Fourth Republican enters race to succeed Rep. Darrell Issa
Another Republican has entered the race to fill Rep. Darrell Issa’s seat in Congress, the latest to join a growing fray to win a rare open seat.
San Juan Capistrano City Councilman Brian Maryott announced his candidacy Wednesday morning, joining three other Republican candidates.
“Once you are in public service, you strive to make the biggest impact you can,” he said by telephone.
A certified financial planner who left Wells Fargo as a senior vice president and a regional manager last week - he was holding his retirement party shortly after announcing his campaign - he said he has the corporate experience to end congressional stalemates.
Assemblyman Rocky Chavez, R-Oceanside, Board of Equalization Member Diane Harkey and patent attorney Joshua Schoonover declared their candidacies after Issa, R-Vista, announced last week that he would not seek re-election. All are Republicans.
Attorneys Doug Applegate and Mike Levin are running as Democrats, as is real estate investor Paul Kerr and former non-profit director Sara Jacobs.
Maryott, who is 55, was elected to the San Juan City Council in 2016 after campaigning on community issues like traffic, an influx of sober-living homes, water, and the city’s budget. He self-financed his council campaign, but said he will raise money for his congressional race and will spend more than $100,000 of his own money.
He said he wants to overhaul the immigration system and social services and that Congress needs to do more to support President Donald Trump.
“I think it’s important for our party and our Congress, whose No. 1 job is the defense of the American people and the safety of the American people, to get behind him,” Maryott said.
In 2016 the districts’ voters largely voted against Trump, who received 43.2 percent of the vote while former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton received 50.7 percent.
“I’m not doing any polling, and I am not putting a finger up in the wind, and I am not looking at any past election results,” Maryott said. “We’ll let them decide this particular year, this particular election, what matters to them.”
Republicans have about a 6-point voter registration advantage in the district, an area that runs from La Jolla in San Diego to Dana Point in Orange County, and the seat has been under focus by both major parties after Issa won re-election in 2016 by defeating Applegate by 1,621 votes, the smallest margin of any federal race in the country. The top two candidates in June’s primary, regardless of their partisan registration, will advance to the general election.