Ex-Temecula Mayor to Challenge Hunter

Matt Rahn will run as a Republican.

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Ally Mutnick
Jan. 2, 2019, 9:39 a.m.

Former Temecula Mayor Matt Rahn (R) announced plans to challenge Rep. Duncan Hunter (R) in 2020. Rahn, who filed a statement of candidacy in November, suggested his decision was influenced by the federal indictment “lodged against Hunter and his wife, Margaret, for allegedly using $250,000 in campaign funds for personal expenses, including dental work and trips to Italy and Hawaii. A trial date has been set for September.”

Rahn: "There's an opportunity to let this play out in the courts and I am interested in seeing the results just like everyone else is. I don't need to get involved in an area that has good representation, and I don't need to be there upset the apple cart, so to speak.” (Valley News)

In 2018, Hunter bested activist Ammar Campa-Najjar (D), who also filed papers to run in 2020.


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