Rep. Lois Capps will run for re-election in new 24th District
August 2, 2011
Eight-term incumbent Rep. Lois Capps, a Democrat, announced Friday that she will run for re-election in the newly configured 24th Congressional District. [Santa Maria Times]
Capps has represented the 23rd District, which was redrawn recently by the Citizens Redistricting Commission based on 2010 Census data. The new district lines were announced the same day Capps said she would run again.
The new district poses what promises to be a more challenging race for Capps, who will face Republican Abel Maldonado, who announced his candidacy in February.
The 23rd District, a narrow strip that runs along the coastline from Oxnard up to Monterey, has a 12-point Democrat majority. The newly configured 24th District will add more conservative votes from north Santa Barbara County and San Luis Obispo.
The new lines “allow the voters to choose their representatives instead of what happened 10 years ago, when the politicians got to choose their voters. That’s a conflict of interest,” Maldonado said.
Capps points to the fact that she represented the northern region of the new 24th District before 2000’s redistricting changes, and said that while she’ll have to introduce herself to thousands of new voters, she will run her campaign no differently than previous ones.
“I take that very seriously,” she said of the new voters. “It will mean a very grass-roots-oriented campaign, and that’s what I run in every election.”