Over the weekend, we penned a blog snippet indicating that Yorba Linda City Councilwoman Peggy Huang (R) was thinking of declaring her congressional candidacy. Yesterday she in fact filed a federal candidate committee with the governing authority, but not for the district in which most believed she would run.
Because Yorba Linda lies wholly within the 39th Congressional District that freshman Rep. Gil Cisneros (D-Yorba Linda) represents, it was presumed that Ms. Huang would run there. This is not the case, as she has now filed her committee for the neighboring Orange County 45th District of freshman Rep. Katie Porter (D-Irvine). In November, Ms. Porter unseated Rep. Mimi Walters (R-Irvine).
The move also suggests that 2018 nominee Young Kim, a former state Assemblywoman who lost 52-48% to Mr. Cisneros, is likely seriously considering a re-match. If both run, the Republicans would be fielding strong Asian candidates in two districts with sizable Asian populations and remain politically volatile.
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