Central Valley businessman TJ Cox announced on Monday that he will be challenging Rep. David Valadao for California’s 21st Congressional District seat. Cox had previously planned to run in the neighboring 10th District.
This news comes after the son of Dolores Huerta, Emilio Huerta, dropped out of the race over the weekend. Cox will now run in Huerta’s place on the democratic ticket.
“After much deliberation, and with the encouragement of family, friends, and supporters here in the Central Valley, I’m proud to announce that I’m taking my campaign for Congress to California’s 21st Congressional District. While this was not an easy decision, I decided to move back to the community I’ve called home since 2000 because I believe that the people of this district deserve better than their current representative who has ignored the needs of his constituents to vote with Donald Trump 98% of the time.
Cox is a California native and business leader who is the founder and President of the Central Valley NMTC Fund (CVNF), a small business which invests in socially and economically disadvantaged communities throughout the Central Valley, according to his campaign team.
Cox has raised and invested over $65 million into projects that have created over 1,500 jobs, according to his office. His funding for five new community health clinics has delivered healthcare to 26,000 Central Valley residents.
Cox said the decision to move his campaign to 21st district wasn’t easy and he published the following statement on his Facebook page: