Politics

Conway launches bid in Nunes replacement election

Connie Conway, the former Republican leader in the Assembly, has filed to run for the congressional seat vacated by Devin Nunes.

“I felt compelled at the urging of many friends to jump into the race. I love where I live. Congressman Nunes’ district has been my heart and my home for a long time. I would love to be able to finish the term for the congressman with stability, with dignity, and my full focus of attention until the very last day,” Conway said.

Conway said she will just run for the short-term seat.

“I sometimes wish that we could have civil conversations (with the other side of the aisle) about places of interest rather than fights. But I’m a solid vote for the district. Solid vote for the leader (Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield) and what’s important to him. And I believe that I am best suited to finish out this term,” Conway said.

Voters in the 22nd Congressional District will decide April 5 who will fill the remainder of the term through Jan. 3, 2023. Nunes resigned on Jan. 1 to head former President Donald Trump’s media and technology firm.

Conway, now living in Tulare, represented the South Valley in Sacramento from 2008-2014, where she served as Minority Leader. She recently held a post in the Trump administration as the USDA State Executive Director, Farm Service Agency. She also runs her own consulting firm.

Fresno County Supervisors Nathan Magsig, R-Clovis, seemingly has the head start on the special election. He announced raising $142,000 in three weeks in December. He also rolled out endorsements from Tulare County Sheriff Mike Boudreaux and three members of the Tulare County Board of Supervisors.

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Staff reports from The San Joaquin Valley Sun staff.