• CA-26,  Tom Del Beccaro,  Tony Strickland

    CA-26: California Republican Party Chairman Tom Del Beccaro Endorses Tony Strickland for Congress

    Tom Del Beccaro

    In year’s past, this pre-primary election endorsement would never have occurred. But, under California Proposition 14’s Top Two system, this is allowed.

    California Republican Party Chairman Tom Del Beccaro announced Wednesday his endorsement of state Sen. Tony Strickland in the campaign for California’s newly drawn 26th Congressional District.

    “I’ve known Tony for a long time, and there is no one who can represent this community better than him,” Del Beccaro said. “He has a distinguished record of service to Ventura County families and will make a fantastic representative in Congress. We desperately need more people in Washington, D.C., willing to stand up for fiscal discipline and our shared values. I’m proud to endorse Tony Strickland for Congress.”

    Del Beccaro’s endorsement of Strickland is his first of the election cycle.

    “I’m humbled and grateful to have the support of Chairman Del Beccaro in this race,” Strickland said. “He’s been a tremendous advocate for responsible fiscal policy and a fantastic chairman.”

    So far, California State Senator Tony Strickland is the ONLY “declared” Republican in the field for the California Congressional District 26 which is primarily in Ventura County. Ventura County Supervisor Linda Parks of Thousand Oaks is a registered Republican but has said she may run as an independent ballot designation.

    There are five other presumed candidates in this race – all of the remainder are Democrats: Ventura County Supervisor Steve Bennett, Oxnard Harbor District Commissioner Jess Herrera, Moorpark City Councilman David Pollock, retired longshoreman Zeke Ruelas of Oxnard and businessman David Cruz Thayne of Westlake Village.