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2018 electionCongressional races

Another Democrat is running to replace retiring GOP Rep. Ed Royce

Mount SAC board member Jay Chen is running for the 39th Congressional District. (Tom Zasadzinski)
Mount SAC board member Jay Chen is running for the 39th Congressional District. (Tom Zasadzinski)

Another Democrat has joined the race for the 39th Congressional District, days after 13-term Republican Rep. Ed Royce said he would retire.

Jay Chen, a Mount San Antonio Community College trustee, announced his bid Friday on Facebook. He’s the only Democrat to enter the race so far with experience in political campaigning for himself.

Chen, 39, ran against Royce in 2012 and lost, getting 42% to Royce’s 58%.

In announcing his latest bid, Chen said his previous run “laid the groundwork for resistance that ultimately led to a welcome retirement.”

“This won’t be an easy race,” he continued, “however, with my experience and your support, I know that we will win.”

Chen told The Times on Tuesday he was considering a bid and showed up at a candidate forum Wednesday armed with campaign pamphlets.

In addition to at least five Republicans running, Chen also faces at least six other Democrats, all of whom are first-time candidates, and two independents.

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