Fresno Democrat Jim Costa to run for re-election

03/10/2014 9:54 PM

03/10/2014 11:36 PM

As expected, Rep. Jim Costa, D-Fresno, has announced his intention to run for another term for the 16th Congressional District seat.

The congressman made the announcement Monday in Merced near the steps of the Courthouse Museum, where about three dozen people gathered.

Costa’s speech covered several topics, including investing in area transportation, providing water to the region and making education more accessible. “We’re living off of the investments our parents and grandparents made generations ago,” Costa said. “We’ve got to do the same kind of investments.”

He has held the seat in Congress since 2004.

During his speech, Costa touted his lifelong residency in the Central Valley and his connection to farmers. He grew up on a dairy farm in the Fresno area.

Costa asked the crowd, which included some elected officials from areas of Merced County, to join with him in his campaign for re-election. “Together we have made a difference, and together we will continue to make a difference,” he said.

The 16th Congressional District includes all of Merced County. Costa is being challenged by Johnny Tacherra, Joanna Garcia-Botelho, Mel Levey, Job Melton and Steve Crass.

A candidate must receive more than 50 percent of the vote to win in the June 3 primary. Otherwise, candidates will go to a runoff election on Nov. 4.

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