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New Wrinkle In Ventura County Congressional Race, With State Assemblywoman Jumping Into Fray

Posted on Monday, February 20, 2012 7:09pm

The twists and turns continue in the race for Ventura County’s new 26th Congressional District, with a state assemblywoman announcing she’s the latest to run for the seat.

Democratic Assemblywoman Julia Brownley of Santa Monica says she’ll seek the post.  Brownley currently represents the 41st Assembly District, which includes parts of Los Angeles, and Ventura Counties.

Brownley’s move comes in the wake of the unexpected announcement earlier this month that Ventura County Supervisor Steve Bennett was dropping out of the congressional race, and would instead run again for his current supervisorial seat.

There are three other Democrats already in the race, including Oxnard Harbor District Commissioner Jess Herrera, Moorpark City Councilman David Pollock, and businessman David Thayne.

On the Republican side, State Senator Tony Strickland is seeking the congressional seat.  Ventura County Supervisor Linda Parks, who has been a Republican, is in the race, but says she’s running as an independent.  Political observers say what will make this race especially interesting is that under the state’s new primary system, the top two vote getters this spring regardless of party affiliation will then face each other in November.

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