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Topic - Mark Cardenas
Veterans across the country are vying for House, Senate and state office seats this year, from well-known hopefuls such as congressional candidate Tammy Duckworth in Illinois, who became a double amputee when her National Guard helicopter was shot down in Iraq, to Arizona state House contender Mark Cardenas, a 25-year-old Iraq vet who remains a National Guardsman.
Mr. Cardenas, who recently won his Arizona state House Democratic primary and is unopposed in the general election, said his Iraq tour came in handy when questions arose about his youth or his experience.
"Well, for one thing, I'm the only person (in the race) that's ever had an AK-47 shot at them in anger," said Mr. Cardenas, whose stint in the National Guard won't end until nearly two weeks after the Nov. 6 election.