Gloria Matta Tuchman, co-author of last year’s “English-only” initiative for schools, will challenge Rep. Loretta Sanchez and try to return to Republicans the 46th District seat Democrat Sanchez won from Robert Dornan in 1996.
Tuchman, who failed in her 1998 bid to become state schools superintendent, has filed papers with the Federal Elections Commission for a campaign committee, taking the final step toward candidacy after establishing an exploratory committee in May.
Tuchman, 57, was recruited for the run by the National Republican Congressional Committee, which is eager to regain control of the central-county 46th Congressional District. NRCC spokeswoman Jill Schroeder said Tuchman’s activism and name recognition made her an easy choice. No other GOP candidates have surfaced for the race.
Tuchman, a Tustin resident and Santa Ana first-grade teacher, is also considered an attractive candidate for the heavily Hispanic district because of her Hispanic heritage.
“We have done a survey (of the district), and her candidacy looks very favorable,” said Tuchman adviser Lorelei Kindy. Tuchman, who is vacationing in Europe, plans to make a formal announcement in early August.
The success of Tuchman’s candidacy will hinge largely on her ability to raise money. Sanchez, D-Santa Ana, was among the top House fund-raisers in her rematch against Dornan last year.
Although Tuchman lost in her bid for office last year, she won 55 percent of the vote in Sanchez’s district. The “English-only” Proposition 227 won 61 percent of the vote statewide and also won in Sanchez’s district.
Democrats have a 7.5 percent edge over Republicans in voter registration in the district.