Primary voters will narrow the list of candidates for U.S. Senate in California down to two finalists in March.
It's a long list, which features some prominent Democrats with sizeable war chests made up of millions of dollars. There are also some Republicans in the race, including Coachella Valley resident and former Los Angeles Dodgers legend Steve Garvey.
TV journalist Christina Pascucci, whose Emmy award-winning career as a reporter and anchor taken her across the globe to tell countless stories, has become the latest Democratic candidate to enter a crowded field vying to fill the seat of the late Senator Dianne Feinstein.
“I was looking at how the race was shaping up and who our best options were. I felt dismayed by it. I wanted to step up and step in. I felt it was really important because our Democracy is at stake," said Pascucci.
Pascucci said she is passionate about homelessness, mental health, and education. When asked about her stance on abortion, Pascucci replied, “I feel that the government shouldn’t be involved with a woman’s right to choose.”
California Representatives Adam Schiff (D-CA 30) and Katie Porter (D-CA 47) are two of the big names Pascucci is competing against.
A Berkeley IGS poll released last month showed Schiff leading the pack, with 20% support among likely voters. Porter followed with 17% support, just ahead of Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA 12) with 7%.
On the Republican side, Steve Garvey and businessman James Bradley both led with 7% support. California has not elected a Republican senator in more than three decades.