COACHELLA VALLEY, Calif. - Republican Ray Haynes is considering a run for Congress in the Southern California desert, according to the Sacramento Bee.
The former state lawmaker said he may seek the 36th Congressional District seat held by freshman Rep. Raul Ruiz. He made the announcement in an email to his supporters.
It was expected to be a two-way race between Ruiz and Brian Nestande, a GOP assemblyman.
Republicans enjoy a nearly 1.5-percentage point voter registration advantage in the district that stretches from Hemet east to the California-Arizona border.
"The time to win the 36th Congressional district is this year, and so, if I am to re-engage in politics, this would be the time to do so," Haynes wrote. "That is why I am looking at this seat now."
In his email message, he asked supporters whether they would back him in a potential run.
"Over the last couple of years I have found myself becoming more and more frustrated by what is going on in Washington," Haynes wrote. "Quite frankly, I could live the rest of my life, never be in Congress, and believe that I have done well by my neighbors during my time in politics. However, there are times when I believe I can be value added to the country, my state, my county, and my neighbors by giving voice to their concerns and their needs in the political arena."
We'll track the progress of Haynes' campaign run, if he does indeed decide to challenge Ruiz.