Anthony Adams is a former state lawmaker and member of the Republican Party of California. He is now a part of the largest field of candidates in any of the Congressional District races in California, and is the only Independent in the mix.
Scorching rhetoric has been the norm in the free-for-all race for California’s 8th Congressional District. Thirteen candidates — the largest gaggle of any congressional race in the state — are scratching for votes in a solidly Republican area that stretches from Yucaipa and Needles northward past Death Valley and Mammoth Lakes.
Ten of the contenders are Republicans, and at least three of them claim to be the tea party candidate. Two are Democrats. The sole independent is Adams, a former state Assemblyman from Hesperia who survived a recall effort after he voted with Democrats in the Legislature to raise taxes and break a budget stalemate in 2009. With that kind of mix, even leaders in the California Republican Party could not reach a consensus on whom to endorse, so they didn’t endorse anyone.
No polling has been done in this race. The top two vote-getters will move on to the November general election, regardless of what party affiliation they claim, if any.