Lancaster council member launches campaign for Congress

Angela Underwood-Jacobs, a city councilwoman and community banker, announced the launch of her campaign Tuesday.

A Lancaster City Council member has entered the race to represent California’s 25th Congressional District, becoming the fourth Republican announcing plans to challenge Rep. Katie Hill.

Angela Underwood Jacobs, a city councilwoman and community banker, announced the launch of her campaign Tuesday, when she said she is running for Congress because she is “deeply concerned with the lack of common-sense leadership” in her district, according to a news release.

Citing freshman Hill, D-Agua Dulce, as being one of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s most strident supporters in Congress, the candidate said, “I am disappointed with the direction of our current congresswoman who regularly supports out-of-touch socialist ideals and Pelosi’s reckless spending plans that will place an undue tax burden on our nation’s hard-working families.”

If she were to be elected, Underwood Jacobs said in the release, “I will be an advocate for the people of the 25th district, not leftist ideologies and party bosses.”

Underwood Jacobs’ campaign will focus on economic growth, immigration reform, reducing the national debt and supporting military servicemen and women, the news release states, adding she’s known as a vocal advocate for small businesses and a staunch defender of working families during her time on the Lancaster council.

The candidate added in the release she is the proud wife of a military veteran, so she also understands the challenges that veterans and their families face.

Underwood Jacobs serves as a regional manager and senior vice president of California Bank and Trust, where the release said she helps Californians live their American dream by assisting them with the purchase of their first home, receiving a loan to grow their business or saving for retirement.

As an African-American woman in a male-dominated industry, Underwood Jacobs said she has worked tirelessly to reach her career goals and believes this experience will assist her in Congress.

Underwood Jacobs said she understands there are real consequences for the choices made by elected officials and she has a profound desire to help put her community and country in a better position.

A Lancaster City Council member and businesswoman has entered the race to represent California’s 25th Congressional District, becoming the fourth Republican announcing plans to challenge Rep. Katie Hill.

Angela Underwood Jacobs, a city councilwoman and community banker, announced the launch of her campaign Tuesday, when she said she is running for Congress because she is “deeply concerned with the lack of common-sense leadership” in her district.

Citing freshman Hill, D-Agua Dulce, as being one of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s most strident supporters in Congress, the candidate said, “I am disappointed with the direction of our current congresswoman who regularly supports out-of-touch socialist ideals and Pelosi’s reckless spending plans that will place an undue tax burden on our nation’s hard-working families.”

If she were to be elected, Underwood Jacobs said, “I will be an advocate for the people of the 25th district, not leftist ideologies and party bosses.”

She added her campaign will focus on economic growth, immigration reform, reducing the national debt and supporting military servicemen and women.

As the proud wife of a military veteran for nearly 28 years, Underwood Jacobs said she understands the challenges that veterans and their families face, and her time on the Lancaster council, where she’s known as a vocal advocate for small businesses and a staunch defender of working families, has taught her about the power of economic activity.

“We’ve brought so many different jobs to Lancaster and when you give people jobs that have real wages to support their families, then communities thrive. This is why I’ve always wanted to ensure we’re creating jobs for everyone in our community,” Underwood Jacobs said, mentioning the second-chance job programs that are available throughout her region.

“I believe in an honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay,” she said. “I’m fiscally conservative, so I seek to empower the people with less oversight. I want to give people the freedom to pursue their dreams on their own accord.”

Outside of her council duties, Underwood Jacobs serves as a regional manager and senior vice president of California Bank and Trust, where she said she helps Californians live their American dream by assisting them with the purchase of their first home, receiving a loan to grow their business or saving for retirement.

As an African-American woman in a male-dominated industry, Underwood Jacobs said she has worked tirelessly to reach her career goals and believes this experience will assist her in Congress.

“I think it’s made me stronger,” she said, adding, “I think when we go through trials and tribulations, we turn out better for it. It’s certainly strengthened my resolve and because of that I’m in a position to constantly grow.”

Underwood Jacobs said she understands there are real consequences for the choices made by elected officials and she has a profound desire to help put her community and country in a better position.

“What I loved about City Council is you can make decision that has an immediate impact,” Underwood Jacobs said. “Being at the federal level would really put things in a much grander scale. To be a part of that, would simply be amazing.”

The congressional candidate said she will host events throughout the congressional district in the coming weeks.

“I’m looking to do a lot of speaking engagements because I love that piece,” Underwood Jacobs said. “Now that I’m running for Congress, I am truly here for the people, so I plan on listening and opening my mind to what people have to say. So, that’s the first place I’ll start — with the people.”

Other Republican candidates who have declared their candidacy for the 25th Congressional District seat include: Charles Patron, Suzette Valladares and Mike Garcia.


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Brennon Dixson

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Brennon Dixson covers education for the Signal. He comes to Santa Clarita from Long Beach, where he was previously employed by the Press Telegram in Long Beach and the Daily Breeze in Torrance.