Rep. Mike Thompson has made his re-election bid official and filed papers to run in the June primary election to retain his 5th Congressional District seat.
Thompson, D-St. Helena, has served in the House of Representatives since 1998. The 5th district covers all of Napa County and parts of Solano, Sonoma, Lake and Contra Costa counties.
“I was born, grew up and still live in our district today,” Thompson said in a press release. “It is my highest honor and greatest privilege to work in Congress on behalf of my friends and neighbors at home.”
Among recent accomplishments, he listed working with county and local officials to secure federal funds to help rebuild Napa after the South Napa earthquake and to finish building the Napa River flood control bypass.
If re-elected, Thompson said he will work to protect Social Security and Medicare, seek comprehensive immigration reform and work to strengthen national security.
He talked about growing the economy, preserving pristine lands in the district and making certain criminals and the dangerously mentally ill don’t have easy access to guns while also protecting Second Amendment rights.
No one has filed to run against Thompson. The filing deadline for the election is March 11. Thompson’s opponent in the 2014 election, James Hinton of Napa, is running for the 2nd District seat of the Napa County Board of Supervisors.
Last year, Thompson raised $961,644 for his campaign and at the end of 2015 had $1.4 million on hand, according to the Federal Election Commission. He raised $422,622 from individual donors and $529,645 from political action committees and committees, with the remainder coming from other sources.