The new 26th district got more complicated when Ventura County Supervisor Linda Parks, a registered Republican, filed to run as an Independent. With just one Republican and at least three Democrats in the race, there is a possibility that the Democratic vote splinters, allowing Parks and state Sen. Tony Strickland (R) to advance beyond the jungle primary.
Seven California incumbents are retiring or running for another office, and redistricting forced two Democratic Member-vs.-Member races, meaning at least two more incumbents won’t be back in 2013. It’s all part of a new competitive landscape in the state that has already made the 2012 cycle more interesting than the last five combined.
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.