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VC Reporter: June 7 Election Spotlight—Redistricting Shakes Up Congressional Races in Dist. 24, 26 

May 25, 2022

Voters across portions of Ventura County will be represented by different congressmembers than they have in recent years due to redistricting based on the 2020 census. 

In the race for the 26th congressional district, Democrat Julia Brownley of Westlake Village is seeking to represent voters in parts of Simi Valley who were not previously in her congressional district.

Brownley was first elected to Congress in 2012 and is running against Republicans Matt Jacobs and Paul Nathan Taylor and Dave Goodman, an independent. A third Republican candidate, Fadde Mikhail, is also on the ballot but has reportedly suspended his campaign.

Matt Jacobs of Thousand Oaks is a former federal prosecutor running for office for the first time, and believes the addition of Simi Valley to the 26th Congressional District gives him a realistic chance of defeating Brownley.

He described himself as a proud American who wants to give everyone the “freedom to realize their American dream” and believes the country is moving in the wrong direction under Democratic leadership.

Jacobs said he feels his message is resonating with voters.

“I’m focusing on issues that people in the community care about. I’m talking about inflation and record-high gas and food prices, safe neighborhoods, and schools that teach kids how to think, not what to think,” he said.

Read the full article in the VC Reporter here.