Cook won’t run for Congress next year

Congressman Paul Cook, a retired Marine colonel, gave a Memorial Day message at Joshua Tree Memorial Park in May. 

WASHINGTON — Congressman Paul Cook announced this week he will not run for re-election to the House of Representatives in 2020.

Instead, the former Yucca Valley mayor plans to run for a seat on the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors.

Cook won’t be competing with his former field representative and fellow Yucca Valley resident, Dawn Rowe, who plans to run for re-election as 3rd District supervisor.

Instead, he told press he will campaign for the 1st District supervisor’s seat. The man who currently holds that position, Robert Lovingood, has announced he will not run again.

The 1st District includes Apple Valley, Victorville and Hesperia.

Cook, who has served in Congress since 2013, is the 18th Republican in the House of Representatives to announce he won’t seek re-election or is resigning.

A fellow Republican, Assemblyman Jay Obernolte from Big Bear Lake, said he plans to run to replace Cook in Congress.

Democrat Chris Bubser, of Mammoth Lakes, is also running.

The primary will occur on March 3, 2020. The general election will occur on November 3, 2020. General election candidates will be added here following the primary.

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I will be supporting Chris Bubser. Chris will defend our fragile Desert lands from evvironmental exploitation (pointing at you, you, Cadiz Corp.) She will fight for veterans, working people, seniors, as well as the under-represented. I can't wait to vote for her. She even holds Town Halls!


Congressman Cook has been in the public foxhole for over three years. He's been a major supporter of President Trump not matter how flagrant the Constitutional violations have been. It seem it's ALWAYS party over Country with Cook. We've also noticed that he will do most anything for a three thousand dollar campaign donation. He did that with the Cadiz Project 180 degree turnaround and the deadline extension of the Eagle Crest Energy storage project. Will he be supporting Trump as a County Supervisor in 2020?

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