Suzette Martinez Valladares, who previously announced her run for California’s 25th Congressional District, is now seeking to challenge Assemblywoman Christy Smith, D-Santa Clarita, in the 2020 election.

The self-described “veteran of Republican politics” and Acton resident has filed for the 38th Assembly District, according to the Secretary of State.

She leaves behind a race against three other Republicans running for the 25th Congressional District seat currently held by first-term Rep. Katie Hill, D-Agua Dulce. By entering the race to serve in Sacramento instead, Valladares becomes the direct challenger vying to unseat Smith, who is also serving her first term.

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