A longtime city, and county official in Ventura County has announced that he’s running for a new Congressional seat that’s the result of this year’s redistricting process.
Steve Bennett announced he’ll seek the Democratic Party nomination for the 26th District, which includes almost all of Ventura County, except for Simi Valley.
He’s been a County Supervisor since 2000, and is best known for his efforts to protect open space, and the environment.
Bennett is a former teacher, who also served on the Ventura City Council.
Two other Democrats have already announced plans to run for the seat. They include Moorpark City councilman David Pollock, and Westlake Village businessman David Thayne.
The big mystery is whether longtime Republican Congressman Elton Gallegly of Simi Valley will seek the seat in the new district.
Simi Valley is now in the neighboring 25th District, which includes Santa Clarita, and if Gallegly tries to run in Simi’s new home district, he would have to first face current Republican Congressman Howard McKeon.