Finally, some closure to what had been a close race for California’s 21st congressional district.
Despite election night projections by major outlets, TJ Cox waited patiently for each vote to be counted, ultimately leading to a narrow victory — and now the ousted incumbent has conceded.
Cox announced on social media Thursday afternoon that Republican congressman David Valadao had called him to concede.
Valadao, who has served the past six years in office said in a statement that he was disappointed in the results, but takes pride in knowing that he and his supporters had brought about real, tangible change in the district.
Cox added that he is thankful for Valadao’s six years of service, and will work together with the outgoing Congressman to ensure a smooth transition.
Cox also released a video after his announcement.
“I made a very simple promise, that I will never forget. I promised I will never forget that I work for you,” he said.
BA also received the following press release statement from Team Cox.
Representative-Elect TJ Cox Thanks Congressman Valadao for Service
SELMA – Today, TJ Cox, Representative-Elect for the 21st Congressional District, thanked Congressman David Valadao for his service after Valadao called to concede the election:
“I thanked Congressman Valadao and his family for their service to our country and our communities during the past six years. As the Congressman knows well, it is a great honor to be chosen to represent the people of the 21stDistrict in the House of Representatives. We will work together to ensure a smooth transition for our constituents. I’m looking forward to getting to work on making a positive difference in the lives of our hard-working families.”
Now that the four counties in California’s 21st Congressional District have finished counting ballots, Mr. Cox leads by 862 votes.
TJ Cox is the Representative-Elect for California’s 21st Congressional District. He is a family man, engineer and small businessman with a passion for community development. TJ is married to Kathleen Murphy, MD, a pediatric intensive care physician. They are the proud parents of four children.