California’s 39th Congressional District, split between Los Angeles, Orange, and San Bernardino Counties, will be one of the most competitive districts in California. Since long-time incumbent Ed Royce announced his retirement, Republicans are scrambling big money to fill his seat. Hillary Clinton won the district by a whopping nine points, the DCCC labeled it a first-round target on its battlefield map, and Royce won by the slimmest margin since his first run for congress. Since Royce’s retirement announcement, the Cook Political Report changed the district’s status from Lean R to current Toss Up. This district has not seen a Democratic challenger like Gil before, whose dedication to service and country will propel him to victory in November.