September 7, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Aja Smith Launches Campaign for Congress Against Mark Takano (CA41)
RIVERSIDE, CA – Air Force veteran Aja Smith announced today that she is running for California's 41st Congressional district seat in 2020 against Democrat Congressman Mark Takano. As an Air Force veteran, Aja’s concern for national security and public safety - and Takano’s silence on the issue, spurred her decision to challenge Takano again for the Riverside County Congressional seat.
“I volunteered to serve this country in the U.S. Air Force because I care deeply about the safety of America and my neighbors here in Riverside County. As our fellow Americans in the military serve around the world keeping America safe, we watch these 15th Century diseases re-emerge from Democrat controlled cities in California. Mark Takano ignores the reality he sees around him and instead continues the Trump-Russia witch hunt that he knows is false. Riverside County needs a Congress Member who can work on solving the crime, homelessness and border security issues we face everyday.”
Takano’s lack of commitment to our safety and security has been noticed by local Democrat veterans as well as local Republicans veterans such as Aja Smith. One such Democrat opponent is Army Veteran Grace Williams (D) who is focused on building “closer ties with our police departments” and demanding “solutions that will address homelessness.” Takano’s second Democrat opponent is Simon Mark Alvarez. No other Republican candidates have filed or declared for the 41st Congressional District seat.
A Moreno Valley native, Technical Sergeant Aja Smith challenged Takano in 2018 receiving the endorsement of Riverside Congressman Ken Calvert, the Republican Party of Riverside County, and “Repeal the Car Tax” activist Carl DeMaio. Smith believes the newly legal tactic of ballot harvesting will give her campaign an opportunity to be competitive.
“In 2020, we are going to build a relentless ballot harvesting effort to take our message to the doors of those newly registered voters of all parties. The difference between the election in 2018 and the election in 2020 is that now voters are learning the truth about the fake Russian collusion hoax, now voters see how Mark Takano played politics with our election integrity and our national security, and now Republicans understand the impact ballot harvesting can have on an election.”
The same way that California Democrats were able to win seven Republican Congressional seats in 2018 by using ballot harvesting, Smith plans on being the first Republican race to be focused 100% on ballot harvesting. Smith is hoping to become the first Black female Republican candidate to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from California.
The 41st Congressional District in western Riverside County includes the cities of Moreno Valley, Perris, and Riverside, located in the Inland Empire region of Southern California.