The incumbent defeated by Rep. Katie Hill (D-Calif.) in the 2018 midterms said he might run for the seat vacated by Hill this week.
Hill, 32, announced her resignation on Sunday, after the House Ethics Committee opened an investigation based on accusations she had an affair with a congressional staffer in addition to the admitted affair she had with a campaign aide she later paid consulting fees to.
Steve Knight, 52, who held the seat for two terms before losing to Hill, said hed make an official announcement soon.
“Its a very interesting situation, and we need representation here,” Knight, a Republican, told The Signal. “It looks like theres going to be that special election, and we need to have a representative there so we can have our voice in Congress.”
Asked if he was mulling a run, Knight said, “Yes, Im absolutely considering that. Lets say Im more than considering that.”
“Were trying to get our ducks in a row and see what our support level is,” he said.
Knight said in a statement to supporters on Facebook: “After serving my community and country for nearly three decades, I will always answer the call when needed. At this point, we are entering uncharted waters. I am looking to run and am thankful for all the calls encouraging me to return to Congress.”
Hill has not yet announced when shell resign. When she does, California Gov. Gavin Newsom, has 14 days to set the date for a special election, which must take place between 126 days and 140 days from when he announces the date. However, if the special general election can be placed on the same day as an already-scheduled election, the end of the window can be extended from 140 days to 180 days, according to California Target Book research director Rob Pyers.
He said Newsom could end up scheduling the special election for March 3, alongside the statewide presidential primary election.
Lancaster City Councilmember Angela Underwood Jacobs and former Navy fighter pilot Mike Garcia, both Republicans, had already announced campaigns for the seat.
Possible scenario, Gov Newsom waits until Thursday, Nov 7th to issue a proclamation. The special election runoff would take place 180 days later on May 5th, with the special election primary taking place 9 Tuesdays earlier on March 3rd alongside the statewide Presidential Primary