One of the best known candidates in the race for a new Congressional seat in Ventura County stunned political observers from withdrawing from the race.
Ventura County Supervisor Steve Bennett announced at the Democratic Party Convention in San Diego that he’s withdrawing from the 26th District Congressional race. Bennett said that with four Democrats in the race, he was concerned about any of them making it past the primary election. Under the new primary system being used in California, only the top two voter getters, regardless of party, will face each other in the November election.
Republican State Senator Tony Strickland is in the race for the seat, as is Ventura County Supervisor Linda Parks, who’s a Republican who says she’s planning to run as an independent.
On the Democratic side, Bennett’s withdrawal leaves Moorpark City Councilman David Pollock, Oxnard Harbor District Commissioner Jess Herrera, and businessmann David Thayne in the race.
Bennett says he will now seek re-election for his First District Supervisorial candidate, facing three announced candidates: Current Ventura County Fire Chief Bob Roper, City Councilman Neal Andrews, and City Councilwoman Christy Weir.