Rep. Katie Hill has her first 2020 opponent, Republican Suzette Valladares

By Kevin Modesti MODESTI | April 3, 2019

Suzette Martinez Valladares, a Republican who runs a faith-based non-profit, has become the first candidate to file papers to challenge Rep. Katie Hill in a California congressional seat in north Los Angeles County, according to listings on the Federal Election Commission website.

Valladares, who lives in Acton with her husband and daughter, said in an announcement that the 25th District “needs a conservative voice.”

“We need a representative in Washington who will work to fix our broken immigration system, fight for access to affordable and quality healthcare, and always look to reduce regulations so that our small businesses can thrive,” Valladares’ statement said.

A graduate of Sylmar High and Cal State Northridge, Valladares was a district representative for then-Rep. Buck McKeon. She is CEO of Little Steps of Faith, which provides childcare and preschool education to L.A. County families, her announcement said.

Hill, D-Agua Dulce, is in her first term in the House of Representatives. She unseated Republican Steve Knight in the November 2018 election in the district that covers parts of the San Fernando, Santa Clarita, Simi and Antelope valleys and parts of L.A. and Ventura counties.

Candidates have until Dec. 6 to enter congressional races.

Republicans have already filed papers to run in the March 3, 2020 primaries in several other Southern California districts that flipped to Democrats in 2018.