A second Ventura County Supervisor has announced plans to run for a new congressional seat.
Linda Parks says she’ll seek the 26th District Congressional post, which covers most of Ventura County. Parks is a Republican, but she says she’s not running as a Republican candidate.
It’s expected State Senator Tony Strickland will seek the Republican party nomination, while County Supervisor Steve Bennett is one of five Democrats seeking the post.
There had been questions about whether Elton Gallegly, who’s represented most of the county for the last 25 years, might move and run for the seat, but over the weekend, he announced his retirement.
The announcement by the two term supervisor sets up an interesting dynamic for the race, with political observers saying there are potentially three strong candidates with Bennett, Parks, and Strickland.
Two years ago, Parks survived a challenge for her supervisorial seat by Tony Strickland’s wife, Audra Strickland, who lost her state assembly seat due to term limits. Strickland’s challenge was backed by the local Republican Party, but was she was defeated by Parks by a huge margin.
In a press release, Parks says she won’t take campaign money from political parties, political action committees, or unions. She calls Congress “broken”, and says she’s running to try to fix the system.