Former Murrieta commissioner and nonprofit founder Dr. Eva Johnson, a resident of Wildomar, has announced her candidacy for the U.S. House of Representatives for the 42nd California District. Following is a news release issued by Johnson, a Republican:
"It is with great pleasure that I announce my candidacy for the California 42nd District House of Representatives. I have lived in the district for the past 14 years. In 2004, I formed Mentoring Today for Tomorrow Inc., an after-school program located in Riverside County for at-risk youth ages 9-18, while pursuing my doctorate in Public Administration from the University of La Verne. My published research addresses issues within the California Foster Care system."I am a U.S. Army Veteran. I served the community of Murrieta as Commissioner on the Community Steering Committee, and have also served as a Division 3 Director on the Western Municipal Water District Advisory Board for the City of Murrieta. I am running because I believe in the U.S. Constitution, individual property rights, the free-market, state sovereignty, veteran rights, and limited government. I look forward to serving the people of the 42nd District. Drevajohnsonforcongress2012.com."
The newly redrawn 42nd District includes Murrieta, Menifee, Wildomar, Lake Elsinore, Canyon Lake, Eastvale, Norco, Corona, a portion of Temecula and eight unincorporated communities.
As of Friday, candidates for the 42nd congressional seat who had pulled papers from the Riverside County Registrar of Voters office include incumbent Ken Calvert, R-Corona, Curt Novak, no party preference, of Corona, Thomas V. Iannitti, D-Murrieta, Brian Colla, R-Chino Hills, Michael Williamson, D-Mission Viejo, and Clifford J. Smith, D-Riverside.
Candidates have until March 9 to return their paperwork to the Registrar's Office in order to qualify for the June 5 primary election.
Editor's Note: This article was updated at 5:35 p.m. Feb. 22 with the correct news release from Dr. Eva Johnson. The previous news release was sent in error from her campaign committee.