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Former Assemblymember Nicole M. Parra – the second Latina to win an Assembly seat in the San Joaquín Valley in 2002 when she squeezed past Republican opponent Dean Gardner by 266 votes – announced Friday afternoon that she will run for the 21st Congressional District.

The district will be represented in the new Congress by Republican David Valadao, who took back the seat from Democratic incumbent TJ Cox in the November election.

Redistricting will likely result in a different look to the district, which stretches from Fresno to Bakersfield and is currently 72% Latino.

Today, I am announcing I am running for Congress (21st Congressional District). I will be making a formal announcement in January with my family and supporters, pending updated Covid-19 protocols for the San Joaquín Valley,” Parra, 50, posted on her Facebook page.

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