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New Democratic challenger for Rep. Steve Knight says the 'political climate is more dangerous now'

Diedra Greenaway (Greenaway campaign)
Diedra Greenaway (Greenaway campaign)

Saying she needs to respond to Republican attacks on women’s rights, immigration and the social safety net, Diedra Greenaway is challenging Rep. Steve Knight in the Antelope Valley’s 25th Congressional District.

“The current political climate is more dangerous now than it has been in my entire life,” she said.

Greenaway of Lancaster said she’s also running because she doesn’t think the Republican Knight of Palmdale has been responsive to voters.

“In my opinion he is not a great fit for the people of the community,” she said. “He needs to be open to all sides, but it just appears he has his own political agenda.”

Greenaway began her career with the Department of Defense and owned an in-home healthcare company in Los Angeles before being elected to the city of Los Angeles’ Northridge East Neighborhood Council last year. She is one of the council's city budget advocates, working with various departments to modify the budget.

She said her work with government means she wouldn’t need much time to learn the ins and outs of Congress.

“I think that I could start as soon as my feet hit the floor,” she said.

The 53-year-old Democrat has a bachelor of arts in sociology and a post-graduate certificate in gerontology from California State University, Northridge. She also has a masters degree in healthcare administration and is finishing a masters of business administration, both from the University of Maryland.

The 25th District is a frequent target for Democrats. More than half a dozen Democrats have jumped in the race to challenge Knight since Hillary Clinton carried the district over President Trump last year.

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