Congresswoman Lois Capps to face Republican Chris Mitchum in November
By Randol White
Representative Lois Capps’ 24th District congressional seat serves all of San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties and had a wide range of challengers on this year’s primary ballot with eight different people, including Republicans, Democrats and one Independent.
Capps has held the seat since 1998, taking over for her late husband who held it prior to her.
As of Wednesday morning, Capps took in the highest number of votes on Tuesday with 44.5 percent. Her challenger this November will be Republican Chris Mitchum who garnered 15.6 percent of the vote.
When contacted following the elections returns, the congresswoman was quick to congratulate her opponent, and then got right into her priorities for when she returns to Washington.
“I know one thing we need to do that’s unfinished business in Congress is to pass comprehensive immigration reform, and then I’m mindful of the fact that we have an opportunity now to give voice to the tragedy in Isla Vista,” said Capps. “We can do that by continuing to push for sensible gun safety measures as well as more funding for mental health programs.”
Republican Justin Fareed came in third place with 14.7 percent, followed by Dale Francisco (12 percent) and Bradley Allen (6.4 percent).