutions that work now, without burdening the next generation,” Brill said.
He decided to run out of both frustration and gratitude. Frustration with how things have been going in the district, gridlock in Congress and the lack of communication with both sides of the aisle from the district’s current representation. Gratitude, for all the opportunities he’s had in the private sector.
Brill has years of experience in the private sector, having been a corporate medical officer for a Fortune 500 company and an entrepreneurial founder of three small businesses in the health-services industry. Most recently he has been the manager of primary care services for the Northern Arizona Veterans Administration and developed their TeleHealth program.
Brill hopes to move along infrastructure projects, such as funding Highway 11 from Las Vegas to Phoenix. He added that project would create opportunities for Kingman as well.
“Highway 11 from Vegas to Phoenix should have been funded long ago,” he said. “We need to get that done.”
Instead of advocating for petroleum and fossil fuels, as he said the current representation is doing, Brill said we should be “covering Northern Arizona with solar panels, which would create lots of jobs in installation as well as help get people off the grid.”
He also noted promoting innovations in veterans’ administration services, and the lack of innovations in healthcare as focal points.
“I’ve heard advocacy for health savings accounts and for insurers to cross state lines,” Brill said. He added that insurers crossing state lines hasn’t changed much, and that he fails to see how health savings accounts will protect struggling families from expensive medical bills and bankruptcy.
“Upon arriving in Congress, the first things I would do would be to allow Medicare to negotiate directly on price with pharmaceutical companies, and to import the same safe and effective medications inexpensively from Canada that are manufactured by the same pharmaceutical companies that charge twice as much in the States.”
Brill will hold a campaign kickoff event featuring music, theater and speakers from 4-6 p.m. on Feb. 18 on the third floor of the historic Elks Theater ballroom, 117 E. Gurley St., Prescott. A $20 donation will be suggested at the door.
“It’s time for the citizens of Arizona’s 4th District to have a representative in Washington who listens to them and looks after their real interest,” Brill said in the release. “My hope is that the event on the 18th will give us a chance to meet and talk about citizens’ concerns, like healthcare and economic opportunity. I want this to be the beginning of a full-term dialogue.”
More information can be found at BrillForCongress.com.