Former Representative David Valadao has officially announced he plans to run for Congress. The Republican is vying for the 21st Congressional District seat.
Valadao lost to TJ Cox by less than 900 votes in the 2018 election. He represented Kern County from 2013 through 2019.
In a statement, Valadao said "my parents came to the Central Valley as immigrants to follow their dreams and build a better future for their family. This is where I was born, raised and where my wife and I chose to raise our family."
TJ Cox for Congress released the following statement:
Congressman TJ Cox hit the ground running when he took office in January, and he’s already delivering for the working families of the Central Valley and standing up to Trump's out of control presidency.
In less than a year, he has introduced bold, bipartisan legislation to expand rural health care access, secured $10 million for post-traumatic stress research in servicemembers, he’s delivered millions in funding for desperately needed water storage and infrastructure, and just this week, the president signed Rep. Cox's bill to provide relief to more family farmers during the agricultural downturn.
Congressman Cox is laser focused on those priorities and expanding opportunity in the Central Valley.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) issued the following statement:
In 2018, CA-21 voters rightly threw David Valadao out of office for being a career politician who sided with President Trump 98% of the time in Washington over the needs of Central Valley families and voted to strip health care coverage for more than 60,000 of his own constituents, including those with pre-existing conditions. Clearly failed Congressman David Valadao didn't get the message last time, but maybe he’ll learn this time when Central Valley voters again reject the morally bankrupt Trump-Valadao agenda in 2020.