KSBW - Pacific Grove city councilwoman running for U.S. Congress
PACIFIC GROVE, Calif. —Casey Lucius, a Pacific Grove City Councilwoman and former professor at Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, announced Monday that she is running for the U.S. House of Representatives' 20th district.
The seat is currently held by a 23-year incumbent and political heavy-weight, U.S. Rep. Sam Farr.
Lucius will run in the 2016 primary.
"It’s time to step up with new ideas and a new generation of solutions," Lucius said. "The traditional clash of ideologies has resulted in stalemate and non-representative government. The nation and the Central Coast should be represented by a person who can energetically lead and moderate, not follow partisan dictates."
The 38-year-old woman is a Republican, Navy veteran, and former intelligence officer. She resigned from her teaching position at the Naval War College June 1 to comply with federal regulations that restrict federal employees from some federal political activities.
Lucius made her candidacy announcement on YouTube.
Lucius received a bachelors degree in political science from Ashland University, masters degree in National Security Affairs from Naval Postgraduate School, and Ph.D. in political science from the University of Hawaii.