The unofficial Open Primary results in the new 26th District Congressional race show Independent Candidate Linda Parks in third place.Parks, who will remain a County Supervisor, was accused of being a right wing Republican by Assembly Member Julia Brownley.Brownley came in second behind Republican State Senator Tony Strickland.The candidate and her supporters celebrated at the Democratic Campaign Headquarters in Camarillo. Brownley issued a statement saying, ” Its been a very tough race and I congratulate all of the candidates. In the general election we believe the newly Democratic District will see through Tony Strickland’s attempts to position himself as a moderate. But it is very clear he will continue his extreme right wing record as someone who supports privatising social security and denying women the right to choose and making the Bush tax cuts on the wealthy permanent . Although she has represented a large portion of Ventura County in the Assembly, Brownley has been criticized for moving to the county right before announcing her candidacy.Strickland did not mention Brownley by name on election night but he repeatedly said he grew up in the district that he has represented in State Legislature and added that’s where he intends to raise his young son, Tiny Tony. and daughter, Ruby Ruth.Strickland celebrated with his wife, parents and supporters in a downstairs ballroom at the Crown Plaza in Ventura.The Republican told the crowd he had just visited Naval Base Ventura County where he talked about the importance of preserving military jobs and the opportunities he grew up with.Strickland credited his father, a military veteran, for his determination. Strickland says his home was called, “Strict Land, ” when he was a kid because his dad would ground him for a week for every minute he was late. The Strickland / Brownley race could be a close one in November due to the new district lines.The new 26th District includes Westlake Village and most of Ventura County with the exception of a large portion of Simi Valley and a coastal portion of Ventura.
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