The race for California's 25th Congressional District, representing Santa Clarita, Simi Valley and much of the Antelope Valley, is a top target for Democrats hoping to gain control of the House of Representatives. It's the only Republican-held congressional seat in Los Angeles County.
The area turned away from its historically white, conservative leanings as the housing crisis began forcing a more diverse group of residents of the L.A. area out into the high desert a decade ago, the Los Angeles Times reports. The district went to Hillary Clinton in 2016 by nearly 7 points, and Democrats now have an edge in voter registration.
Democrat Katie Hill, a political newcomer, is promising to end politics as usual in her bid to unseat Rep. Steve Knight, a Republican elected to Congress in 2014 after serving in the state Legislature.
Hill, 31, is a former executive at a Los Angeles homeless services nonprofit. She grew up in the area and lives on a ranch in Agua Dulce.
Knight, 51, is a former Los Angeles police officer and Army veteran who turned to politics initially as a Palmdale City Council member.
Read more on the issue-by-issue differences between Hill and Knight here.