A second Ventura County supervisor joins congressional race
It’s not taking long for more candidates to emerge for a new Ventura County congressional district seat now that Rep. Elton Gallegly (R-Simi Valley) has announced he’ll not seek another term in the House.
Ventura County Supervisor Linda Parks on Monday said she’s running and will formally kick off her campaign Jan. 21 for the new 26th District seat. Parks is a Republican but did not mention her party affiliation in her campaign announcement, in which she said she wants to declare “independence from the party politics that are failing our nation.”
She joins another Ventura County supervisor, Steve Bennett, a Democrat, who announced his candidacy weeks ago.
Republican state Sen. Tony Strickland (R-Moorpark) is widely expected to run. Strickland said Monday he’ll announce his intentions “very soon.”
Others who have said they are running are Moorpark City Councilman David Pollock, businessman and tennis coach David Cruz Thayne and retired longshoreman Esequiel “Zeke” Ruelas, all Democrats.
Democrats hold a slight registration edge in the district, but it is considered competitive.
Photo: Rep. Elton Gallegly is retiring. Credit: Charles Dharapak / AP