Congressman Howard “Buck” McKeon is not seeking re-election for California’s 25th Congressional District in 2014. The district encompasses the Santa Clarita Valley.
McKeon’s vocal opponent, Dr. Lee Rogers-D Simi Valley, says his campaign for the seat is on target, and vows to “end the cycle of broken government,” according to a press release sent out on January 15.
According to Dr. Rogers, McKeon’s support within the district has been crumbling and his fundraising has dwindled, due to lack of leadership on issues important to the district.
Two Republicans have expressed interest in the seat. They are California State Senator Steve Knight-R Palmdale, elected to office in 2012, and former State Senator Tony Strickland-R.
Two others who have announced they intend to run include Llano resident Jorge Ricardo “J.R.” Puentes Jr. and Lancaster resident and Air Force veteran Evan Thomas.
Rogers sees the McKeon departure as the beginning of a new era for Santa Clarita, Simi, and Antelope Valleys, saying he will represent their concerns, fix the Affordable Care Act, strengthen theeconomy, and solve local issues.
McKeon made this statement: Thank You… This week I made the announcement that I will not be running for Congress in the 25th District of California this year. Words cannot express the gratitude I feel for the humbling opportunity I have received from you, the people of the 25th, as your Representative.
I look forward to a productive year- there is much work left to do!