Your guide to California’s Congressional District 26 race: Rep. Julia Brownley vs. Matt Jacobs
Julia Brownley is campaigning for a seat in the U.S. Congress. Her campaign has been endorsed by the California Democratic Party and the Asian American Democratic Forum.
Julia Brownley and Matt Jacobs. Image: Courtesy of the Brownley campaign.
By Mike Dangiali
Originally published on April 1, 2016
By Mike Dangiali
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Rep. Julia Brownley. Image: Courtesy of the Brownley campaign.
Courtesy of the Brownley campaign.
I’ve covered a lot of congressional districts in California over the past eight years and — like most reporters — I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about which congressional districts make our country more or less competitive in our nation’s capital.
Rep. Julia Brownley’s district, the 40th, is certainly no exception to the rule. To be competitive in Washington, a district can’t be more than 40 percent Latino or Asian. The 40th is one of California’s more competitive districts. It includes Pasadena and several wealthy, Latino areas.
The 40th is also a pretty close-knit community. It’s very friendly, so when you’re at a Democratic event, you won’t be very far from an Iowan, for example, who you’ve probably been introduced to by your neighbor. It’s a district that Democrats hope to win in a big way in this November’s midterm elections.
So which candidate is ahead in the most recent polls? And which has the best chance — yet — of ending up with the seat? There are plenty of candidates in close races around the country this year.
It’s not a simple choice between two candidates. It’s a battle between two candidates that have radically different political visions for the district.
Brownley’s campaign has been endorsed by the California Democratic Party and the Asian American