Knight will run for his old House po­si­tion

Antelope Valley Press (Sunday) - - Front Page - VAL­LEY PRESS STAFF RE­PORT

PALM­DALE — For­mer Rep. Steve Knight an­nounced Satur­day that he will run for Congress.

“I have al­ways an­swered the call to serve and to­day is no ex­cep­tion,” Knight said in a state­ment. “I am proud to an­nounce my run to re­turn to Congress.

As an Army Vet­eran, for­mer LAPD of­fi­cer, and a ded­i­cated pub­lic of­fi­cial for over 15 years, I have al­ways put my com­mu­nity first. To­day is no ex­cep­tion. I am proud to re­turn to pub­lic ser­vice and de­liver the type of rep­re­sen­ta­tion our district de­serves.”

Knight was first elected to rep­re­sent Cal­i­for­nia’s 25th con­gres­sional district, in­clud­ing the An­te­lope Val­ley, Simi Val­ley and Santa Clarita Val­ley, in Novem­ber 2014. He was re­elected in 2016. He lost his bid for a third term to for­mer Rep. Katie Hill, D-Agua Dulce.

Hill, 32, was elected amid the 2018 “Blue Wave” that gave Democrats con­trol of the House, be­com­ing the first Demo­crat to rep­re­sent the 25th District in more than half a cen­tury.

Hill an­nounced her res­ig­na­tion Oct. 27, fol­low­ing al­le­ga­tions of re­la­tions with staff mem­bers that trig­gered a House Ethics Com­mit­tee in­ves­ti­ga­tion and fol­low­ing the on­line re­lease of nude pho­tos of Hill in con­ser­va­tive out­lets.

Hill de­nied the al­le­ga­tions of a re­la­tion­ship with a con­gres­sional staffer as the re­sult of a di­vorce from an abu­sive hus­band, but ad­mit­ted to one with a cam­paign staff mem­ber.

Fol­low­ing Hill’s Oct 27 an­nounce­ment Knight posted the fol­low­ing state­ment on his cam­paign page: “I am look­ing to run and am thank­ful for all the calls en­cour­ag­ing me to re­turn to Congress.’’

The fil­ing pe­riod for the March 3 Pres­i­den­tial Pri­mary be­gins Tues­day. Knight joins three Repub­li­cans and one Demo­crat who pre­vi­ously an­nounced in­ten­tions to run for Hill’s seat.

In ad­di­tion to Knight, the Repub­li­cans are Lancaster Coun­cilmem­ber An­gela Un­der­wood-Ja­cobs, for­mer Navy fighter pilot Mike Gar­cia of Santa Clarita, and Los An­ge­les County Sher­iff’s Sgt. Mike Cripe. Un­der­wood-Ja­cobs is set to re­sign from the City Coun­cil on Dec. 3

For­mer Trump cam­paign aide Ge­orge Pa­padopou­los, who served time in fed­eral prison after plead­ing guilty to ly­ing to fed­eral in­ves­ti­ga­tors, has also filed to run for the seat.

Since Hill’s res­ig­na­tion, Assem­bly­woman Christy Smith, D-Santa Clarita, an­nounced her in­ten­tion to con­tend in the spe­cial elec­tion.

Other po­ten­tial Demo­cratic can­di­dates are Brenda Ed­munds, F. David Rud­nick, and Christophe­r Smith, ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion on the Los An­ge­les County Reg­is­trar-Recorder/County Clerk’s web­site.

Other of­fices to be filled in­clude the 36th District of the State As­sem­bly, cur­rently held by Assem­bly­man Tom Lackey, R-Palm­dale.

Lackey’s po­ten­tial chal­lengers in­clude Democrats Lour­des Everett, Steve Fox, Ol­lie McCaul­ley, and Michael Rives, ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion on the L.A. County Reg­is­trar-Recorder/ County Clerk’s web­site.

State Sen. Scott Wilk, R-Santa Clarita, 21st District seat is also up for elec­tion. Three Democrats have filed ini­tial pa­per­work to chal­lenge him: Steve Hill, Dana LaMon, and Kipp Mueller.

Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Bak­ers­field, is also up for re­elec­tion. Demo­crat Kim Man­gone filed ini­tial pa­pers with L.A. County to chal­lenge McCarthy.


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