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.