Crowded field for newly defined congressional districts in Monterey County – Monterey Herald

SALINAS – Monterey County voters will decide who will lead two newly defined congressional districts in the June 2022 primary election with what was once District 20 led by Rep. Jimmy Panetta, D-Carmel Valley now made up of Districts 18 and 19 .

District 18, which covers an area from San Jose to southern Monterey County, will see incumbents Zoe Lofgren, D-San Jose, Luis Acevedo-Arreguin, I-Castroville and Peter Hernandez, R-Hollister, run for office. .

District 19 covers an area beginning north of Santa Cruz inland to San Jose then south along the coast including the Monterey Peninsula, Big Sur area and north of San Luis Obispo County, including Paso Robles and Atascadero. In this race, incumbents Panetta, Douglas Deitch, D-Aptos, Dalila Epperson, R-Monterey and Jeff Gorman, R-Monterey.

Redrawing of district boundaries occurs every 10 years after the census so that each district is as fair as possible in terms of population, party affiliation, and compliance with federal voting rights law. California district boundaries are established by an independent 14-member commission.

The 18th Congressional District Race

Lofgren has been a member of the United States House of Representatives for 27 years, currently representing the 19th District. She is a lifelong Bay Area resident, a graduate of Stanford University and Santa Clara University School of Law. She currently serves on the House Judiciary Committee, the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, and the House Administration Committee. Lofgren is chair of the Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship and a former immigration lawyer and professor of immigration law.

Acevedo-Arreguin immigrated to the United States in the late 1990s and resides in Castroville. He worked as a GED teacher in English and Spanish at Hartnell College, as well as an ESL teacher and US citizenship instructor. He taught statistics, algebra, and pre-calculus at Monterey Peninsula College, worked for the high school equivalency program at CSU Monterey Bay, and is an advocate for DACA helping members of the Indigenous community learn an education to obtain legal status to work temporarily in the United States.

Hernandez is a first-generation Mexican-American immigrant, business owner, and longtime resident of San Benito County. He served on the Hollister School District Board and is currently serving his first term on the San Benito County Board of Supervisors. As a member of the Board of Supervisors, a partnership with the City of Hollister resulted in the downtown revitalization project and a lease agreement with San Benito High School for the construction of Riverview Regional Park.

The 19th Congressional District Race

Panetta has represented the current 20th congressional district since 2017 and grew up on the Monterey Peninsula. He worked as a prosecutor for the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office in Oakland, as an assistant district attorney in Monterey County, and in the U.S. military with a special operations task force in Afghanistan. He received the Bronze Star for his service. He currently serves on the House Committee on Ways and Means, the House Committee on Agriculture, and the House Committee on Armed Services.

Deitch grew up in California and lives in Aptos. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and a law degree from Stanford University School of Law. He is the founder and CEO of Monterey Bay Conservancy and has many concerns regarding Monterey Bay regional water issues, disasters and food security, DACA and other immigration and safety laws, among others. .

Epperson lived overseas and in other U.S. states before moving to Monterey in 2016. Her work experience includes working as a nurse at a mental detention facility for the institutional insane. She was a business owner and operator and, now retired, leads the grassroots group Act Monterey Bay which supports other organizations such as Monterey Bay Patriots, Latinos for Medical Freedom and Election Integrity Project.

Gorman is from Monterey and earned a bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley. He is a financial businessman and entrepreneur who holds two degrees and various security licenses.

Denise W. Whigham