On the same day Congress shut down the federal government for the first time in 17 years, Martha McSally announced she wants to join them.

But she wants to do things different.

McSally, a Republican who lost to U.S. Rep. Ron Barber by less than a percentage point last year, announced in Sahuarita on Tuesday morning that she is a candidate for that same seat.

McSally made the announcement at American Legion Post 66, the first of three stops Tuesday that include Tucson and Sierra Vista.

“We can change Washington if we change who we send to Congress,” she told supporters at the beginning of what will be a 13-month campaign. She faces opposition from at least one other Republican in the primary, Ed Martin.