Ventura County Supervisor Linda Parks today changed her party registration from Republican, to Independent to run as an Independent for the new 26th District Congressional Seat in the county.
She says having served in non-partisan political offices for her entire public service career, she’s okay with the idea of running without a party’s backing.
Parks will face Republican State Senator Tony Strickland, Democratic Assemblywoman Julia Brownley, and three other Democrats in the June primary. In 2010, Assemblywoman Audra Strickland, Tony Strickland’s wife, tried to unseat Parks for her supervisorial seat, with the backing of the local Republican party, but was beaten badly.
The race is expected to be an interesting one with the change in the way the state’s primary election will work, with the two top vote getting candidates facing each other in November, regardless of party affiliation.