Political ads hit airwaves as Election Day nears


With about three months until Election Day on Nov. 6, campaigns are getting into full swing releasing new television ads for the general election.

Congressional candidate TJ Cox is challenging Republican incumbent David Valadao in the 21st District. His campaign released its first ad since the June 6 primary.

In the ad, Cox says, if elected, he’d prioritize investing in farm technology and would be tough on trade deals.

But according to the Valadao campaign, the almond processing business featured in the ad is not located in the 21st District. A spokesperson with the campaign told 17 News the plant is actually in Madera — about 20 miles north of the northernmost part of the district.

17 News reached out to the Cox campaign but did not hear back.

Another ad highlighted a pro-climate and energy efficiency message from an advocacy group.

In it, Dr. Matt Rahn of the Cal State San Marcos Wildlife Research Program spoke on behalf of the Brite Coalition. The ad says California is experiencing extreme weather events like never before and urges voters to take that into consideration before heading to the polls.

The Kern County Registrar’s deadline for candidates to register their candidacy for local elections is Friday, Aug. 10 at 5 p.m.

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