by Garrett Frisk
Back in April, Diamond Eye Candidate Report detailed the candidates running in California's 2024 U.S. House elections who had not yet received any media coverage. Since then, numerous other candidates have launched their campaigns in this state with 52 congressional districts. The following candidates have filed with the FEC and announced campaigns:
In the 6th congressional district, Republican Bret Daniels will take a second shot at Democrat Ami Bera. The vice mayor of the town of Citrus Heights, Daniels campaigned for this district in 2022 but finished third in the primary with 11.6% of the vote. In the first quarter of 2023, Daniels did not raise any money, but spent $511 and ended with $488 on hand. His campaign website can be found here. Another Republican, communications consultant Craig DeLuz, has also entered the race. After failed campaigns for Sacramento County supervisor and Sacramento City Council, DeLuz was elected to the Robla School District board in 2005 and served for 10 years, at one point becoming board president. He also mounted a failed bid for California State Assembly in 2010. His website can be found here.
In the 7th district, Republican Max Semenenko is back for another campaign against Democrat Doris Matsui. A realtor and real estate developer, Semenenko briefly served on the North Highlands Recreation and Park District Board in 2021 before mounting a campaign for this district in 2022. He advanced to the general election and took 31.7% of the vote. In the first quarter of 2023, Semenenko raised $300, spent $2,134, and ended with $8,499 on hand. His website can be found here. It is unclear if Semenenko has officially announced his 2024 campaign, but he is still making Facebook posts with the hashtags "#maxsemenenkoforcongress" and "#vote", so it is safe to assume he is running.
In the 10th district, incumbent Democrat Mark DeSaulnier announced he would run for re-election in 2024. After serving in both houses of the California State Legislature and as a Contra Costa County supervisor, DeSaulnier ran for the 11th congressional district in 2014 to replace retiring Democrat George Miller. DeSaulnier faced no serious Democratic opposition in the primary and took 67.3% of the vote against Republican Tue Pham, a former San Francisco Immigration Court judge, in the general election. Redistricting moved him to the 10th district in 2021, and in 2022 he defeated Green Party candidate Michael Kerr with 78.9% of the vote. In the first quarter of 2023, DeSaulnier raised $87,994, spent $31,519, and ended with $631,838 on hand. His website can be found here.
In the 12th district, psychologist and social worker Denard Ingram is running to replace Democrat Barbara Lee, who is running for U.S. Senate. The Democrat initially said he'd run for Senate in 2024, but later decided to run for House instead. Ingram's website can be found here.
In the 18th district, Republican Peter Hernandez is back for another try against Democrat Zoe Lofgren. A former member and chairman of the San Benito County Board of Supervisors, Hernandez ran for this district in 2022 and took 34.2% of the vote in the general election. In the first quarter of 2023, Hernandez raised $725, spent $711, and ended with $2,312 on hand. His website can be found here. There is also a Democrat in the race, IT consultant Luele Kifle. Kifle's website can be found here.
In the 20th district, meteorologist and community activist Ben Dewell will once again challenge House Speaker Kevin McCarthy. Dewell, who calls himself an "Independent Democrat," ran for this district in 2022 and finished third in the primary with 7.3% of the vote. He has confirmed that he will run again in 2024. Dewell ended the first quarter of 2023 with $563 on hand, raising $1 and spending no money. His website can be found here.
In the 29th district, Angélica Dueñas will run against Democrat Tony Cárdenas for the fourth straight time. After finishing fourth in the 2018 jungle primary as a Green Party candidate, Dueñas came back as a Democrat in 2020 and reached the general election, taking 43.4% of the vote against Cárdenas. In the 2022 general election, a rematch of the 2020 election, Dueñas took only 41.5%. A community activist, Dueñas has served on the Sun Valley neighborhood council and the Los Angeles Democratic County Central Committee. In the first quarter of 2023, Dueñas raised $2,086, spent $2,034, and ended with $5,885 on hand. Her website can be found here. It is unclear if she has officially announced her 2024 candidacy, but she posted an announcement for a Twitter Space in April that includes "Congressional Candidate CA-29" under her name.
In the 40th district, incumbent Republican Young Kim is seeking another term, and has launched a WinRed page asking for help "to protect my district in 2024." Kim, who served one term in the State Assembly before losing re-election in 2016, originally ran for Congress in 2018. In the general election, initial counts seemed to show that she had defeated Democrat Gil Cisneros; a now-infamous Reddit post made the day after the election showed a photo of Kim and said "last night, she was elected as the first Korean-American Congresswoman," gaining over 67 thousand upvotes. But as more ballots were counted, Cisneros closed the gap, leading to allegations of election tampering from both sides. In the end, Cisneros clinched a narrow victory. Kim had the last laugh, though; she came back in 2020 and unseated Cisneros, going on to win a second term in 2022 with 56.8% of the vote. In the first quarter of 2023, Kim raised $845,236 for her re-election bid, spending $342,099 and ending with $902,615 on hand. Her website can be found here.
Meanwhile, 2022 candidate Brian Hawkins is switching both his district and his party. In 2022, Hawkins ran for the 25th district as a Republican, taking 39.4% of the vote against Democrat Raul Ruiz in the general election. However, Hawkins has since undergone a change of heart (and, apparently, location), as he is now running for the 41st district as a Democrat, challenging incumbent Republican Ken Calvert. Hawkins does not seem to have formally announced his campaign, but the homepage of his website reads "Join the Movement 2024."
In the 47th district, outpatient surgery company CEO Julia Hashemieh has joined the race to succeed Democrat Katie Porter, who is running for U.S. Senate. The Republican does not seem to have launched a campaign website yet, but she does have an Anedot fundraising page. In the first quarter of 2023, Hashemieh raised $18,274 and spent none of it, leaving her with $18,274 on hand.
Finally, in the 49th district, IT businesswoman Sheryl Adams is taking on incumbent Democrat Mike Levin. A Republican, Adams has served as a panelist for the Congressional Smart Cities Caucus. Her campaign website can be found here.