Elton Gallegly to seek re-election

first_imgGallegly’s decision to now seek re-election comes after he met for 45 minutes last night with California’s Republican delegation in the office of Rep. David Dreier, R-Glendora.Members of the delegation said before the announcement today that they urged Gallegly to stay in the race and were hopeful that would happen.Delegation members said Gallegly did not divulge details of his health condition, only telling them that it was not life threatening.“I’m encouraging him to, first and foremost, concentrate on his health,” Dreier said before Gallegly’s announcement. `”If his health is A-OK, I very much want to see him run for re-election.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88“The only reason I did what I did last week was that there was some uncertainty about (his health condition),” he said.He said that in announcing Friday that he wouldn’t run, he was being overly cautious.“These have been the most difficult four or five days of my political life,” he said.He said he spoke numerous times today with his doctors, who have given him a clean bill of health, “nothing that would prevent me from doing the job,” he said.Gallegly’s Friday announcement came on the final day to file for the June primary election. And Ventura County election officials said it was too late to remove Gallegly’s name from the ballot or extend the filing deadline for his 24th Congressional District seat. Republican Congressman Elton Gallegly reversed his controversial decision last week to not seek re-election, saying today that he will now vigorously campaign for the seat.If elected, Gallegly said he will serve the full two-year term, which he said would be his last.Gallegly had stunned officials Friday in announcing that because of health issues he would bow out of the race.In an afternoon press conference today, Gallegly _ who has represented the Ventura County area for the past 20 years _ declined to say specifically what those health issues are.last_img