Photo courtesy of the office of Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren.
Photo courtesy of the office of Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren.

The California Citizens Redistricting Commission certified the new state and federal district maps on Dec. 27. Provided the maps are not challenged in court through a referendum, they become effective March 27.

Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren, representative of the 19th district, will run for the new 18th congressional district that includes the east halves of Santa Clara County and Monterey County, parts of Santa Cruz County and the entire San Benito County. If elected it would be her 14th term.

In an interview with BenitoLink, Lofgren talks about potentially representing San Benito County, issues she hopes to tackle and creating a relationship with local officials.

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