Lois Capps, the long-term Democrat incumbent in the 23rd Congressional District, will face at least two Republican challengers, both from the insurance industry.
Santa Maria insurance owner Dave Stockdale and John Davidson, an insurance and financial services executive from Thousand Oaks, announced their candidacies this week.
Davidson, 58, is founder and president of Davidson Insurance & Financial Services, Inc. In 2006, he was elected president of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA) – a $20 million professional association representing 200,000 members and their staff.
Davidson said in a press release that he will fight for a free market economy and against expanding a government “that already over-regulates and overspends.”
“I am running for Congress….to join the fight to stop runaway spending and to bring our federal budget into balance before we collapse under the weight of government debt,” he wrote.
Stockdale, 54, a graduate of The College of Wooster, owns a life and health insurance business in Santa Maria. He said he will focus on a “back to basics” campaign that emphasizes jobs, freedom and personal responsibility.
“It’s time to get government off our backs,” Stockdale said. “People are tired of ineffective politicians and a mindset that says it’s okay to spend, spend, spend. Our children don’t deserve the debt from the spending spree in Washington.”
Stockdale added that he will press for accountability from elected officials, and focus on a strong national defense and a limited, Constitutional approach to government.