Dante Acosta and Steve Knight have been in office only a few months — Knight since Jan. 3 and Acosta since Dec. 5 — and the next election won’t be until Nov. 6, 2018. Yet, they already have opponents.
Christy Smith has announced she will again seek Acosta’s 38th state Assembly seat; and Katie Hill, executive director and deputy CEO of the non-profit PATH (People Assisting the Homeless), has stated her intent to challenge Knight in the 25th Congressional district.
“Why so early? The biggest thing is I am an unknown name,” Hill said. “It’s going to take me a lot of time to build up that name recognition.”
Hill said she expects the 25th to be one of the most hotly contested districts in the country, as it was in 2016 when Knight (R-Palmdale) defeated attorney Bryan Caforio by 16,300 votes and seven percentage points.
Hill said she has reached out to Caforio, and she hopes to talk to him next week. She also has reached out to Smith, who didn’t return numerous calls. Hill said Smith also declared early because “It’s a tough race and (she wants) to get going.”
Acosta defeated Smith by about 11,100 votes and five percentage points.
“I need to start fundraising right away,” Hill said. “I need every bit of the time and money to win it.”
Through a spokesperson, Acosta declined comment. “He’s focused on doing the job that the district elected him to do,” Chief of Staff David Creager said.
Knight political consultant Matt Rexroad said in a statement, “Last election Nancy Pelosi and the folks in Washington DC imported a Beverly Hills trial attorney. They wasted millions of dollars. We don’t know Ms. Hill but look forward to the upcoming election cycle.”