by Garrett Frisk
California has the most congressional districts of any state, with 52. With so many House races to cover, news outlets tend to focus on major candidates, and there are numerous candidates who filed with the FEC and are actively campaigning but haven't received any news coverage. Here is a list of the candidates for U.S. House in California who don't seem to have been covered by other sources:
In the 5th congressional district, attorney and accountant Mike Barkley is back for another run against Republican Tom McClintock. The Democrat has run for Congress numerous times, but 2022 was the first time he reached the general election, polling 39.9% of the vote against McClintock. His campaign website can be found here, but he says he no longer has access to that page, and this is instead his main website. Barkley said on Facebook that he would drop out of the race if another Democrat won the approval of the county committees in the district. There is another Democrat in the race, college professor Jason Kassel, but he does not seem to have a good relationship with Democratic county committees. Kassel's website can be found here.
In the 6th district, realtor Chris Bish will once again vie to be the Republican standard-bearer against Democrat Ami Bera. Bish ran for this district in 2022, but finished fourth in the primary. She also ran for the previous iteration of the 6th district in 2020, back when the incumbent was Doris Matsui; in that race, she reached the general election and took 26.7% of the vote. Bish's website can be found here.
In the 8th district, businessman Rudy Recile is mounting a second campaign against Democrat John Garamendi. Recile, a Republican, ran for this district in 2022 and advanced to the general election, taking 25.5% of the vote. His website can be found here.
Not every candidate is a repeat challenger. In the 9th district, pastor Brett Dood is making what appears to be his first run for Congress, seeking to unseat incumbent Democrat Josh Harder. Republicans heavily targeted this district in 2022, but Harder surprised many by taking over 54% of the vote in the general election. Republicans still included Harder on their initial list of House targets, but Democrats left him off their list of vulnerable Democratic incumbents. Dood may find himself the Republican standard-bearer if his party is not able to field a more high-profile candidate. His website can be found here.
In the 13th district, public health educator Angelina Sigala is challenging freshman Republican John Duarte. A Democrat, Sigala ran for this district in 2022 but did not appear on the primary ballot. Her website can be found here.
In the 25th district, businesswoman Ceci Truman is back for a second run against Democrat Raul Ruiz. In her 2022 campaign for this district, Truman finished sixth in the primary with 1.9% of the vote. Her website can be found here.
In the 28th district, activist Kerry Lewis is challenging incumbent Democrat Judy Chu. This appears to be his first campaign for public office. Lewis's campaign website appears to be down, but his Polywork page can be found here.
Meanwhile, in the 48th district, nurse Stephen Houlahan is taking a second shot at Republican Darrell Issa. When he ran for this district in 2022, Houlahan advanced to the general election and took 39.9% of the vote. The Democrat previously served as a city councilor in the suburban town of Santee, located in San Diego County. His website can be found here.
Finally, in the 51st district, businessman Stan Caplan wants a rematch with Democrat Sara Jacobs. In 2022, Caplan ran for this district and took 41.0% of the vote against Jacobs in the general election. His website can be found here.