CA-21: Engineer TJ Cox (D) announced today he will leave the race against Rep. Jeff Denham (R-10) to challenge Rep. David Valadao (R) in a nearby Central Valley district.
Cox: “While this was not an easy decision, I decided to move back to the community I’ve called home since 2000 because I believe that the people of this district deserve better than their current representative who has ignored the needs of his constituents to vote with Donald Trump 98% of the time.”
“Cox doesn’t live in the 21st District; he resides in Fresno just a few miles outside the district.” He’s “not a household name in Kern County, where 42 percent of the voters in the four-county 21st District reside and where Democrats running for the district have historically done best.” (Bakersfield Californian)
CA-39: Nonprofit founder Andy Thorburn (D) released an ad, featuring his wife, Karen, and his two adopted children. “We’ve supported each other through ups and downs, from losing everything in bankruptcy to succeeding in business.” (release) He’s in the crowded Democratic field for retiring Rep. Ed Royce’s (R) seat.
CA-50: Former San Diego City Councilman Carl DeMaio (R) “has taken preliminary steps for another run for Congress, this time for a seat held by fellow” Rep. Duncan Hunter (R). “He’s the third Republican to challenge Hunter, and he has until Friday to gather the 40 signatures to appear on the ballot.” (San Diego Union-Tribune)