Emilio Huerta is out of the race against Rep. David Valadao and Fresno engineer T.J. Cox is rumored to be in the running.
Sources have confirmed to The Bee that Cox is expected to announce his candidacy next week, possibly on Tuesday, to run for a Democratic seat in the 21st Congressional District. He previously ran for congress in the 19th Congressional District in 2006 but lost to George Radanovich by more than 20 percent, and is currently a candidate in District 10
The LA Times reports that Cox had less than $300,000 in cash on hand at the beginning of the year, which already puts him behind the other Democrats in the congressional race.
Cox has a website that indicates he is campaigning and fundraising, but it is not clear for which district or within a certain timeframe. His social media accounts also have “TJ Cox Congress” banners, and posts are as recent as Feb. 26.
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Calls to Cox’s campaign manager have not been returned.