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Ex-House Candidate Will Take Top Role in Likely Clinton Campaign

Renteria is running for Congress. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
Renteria is running for Congress. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Amanda Renteria, the former Capitol Hill aide who unsuccessfully ran for Congress in 2014, is poised to be named the national political director of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s likely presidential campaign, according to two sources with knowledge of the move.  

Renteria, reached by phone, declined to comment on the gig Thursday afternoon, but she said, “I’m thinking a lot about what’s next.”  

The position would put her toward the top of Clinton campaign’s hierarchy — and assures Renteria will not take a second run for California’s 21st District, a top target for House Democrats  in 2016. The former Secretary of State has not announced her campaign for president yet but is expected to enter the White House race in the coming months.  

A spokesman for Clinton’s office did not immediately return an email request seeking comment.  

Renteria — the first Latina chief of staff on Capitol Hill  who worked for Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich. — was a top Democratic recruit in the Central Valley-based district last cycle.  

President Barack Obama carried the district by an 11-point margin in 2012. But despite the district’s Democratic lean, Renteria lost to GOP Rep. David Valadao by a 16-point margin in November.  

Democrats hoped Renteria would run again in 2016, a presidential election cycle projected to be a better year for Democrats up and down the ballot.  

Democrat Joaquin Arambula, an emergency medical doctor in the Central Valley, is mulling a bid for the seat, according to multiple Democratic operatives. Arambula’s father, Juan Arambula, is a former state assemblyman from the district.

Arambula met with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee on a potential run against Valadao on Thursday, according to a source with knowledge of the meeting.

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