SEN. Edward Kennedy (D) of Massachusetts will face a campaign battle with Republican talk-show host and political neophyte Janet Jeghelian - the latest in a long line of contenders stepping up for Senate races next year.
Ms. Jeghelian, who announced her candidacy Tuesday, served six years as a town selectwoman in the 1970s and has hosted talk shows on Boston radio stations. Pro-abortion rights and moderate on social issues, she is a fiscal conservative and supports government downsizing and term limits.
Although political analysts say Senator Kennedy will be tough to beat, state GOP officials boast a list of other eager contenders.
Jeghelian admits she has a ``medium-to-long shot'' of winning against the legendary Bay State politician. Yet Kennedy still appears worried, particularly about how he fares with women voters. Last month, he hosted all five Democratic women US senators at a $100-per-person Boston fund-raiser.
The former talk-show host says she will not make an issue out of the senator's personal life - although she adds that gender will be an important election theme. ``For far too long women have been kept out of the [political] process,'' she says.
In other key 1994 Senate races:
r Arizona: Secretary of State Dick Mahoney is the leading Democratic contender for the seat vacated by retiring Sen. Dennis DeConcini (D). Rep. John Kyl is the top GOP challenger.