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After Taking on Costa and AOC, Elizabeth Heng Sets Sights on U.S. Senate
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By David Taub, Senior Reporter
Published 3 years ago on
March 8, 2021

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Elizabeth Heng, the Fresno native who is best known for her 2018 campaign for Congress, announced she is running for U.S. Senate.

Heng, a Republican, is planning a run against Democratic Sen. Alex Padilla in the 2022 election.

Padilla was appointed to the Senate in January, by Gov. Gavin Newsom, to complete the term of Kamala Harris — who was elected vice president.

In a Twitter video, Heng said she wants to provide a voice for the voiceless, attacking “career politicians” for what she describes as an ineffective coronavirus response.

“Coronavirus is impacting all of us. We are hurting. These career politicians seem to think that their policies are good and working. They’re not. They are the problem. We need leaders who will fight for common sense solutions. And that’s what I will do,” Heng said in a video message.

Notable 2018 Campaign

Heng, a Stanford graduate and former Republican staffer in Washington, surprised many election pundits by receiving 47% of the vote in the 2018 congressional primary against incumbent Jim Costa, D-Fresno.

She raised $1.3 million and aired a notable campaign commercial, showing a Jim Costa-lookalike walking around in high heels. The spot attempted to tie Costa to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco.

The momentum did not last, with Costa winning 57.5% to 42.5% for Heng.

Since her run for Congress, Heng helped found the New Faces GOP PAC.

She also gained attention for airing a political ad in September 2019 following a presidential debate in select TV markets. The ad criticized Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-New York, and faced backlash for tying Ocasio-Cortez to socialism.

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David Taub,
Senior Reporter
Curiosity drives David Taub. The award-winning journalist might be shy, but feels mighty with a recorder in his hand. He doesn't see it his job to "hold public officials accountable," but does see it to provide readers (and voters) the information needed to make intelligent choices. Taub has been honored with several writing awards from the California News Publishers Association. He's just happy to have his stories read. Joining GV Wire in 2016, Taub covers politics, government and elections, mainly in the Fresno/Clovis area. He also writes columns about local eateries (Appetite for Fresno), pro wrestling (Off the Bottom Rope), and media (Media Man). Prior to joining the online news source, Taub worked as a radio producer for KMJ and PowerTalk 96.7 in Fresno. He also worked as an assignment editor for KCOY-TV in Santa Maria, California, and KSEE-TV in Fresno. He has also worked behind the scenes for several sports broadcasts, including the NCAA basketball tournament, and the Super Bowl. When not spending time with his family, Taub loves to officially score Fresno Grizzlies games. Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Taub is a die-hard Giants and 49ers fan. He graduated from the University of Michigan with dual degrees in communications and political science. Go Blue! You can contact David at 559-492-4037 or at Send an Email

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