SAN DIEGO (AP) — A Democratic newcomer who challenged indicted California Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter last year will run again for the seat in 2020.
Former Obama White House aide Ammar Campa-Najjar said Monday that he hopes to build off the success of his 2018 run for Congress. He said that California’s House District 50 deserves a full-time representative.
Hunter and his wife, Margaret Hunter, have pleaded not guilty to a 60-count indictment alleging they spent more than $250,000 in campaign finance funds on personal expenses.
Hunter beat Campa-Najjar in a bitterly fought race that had been considered a shoo-in for the incumbent before the indictment. The seat covers much of inland San Diego County.
Campa-Najjar received 48 percent of the vote.
A judge in California has scheduled a trial to start in September.