Republican John C. Goya, an executive for a local medical firm, has announced plans to run for the 70th Assembly District, which includes Long Beach, San Pedro, Signal Hill and Catalina Island.
Goya, 54, of Long Beach, is chief operating officer for the West Ocean Medical Group, a Long Beach-based company that provides treatment for industrial injuries and Medicare patients. The clinics specialize in orthopedics and neurosurgery.
Goya announced his candidacy at a recent meeting of Long Beach Republican Women Federated.
The Assembly race would be Goya's first campaign for public office. He said he is running because he thinks the district and State Legislature need someone from outside the realm of government to stop what he views as the mistakes of over-regulation and high taxes.
Goya also said he would advocate for more vocational education within the public school curriculum.
"If you can't get well-educated people, why would you come here?" he asked.
The 70th Assembly District is currently represented by Democrat Bonnie Lowenthal, who is in her third and final term in the Assembly. At least three other Democrats have filed statements of intention to enter the race.
Long Beach Councilman Patrick O'Donnell, former Long Beach Councilwoman Tonia Reyes Uranga and Ed Wilson, Signal Hill vice mayor, have all filed statements of intention with the California Secretary of State. The paperwork allows candidates to begin raising money for a potential run for office.
The Democratic Party has a significant voter registration advantage in the district. Nearly 50 percent of voters are registered with the Democratic Party. Only 27 percent of district voters are registered Republicans.
The primary election will take place June 3, 2014.