Kimberlin Brown, an actress best known for her roles on "The Bold and the Beautiful" and other soap operas, became the first challenger to announce a run against Democratic Rep. Raul Ruiz of Palm Desert on Tuesday.
“For the first time in the history of our great country, we are not leaving something better behind for the next generation,” Brown, a Republican, said in a statement. She criticized Ruiz, saying he hasn't passed any "meaningful" legislation. She promised to work across the aisle and with President Trump to get things done.
Brown, 56, served as a campaign surrogate for Trump last year and spoke at the Republican National Convention, calling Trump a leader who "raised concerns on behalf of working people." She has also emphasized the challenges of being a small-business owner, highlighting her experience as the owner of an avocado farm and a design firm.