What happened to the Republicans and Nick Popaditch for Congress? After a strong showing in the Valley and promising that he would be back, he turns his back on the Valley and decides to run for the 53rd Congressional District? Is this true? What happened to the Republicans in the Valley? — Sad GOP, El Centro
In congressional elections, there is no such thing as an early announcement, because it’s all about getting a name out there.
We’re not sure what happened to the Republicans in the Imperial Valley with the 51st District race. We haven’t heard anything, but that doesn’t mean someone is not gearing up to run.
The official filing period for signatures in lieu of filing fees opened in December and closes Feb. 23. The filing period for statement of candidacy papers opens Feb. 13 and closes March 9.
So far, the only names out there for any serious consideration are Democrats Denise Moreno Ducheny, who will be walking neighborhoods in Imperial County on Saturday, and state Sen. Juan Vargas, who is the only one to take out signature in lieu of forms. He has not returned them yet.
All will be looking to fill the seat that will be left vacant by U.S. Rep. Bob Filner, D-Chula Vista, who is running for mayor of San Diego.
During the 2010 election, Nick Popaditch, a former U.S. Marine gunnery sergeant who was medically retired from duty, was the only Republican we can ever remember who posed a serious threat to Filner.
He had a lot of fans around these parts, especially as the ultra conservative Tea Party movement began to take hold around the country and locally.
Popaditch has not turned his back on his friends and supporters in Imperial County.
With redistricting as a result of the U.S. Census in late 2010, Popaditch’s home in Chula Vista was put in the 53rd District, now held by a Democrat.
Popaditch apparently just announced his intention to run Tuesday.
He plans to go to Washington to do the right thing and bring ethics back to Congress, “and I think this in turn will serve all the people, not just the 53rd,” said Al Provencio, media and press liaison for Popaditch’s campaign. “That in itself will represent more than just the 53rd.”