McClintock, Kennedy advance to general election for District 4 seat in Congress (UPDATED)
With 100% of precincts reporting in the race for California’s 4th congressional district, Republican incumbent Tom McClintock has won Tuesday’s primary election, and will face Democratic candidate Brynne Kennedy in November’s general election.
McClintock, 63, garnered 100,027 votes, while Kennedy, 35, pulled in 67,123 votes.
“I am deeply grateful to the people of California’s Gold Country and Sierra Nevada for their vote of confidence in yesterday’s primary election,” said McClintock in a statement. “Once again, they have spoken clearly for individual liberty, constitutionally limited government and secure borders. The voters of the Fourth District shine as a beacon of hope against the socialist policies that are destroying California and threatening our nation. I couldn’t be prouder to stand with them and to stand with the President as we continue our work to restore America’s prosperity, security and greatness.”
Republican Julianne Benzel finished third with 7,686 votes, Republican Jamie Byers finished with 3,262 votes, Republican Jacob Thomas had 3,042 votes, and independent Robert Lawton received 2,979 votes.
McClintock, who won his seat in 2008, has long been an advocate for lower taxes and minimal government regulations, in what he sees as efforts to boost the economy.
According to McClintock, tax cuts are producing bigger paychecks, better jobs, and “long overdue bonuses and raises for American families.”
“I want to continue that progress,” he said.
McClintock holds a firm stance against illegal immigration, and opposes proposals to decriminalize illegal immigration or cease deportations.
“Nations that cannot enforce their borders simply aren’t around very long,” he said. “This election will decide if that is to be America’s fate.”
Kennedy is the founder of Topia, a software company that allows businesses to deploy, manage, and engage employees anywhere in the world, and said she views health care costs, wildfire management, job creation, and bringing more federal tax dollars to the district as paramount issues.
“Tonight, the people of District 4 have sent a strong message about their desire for a new kind of politics,” said Kennedy in a statement. “November will be a choice between a successful businessperson who sets partisanship aside to put our community first, and a career politician who has repeatedly surrendered to the demands of party bosses and big moneyed, special interests. “
If elected, Kennedy said she would focus on bringing more funding to the district and creating a more efficient government. Another key issue Kennedy said she’ll work to tackle is partisanship.
“Our community is tired of Washington partisan politics,” said Kennedy. “I constantly hear from people, whether they’re Republicans or Democrats or non-party preference voters, that people are really fed up with the toxicity, and with the corruption, the special interests, and the partisanship that exists today.”
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