Panel: D-16 congressional primary may turn into a bitter, nasty battle between Costa and Soria

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She called him a friend and even endorsed him, now Fresno city council woman Esmeralda Soria says District-16 congressman Jim Costa is not the problem solver he says he is in Washington.

Jim Verros, Diane Pearce and Ricardo Franco weigh in on what’s expected to become a nasty, bitter fight in the congressional primary.

Congressman Jim Costa releasing this statement following Soria’s announcement on Thursday:

“I was very disappointed to learn that my longtime ally and friend, Fresno City Council Member Esmerelda Soria, has made the decision to run against me in the 2020 election. We’ve always worked well together, and in my recent meeting with her she did not mention any issues with my leadership. The reason I do this job is to help people and make a difference for the valley. I have more work to do. That is why I am running for re-election. “

Family and Friends,I am humbled by the overwhelming local support, as I stand up and step up for my family and community. Our families need a Congress that works for US not corporations. Too many of us have followed the rules, worked hard, graduated from college and yet are struggling to get by. I am asking you to stand with me as your next Congresswoman. Together we will Rebuild our MIDDLE-CLASS, Fight for HEALTHCARE ACCESS for all, and ensure our KIDS go to COLLEGE, NOT CAGES!#CongressIsBroken #esme2020 #CD16 #kidsincages #womenlead DONATE Today: https://secure.anedot.com/esmeralda-soria-for-congress/donate The Fresno Bee ABC30 Action News KSEE24 News UnivisionFresno Telemundo 51 Fresno POLITICO TheHill Los Angeles Times Brianna Calix Uspark valley

Posted by Esmeralda Soria on Thursday, July 11, 2019

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