Among the Republicans are state Assemblyman K.H. “Katcho” Achadjian of San Luis Obispo and Justin Fareed, a 28-year-old former Capitol Hill staffer who works for his family’s sports medical devices company and has raised more than $1 million.

California congressional races to watch Tuesday

By Sarah D. Wire / Posted on June 6 / LA Times

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Taking a chance on an opening

California has four congressional seats without an incumbent this year, including three that were held by the same person for decades.

Seeing what might be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, more than a half-dozen people are seeking each seat.

The 24th District, now represented by Democratic Rep. Lois Capps (D-Santa Barbara), has drawn nine candidates to succeed her.

Among the Republicans are state Assemblyman K.H. “Katcho” Achadjian of San Luis Obispo and Justin Fareed, a 28-year-old former Capitol Hill staffer who works for his family’s sports medical devices company and has raised more than $1 million.

Democrats include Santa Barbara County Supervisor Salud Carbajal, whom Capps has endorsed, and Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider, whom Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom has endorsed.

The district spans nearly 200 miles of coast from Ventura to Ragged Point, north of San Luis Obispo, and runs inland to the Temblor Range at the edge of the San Joaquin Valley and south to Los Padres National Forest. It’s made up of a mix of coastal liberals, college students and conservative inland ranchers and farmers.

In 2014, Republican Chris Mitchum, who is not running this year, came within four points of ousting Capps from the seat she has held since 1998.