After nearly winning the seat in 2016, falling short by just over 6.5 percent of the vote, Fareed said district residents had encouraged him to run in 2018 against Carbajal, whom he called an “ineffective career politician.”

Fareed said he raised more than $200,000 in contributions toward a campaign in less than a month from both previous and new supporters.

In the 2016 election, Fareed said the race was not about Republicans vs. Democrats but about changing the status quo and getting Congress working for the people.

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