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George Whitesides announces challenge to Rep. Mike Garcia


Former Virgin Galactic CEO

Former Virgin Galactic CEO George Whitesides pulled candidate nomination papers Friday for the 27th Congressional District in the March 5 presidential primary.

Whitesides, a Democrat, will try to unseat Republican Rep. Mike Garcia, who is running for a third term in Congress. Garcia filed his candidate nomination papers Friday, according to the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk.

Democrat Steve Hill filed his candidate nomination papers for the seat on Nov. 17.

The top two candidates from the March 5 primary will advance to the Nov. 5 general election.

As of Dec. 1, the race for the 34th Assembly District has two candidates: incumbent Republican Tom Lackey, who has represented the district since 2014, and Democratic challenger Ricardo Ortega, a Los Angeles County Youth Commissioner.

The 34th District covers Kern, Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties.