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Possibility of special election adds urgency to 2018 race

East County News Service

May 1, 2017 (San Marcos) – Around 300 voters in California’s 50th Congressional district, which includes most of East County, will get an early look at seven potential 2018 challengers for the seat, currently held by Rep. Duncan D. Hunter.

Hunter is under criminal investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice for rampant misuse of campaign funds for personal expenses. The possibility of an indictment and special election have generated high interest in the sold-out Voter’s Town Hall on May 6th from 1-3 p.m. in the San Marcos Community Center, organized by Hunter’s constituents, to preview every announced and expected candidate in the race.

 Results of an instant straw poll will be shared with the candidates, media and public at the close of the event.

The seven Democrats are:

Hannah Gbeh, Environmental Scientist, Jamul

Glenn Jensen, Businessman, El Cajon

Pierre “Pete” Beauregard, Activist, Ramona

Patrick Malloy, Realtor, Escondido

Gloria Chadwick, Registered Nurse, East County

Josh Butner, Retired Navy SEAL, Jamul

Ammar Campa-Najjar, Business Owner, East County

Radio host Tommy Hough, President of San Diego County Democrats for Environmental Action, will moderate the event.

Each candidate will share positions on immigration, health care, the environment and education. Front-runners, as determined by a straw poll, will be invited to future voter forums. A Crowdpac campaign has raised $1400 in pledges for Rep. Hunter’s eventual Democratic challenger.

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