Monterey Herald - Pacific Grove Councilwoman Casey Lucius running against Sam Farr for Congress
Pacific Grove >> Casey Lucius, a Pacific Grove councilwoman, made official Monday a run for Congress against Rep. Sam Farr, D-Carmel.
Lucius, 38, a Republican, had considered a 2016 run against the incumbent since at least February.
“It’s time to step up with new ideas and a new generation of solutions,” Lucius said in a news release. “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.”
Lucius will face an uphill battle against Farr, who has represented Monterey County in Congress for 23 years.
Lucius is a U.S. Navy veteran and will leave her position as a professor of the Naval War College’s Monterey branch.
She taught Theater Security Decision Making in the Department of National Security Affairs at the college.
Lucius published a book in 2009 called “Vietnam’s Political Process: How Education Shapes Decision Making.”
She has served as a councilwoman in Pacific Grove since December 2012 and as a board member on the Fort Ord Reuse Authority since last year.
Lucius’ husband is a retired U.S. Marine who now works for the Humane Society.
In a YouTube clip announcing her run, Lucius said voters who are concerned about jobs, water, the environment and national security should support her so “we can create a new beginning.”
In the “Issues” section of her website, CaseyLucius.com, she said she supports gay marriage, is concerned about climate change but wants to limit global spending, supports the Second Amendment and abortion rights in the first six months of a pregnancy.
“On the Central Coast, we have a gang problem, not a gun problem,” her website states.
Farr has $95,087 cash on hand for the campaign, while Lucius has none, according to the Federal Election Commission.
Farr continued to get donations the last few months from local business leaders including Rick Antle, president of Tanimura and Antle; Steve McIntyre, owner of McIntyre Vineyards; and businessman-philanthropist Peter Wang.
Phillip Molnar can be reached at 726-4361.