About a couple dozen volunteers huddled along Fil-Am congressional candidate TJ Cox, catching a glimpse at the primary results.
David Valadao, a three-term Republican incumbent is leading 63 to 36 percent — but Cox is confident that when voters get to know his track record. The numbers and the seat will eventually flip on November 6.
“There’s no suspense. What we know is we’re going to be there in November, and we’re going to give the hard-working families of the 21st Congressional a real choice that they want a representative that works for them who’s got a track record of success or someone that just gives them lip service,” says Cox.
The 21st district covers a large part of the San Joaquin Valley. It has been a Republican threshold since 1981.
The Valley has vast farmlands, but also many empty buildings — issues that the Northern California norm Cox wants to address.
“The poverty here is almost 50 percent the unemployment rate is twice the national average. And that’s the type of things I’ve been doing with my organization, creating jobs, creating health care access, affordable housing and clean energy and clean water.”
Cox is the son of two immigrants. His mother Perla De Castro migrated from the Philippines, while his father, who is mixed Chinese and European, also migrated from China.
He’s among several Filipino congressional candidates to advance to the November elections.
27-year old Kenneth Mejia of the green party is currently fighting for second place on the November ballot in California’s 34th district.
Republican Edwin Duterte finished in fourth place in the race for 43rd district in Los Angeles.
As Cox relaxed with his volunteers, the incumbent was reportedly in Washington DC with fellow lawmakers, Valadao released a statement saying it’s humbling to have the district’s confidence and support.
Now that the primaries are over, the heavy campaigning will begin — and will go beyond The 67-hundred square mile 21st district, between now and November TJ plans on holding events in other cities like Los Angeles.