Cardoza receives approval as write-in candidate for 20th District race

An official announcement from the Secretary of State’s Office will come next week.

The race to succeed Speaker Emeritus Kevin McCarthy in Congressional District 20 just got a little more crowded. 

Wednesday, James Cardoza announced that he received confirmation from the Secretary of State’s Office that he will qualify as a write-in candidate. 


The big picture: Cardoza, who is already on the ballot for the March 19 special election to serve out the remainder of McCarthy’s term this year, announced that he has received sufficient petition signatures to be a write-in candidate. 

  • The Secretary of State’s Office will release the write-in candidate list on Feb. 23. 
  • Cardoza is running as an independent and views himself as a fiscal conservative and social moderate, per a statement. 
  • He has worked as the Vice President and Agribusiness Consultant for Wells Fargo, a commercial real estate paralegal, a real estate broker, among other jobs. 

What they’re saying: Cardoza said he received the news after leaving the World Ag Expo on Wednesday while sitting in the parking lot of Mefford Field Airport, where he shared memories with his late grandfather, Bob Wasnick. 

  • “”What better way to finish off my Valentine’s day than to get the news of something that I think would have made him really proud of me – running for public office, and assuming I am elected for both the 2024 term and the 2025-2026 term despite being a bit of an underdog in both races, doing my part to fix government bureaucracy.” 
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