A candidate has unexpectedly dropped out of the race for Ventura County’s new 26th District Congressional seat on the eve of the filing deadline, while one still in the race claims the Democratic Party has been pressuring him, and some other Democrats to quit.
Moorpark City Councilman David Pollock says with four Democrats in the race, he dropped out to increase the chances of a Democratic win. Still in the race are State Assemblywoman Julia Brownley, Oxnard Harbor District Commissioner Jess Herrera, and Westlake Village businessman David Cruz Thayne. On his campaign website, Thayne says there has been a concerted campaign by some local Democratic Party leaders to get everyone from the party besides Brownley to drop out of the race, because they think she has the best chance of winning.
On the Republican side, longtime local leader, and current 19th District State Senator Tony Strickland is seeking the congressional seat, while Ventura County Supervisor Linda Parks, who was Republican, has changer her party affiliation and is running as an independent.