Political Notebook

Renteria is getting lots of attention from national magazines such as Elle

There’s no doubt: the national magazine world likes 21st Congressional District candidate Amanda Renteria.

The Sanger Democrat is part of a photo spread in the latest Elle magazine that features eight women — seven Democrats and a Republican — running for Congress. Copy next to the photo notes that if eight women can win in November, and no incumbents lose, females will make up 20% of the U.S. House for the first time.

Early this year, Cosmopolitan.com (later reprinted in Marie Claire) included her in a feature titled “20 Women to Watch in Politics in 2014,” and she’s slated to be in next month’s Marie Claire magazine.

What’s unclear is how many votes, if any, the magazine appearances can win Renteria in her race against incumbent Hanford Republican David Valadao.

Renteria — who said the magazines approached her, likely after she was featured in Cosmo Latina — said the election is a much bigger deal than the magazine appearances.

“Magazines are thrown away every month,” she said. “I want to make a real difference. Gotta win and make a difference.”