California’s Lone Independent Assemblyman to Retire, Considering 2022 Congressional Bid

Assemblyman Chad Mayes, the only independent in the California legislature, has decided not to seek re-election after 8 years in office and is publicly pondering a bid for the U.S. House of Representatives.

Initially elected as a Republican in 2014, Mayes has been highly critical of former president Donald Trump and ultimately decided to leave the GOP prior to seeking re-election in 2020. Despite his affiliation switch, Mayes was re-elected by a comfortable margin. In fact, he defeated a Republican challenger by more than 10-points in the general election.

“I love our state and I love this Country,” Mayes said in a tweet Monday morning. “Public policy is in my blood and I’m certainly not done serving. But the time has come for me to move on to the next chapter beyond the state legislature.”

Mayes told The Desert Sun that he’s considering a challenge of U.S. Rep. Ken Calvert.

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